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CARFAX Vehicle History Report
2003 MERCEDES-BENZ S500 4MATIC AWD
VIN: WDBNG84J13A347188
SEDAN 4 DR
5.0L V8 FI SOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Branded title
Branded Titles: Rebuilt, Salvage
3 or more previous owners
4 Previous owners
Service information available
30 Service history records
Registered as a personal vehicle
Personal vehicle
Vehicle registration information
Last owned in Nebraska
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
Just say, Show Me the CARFAX!

This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 7/23/16 at 2:08:15 PM (EDT). Other information about this vehicle, including problems, may not have been reported to CARFAX. Use this report as one important tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.










Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.





















Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
















Dismantled Title
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value. When a Dismantled title is issued, the vehicle may be used only for parts or scrap metal. It cannot be re-titled or returned to the road.


































Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.













Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.

Basic Warranty
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.























































































Loss Due To Fire Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.




Hail Damage Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.


Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.
Dismantled Title
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value. When a Dismantled title is issued, the vehicle may be used only for parts or scrap metal. It cannot be re-titled or returned to the road.































































Structural Damage
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).









































Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.






Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.

















Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven States also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.


Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.












Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.




Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.












Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.





























Accident / Damage Indicator
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.














Odometer Check
CARFAX analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
  • Rollbacks - odometer tampering to conceal a car's true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
  • Rollovers - after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation)
  • Inconsistencies - conflicting mileage data means CARFAX cannot determine if it's a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error)




Hail Damage Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.







Accident / Damage Indicator
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.












Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.




Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.
















Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.










Structural Damage
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).


Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.














Odometer Check
CARFAX analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
  • Rollbacks - odometer tampering to conceal a car's true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
  • Rollovers - after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation)
  • Inconsistencies - conflicting mileage data means CARFAX cannot determine if it's a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error)





Loss Due To Fire Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.






































































Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.



Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.







Not Actual Mileage Title
When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle's actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.






Basic Warranty
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.







Not Actual Mileage Title
When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle's actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.





Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.




















Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven States also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.


Ownership History

The number of owners is estimated

Owners 1-2 Owner 3 Owner 4
Year purchased2003 2013 2014 
Type of owner Personal Personal Personal
Estimated length of ownership10 yrs. 1 mo. 3 months 2 yrs. 5 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provincesNew York New York, Nebraska Nebraska 
Estimated miles driven per yearSee Details --- --- 
Last reported odometer reading81,342 84,094 84,175 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section

Owners 1-2 Owner 3 Owner 4
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon No Problem Alert!
Problem Found
Alert!
Problem Found
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits No Problem No Problem No Problem

Alert! Severe problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This vehicle does not qualify for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee.

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX

Owners 1-2 Owner 3 Owner 4
Total Loss
Total loss reported on 09/21/2013.
No Issues Reported
Total Loss Reported
No New Issues Reported
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Airbag Deployment
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues Indicated
No Issues Indicated
No Issues Indicated
Accident / Damage
DMV title problems reported. Accident reported on 01/07/2007.
Accident Reported
Severe Damage
Severe Damage
Manufacturer Recall
Check with an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for any open recalls.
No Recalls Reported
No Recalls Reported
No Recalls Reported
Basic Warranty
Original manufacturer warranty likely voided by manufacturer after vehicle was severely damaged.
Warranty Active
Warranty
Voided
Warranty
Voided

Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased:2003
Type:Personal
Where:New York
Est. miles/year:12,043/yr
Est. length owned: 3/19/03 - 6/30/06 (3 yrs. 3 mo.)
MERCEDES-BENZ
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
03/19/2003     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Roslyn, NY
Registration issued or renewed
First owner reported
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
03/21/2003   18   Service Facility Parking brake adjusted
03/08/2004   13,447   Service Facility Vehicle serviced
09/21/2004   19,846   Service Facility Brake pads replaced
Door trim panel replaced/repaired
Electrical system checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Two tires mounted
04/11/2005   25,301   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

