Do You Have a Clean CarFax?

A CarFax report is an in-depth record and history of documented things that your vehicle has gone through, whether that's major service, an accident or multiple sales. Using your vehicle's VIN, it's able to compile all of the information listed below that's available:

What goes into a CarFax report?

Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing a even-textured exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't been damaged before. This includes everything from an accident to other harm to the car that has happened since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been in an accident resulting in it being totaled.

Odometer HistoryTo be sure of accurate mileage, CarFax can gather information on history of the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, it is possible that it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is newer than it actually is.

Any Issues With TitlingThe title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if this is missing or there are issues with it, then it's best to walk away. Don't buy from a private seller who can't demonstrate that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"When a dealer has recalled or repurchased the vehicle due to major issues, this is what's known as "lemon status." It's probably best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of the potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous OwnersIt's good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that it might be a better vehicle in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been properly kept up, you should be provided with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from CarFax can provide insight into any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been fixed.

Any Warranties Still ValidDepending on the age of the used vehicle, CarFax will be able to tell you if any warranties might still be valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety InformationCarFax should have crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle in the event that they ever got into an accident.

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean CarFax report means that there haven't been any major problems reported. If you're selling your vehicle, you've properly maintained it and haven't gotten in any major accidents, you should be in the clear. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the CarFax report before you make your decision.

How do you know if you have a clean CarFax report? The most basic definition: No deal-breaking issues have been reported. If you haven't been in any major accidents and you've kept up with regular maintenance, you shouldn't have to worry about the CarFax getting in the way of selling your vehicle. If you're looking to buy a vehicle, make sure that you take everything on the CarFax into consideration before making your decision to purchase.

If you'd like to learn more about the CarFax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by our dealership at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325 or give us a call. We look forward to serving our customers from Clinton, SC, and throughout Greenville and Columbia!