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Buying a Used Car? Just Say – Show Me the CARFAX!

Don't run the risk of buying a used car with costly hidden problems. Get a detailed vehicle history report from our nationwide database within seconds.

What is a VIN?

Every CARFAX Vehicle History Report™ checks for:

Title Problems
Severe Accident?
Lemon?
Flooded?
Odometer Problems?
Ownership History
How Many Owners?
High Mileage?
Rental?
Fleet Car?
Accidents & Service
Total Loss?
Airbags Deployed?
Frame Damage?
Service Records?
TITLE PROBLEMS

CARFAX receives vehicle brand information from every U.S. and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency. This information helps protect you from buying a car with a DMV-issued branded title including salvage, fire or flood damage, and mileage problems.

SEVERE ACCIDENT?

A car that has been severely damaged in an accident may be reported as salvaged by the state. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report helps protect you from unknowingly buying a car that has a state-issued salvage brand.

LEMON?

When a new vehicle has major problems and is bought back by the manufacturer, it may be marked by the state as a lemon car. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report tells if a car has been branded as a lemon by a state DMV- guaranteed.

FLOODED?

Flood damaged cars can be dangerous to drive and are often moved to other states and sold to unsuspecting buyers. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report includes flood damage titles issued by state DMVs.

ODOMETER PROBLEMS?

The CARFAX Vehicle History Report includes DMV-reported odometer problems. In addition, CARFAX does an odometer rollback check on every VIN that you run to help you identify possible odometer fraud.

OWNERSHIP HISTORY

CARFAX receives vehicle registration information from every U.S. and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency. This information can help you see where and how the vehicle was used.

HOW MANY OWNERS?

CARFAX uses proprietary technology to estimate the number of owners based on all of the records in a vehicle's history. Look for the CARFAX 1-Owner Vehicle emblem on the CARFAX Report.

HIGH MILEAGE?

Higher than average mileage can affect a vehicle's value and cost of ownership. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report tells the average miles driven per year and the last odometer reading reported to CARFAX.

RENTAL?

Rental cars are often well maintained but are driven by many people under various driving conditions. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report may tell if the vehicle has been registered by a rental company.

FLEET CAR?

Prior registration as a fleet vehicle can affect a car's value. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report may tell if a car was registered as a fleet or commercial vehicle.

ACCIDENTS & SERVICE

The CARFAX database contains accident indicators and service records from thousands of sources. Still, there may be an event in a vehicle's history that was not reported to CARFAX. We recommend that you have a car inspected by a qualified mechanic before you buy.

TOTAL LOSS?

An insurance company may declare a vehicle a total loss, even if the damage is insufficient to warrant a salvage title by a state DMV. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report may tell if the car has been declared a total loss by an insurance company.

AIRBAGS DEPLOYED?

After airbags are deployed, they must be properly replaced. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report may alert you to previously deployed airbags. Always have a car's airbags inspected by a mechanic.

FRAME DAMAGE?

Even a minor incident can cause structural damage that impacts a car's value and safety. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report may show if a vehicle has suffered frame damage. Always have a car's frame or structure inspected by a mechanic.

SERVICE RECORDS?

CARFAX has millions of service records, including oil changes and other routine maintenance, which are included in the CARFAX Vehicle History Report. Remember to also ask the seller for service and maintenance records.

CARFAX Vehicle History Reports are based on information supplied to CARFAX. CARFAX does not have the complete history of every vehicle.