04/25/2005     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Roslyn, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
05/06/2005     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Recommended maintenance performed
09/08/2005     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Left seatbelt assembly replaced
02/21/2006     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Emissions inspection performed
02/21/2006   35,441   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

03/29/2006     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Airbag replaced
Electrical system checked
05/01/2006     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Sunvisor(s) replaced/repaired
06/01/2006     Rallye Motors, Inc.
Roslyn, NY
516-801-8800
rallyemotors.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Alternator replaced
Computer(s) checked
06/30/2006   39,561   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Vehicle serviced
06/30/2006     Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Dealer Offered for sale as a Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle

Pewter Silver Exterior
Stone Nappa Interior
07/13/2006   39,562   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Electrical system checked
Steering/suspension checked
08/23/2006     Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Brake rotor(s) replaced
Brakes checked
Front brake rotor(s) replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
Safety inspection performed
Seatbelts checked
Tire(s) replaced
Washed/detailed
Wiper(s) replaced
08/24/2006     New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

 
Owner 2
Purchased:2006
Type:Personal
Where:New York
Est. miles/year:6,063/yr
Est. length owned: 8/29/06 - 5/13/13 (6 yrs. 8 mo.)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
08/29/2006     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hauppauge, NY
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
New owner reported
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Loan or lien reported
Passed safety inspection
09/01/2006   40,524   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Airbag system checked
Alignment checked
Seat(s) checked
Steering/suspension checked
10/10/2006     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hauppauge, NY
Title issued or updated
Loan or lien reported
01/07/2007     New York
Damage Report
Accident reported
with another motor vehicle
03/20/2007   44,089   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Dash light dimmer switch replaced
Fluids checked
Interior lights checked
Steering/suspension checked
Transmission fluid/oil leak checked
05/02/2007   45,432   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Steering/suspension checked
06/05/2007   46,357   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
A/C and heating system checked
Battery/charging system checked
Electrical system checked
Interior trim checked
07/11/2007     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hauppauge, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
08/25/2007   48,410   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

11/16/2007   50,171   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
A/C and heating system checked
Alignment checked
Oil and filter changed
Tires rotated
06/19/2008   55,338   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Transmission checked
07/30/2008   56,418   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Exhaust system checked
Fuel system checked
08/22/2008   57,225   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

04/07/2009   61,080   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Engine oil/fluid leak checked
Oil and filter changed
Valve cover gasket(s) replaced
Washed/detailed
07/03/2009     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hauppauge, NY
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Loan or lien reported
Passed safety inspection
09/15/2009   63,760   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

01/21/2010     Service Plan Co.
Hauppauge, NY
Service contract issued
09/28/2010   68,265   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected

07/11/2011     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hauppauge, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
08/10/2011   73,128   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Alignment checked
Alignment performed
Brake line(s) replaced/repaired
Brake rotor(s) replaced
Rear brake pads replaced
Rear brake rotor(s) replaced
Two tires mounted
08/31/2011   73,500   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Vehicle serviced
Emissions or safety inspection performed
08/31/2011     New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected
05/14/2012   76,636   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
A/C system checked
06/18/2012   77,319   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Battery/charging system checked
Driveshaft checked
Engine checked
06/27/2012     Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Driveshaft checked
Rear crankshaft oil seal replaced
Valve cover gasket(s) replaced
07/17/2012   77,535   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Airbag system checked
08/17/2012   78,249   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected
05/03/2013   81,215   Mercedes-Benz of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-265-2204
mbofsmithtown.com
Airbag system checked
05/13/2013     Auto Auction
New York
Listed as a dealer vehicle
Vehicle sold at auction
05/13/2013     Lexus of Smithtown
Saint James, NY
631-360-3200
lexusofsmithtown.com
Vehicle offered for sale
05/22/2013   81,309   Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
05/23/2013   81,342   New York
Inspection Station
Passed safety inspection
Passed emissions inspection

View what was inspected
06/21/2013     Dealer Inventory Vehicle sold
06/21/2013     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Brentwood, NY
Registration issued or renewed
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
Passed safety inspection
06/24/2013     Service Plan Co.
Brentwood, NY
Service contract issued
06/27/2013     Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
 
Owner 3
Purchased:2013
Type:Personal
Where:New York, Nebraska
Est. length owned: 8/2/13 - 11/19/13 (3 months)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
08/02/2013     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Brentwood, NY
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
08/02/2013     Dealer Inventory Vehicle sold
09/21/2013     New York
Stolen Report
Vehicle reported stolen
Vehicle recovered after theft
09/21/2013     Damage Report
New York
TOTAL LOSS VEHICLE
Vehicle declared a total loss
by an insurance company
  • There are many reasons an insurance company will declare a vehicle a total loss. Have this vehicle inspected by a qualified technician before you buy. Learn more
11/19/2013     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Vehicle purchase reported
11/19/2013   83,922   Auto Auction Sold at auction
11/26/2013     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Omaha, NE
Dealer took title of this vehicle
while it was in inventory
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
Exempt from odometer reporting
Vehicle color noted as Gray
01/08/2014     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
01/13/2014     New York
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Title or registration issued
to insurance company
01/14/2014   84,019   Brakes Plus
Omaha, NE
Alignment performed
Tire(s) replaced
01/14/2014     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Vehicle purchase reported
01/24/2014   84,094   Mercedes-Benz of Omaha
Omaha, NE
402-384-9999
omahamercedes.com
Maintenance inspection completed
 
Owner 4
Purchased:2014
Type:Personal
Where:Nebraska
Est. length owned: 2/3/14 - present (2 yrs. 5 mo.)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
02/03/2014     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Omaha, NE
New owner reported
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
REBUILT TITLE ISSUED
Exempt from odometer reporting
Vehicle color noted as Gray
02/07/2014   84,175   Mercedes-Benz of Omaha
Omaha, NE
402-384-9999
omahamercedes.com
Vehicle serviced
01/13/2015     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Omaha, NE
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
REBUILT TITLE ISSUED
Vehicle color noted as Gray
01/11/2016     Nebraska
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Omaha, NE
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
REBUILT TITLE ISSUED
Vehicle color noted as Gray
07/23/2016     myCARFAXManufacturer Recommended Maintenance Schedules
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Glossary

Accident / Damage Indicator
CARFAX receives information about accidents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Different information in a vehicle's history can indicate an accident or damage, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. Not every accident or damage event is reported and not all reported are provided to CARFAX. Details about the accident or damage event when reported to CARFAX (e.g. severity, impact location, airbag deployment) are included on the Vehicle History Report. CARFAX recommends you obtain a vehicle inspection from your dealer or an independent mechanic.
  • According to the National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2015 edition, 8% of the 254 million registered vehicles in the U.S. were involved in an accident in 2013. Over 74% of these were considered minor or moderate.
  • CARFAX depends on many sources for its accident / damage data. CARFAX can only report what is in our database on 7/23/16 at 2:08:15 PM (EDT). New data will result in a change to this report.
New York Damage Reports:
  • Do not include an assessment of damage severity
  • Are required if the estimated damage exceeds $1000
Auction Disclosures or Announcements
Dealers and institutions (i.e. fleet companies, rental car companies, and manufacturers) sell millions of cars at auction each year. Sellers often provide disclosures about a vehicle's damage, mileage, or repair history. These disclosures are made available to potential buyers in pre-sale lists and in auction announcements.
First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.
Inspections
Many states or counties require annual or biennial emissions and/or safety inspections. Odometer readings are collected at the time of the inspection.
New Owner Reported
When a vehicle is sold to a new owner, the Title must be transferred to the new owner(s) at a Department of Motor Vehicles.
Ownership History
CARFAX defines an owner as an individual or business that possesses and uses a vehicle. Not all title transactions represent changes in ownership. To provide estimated number of owners, CARFAX proprietary technology analyzes all the events in a vehicle history. Estimated ownership is available for vehicles manufactured after 1991 and titled solely in the US including Puerto Rico. Dealers sometimes opt to take ownership of a vehicle and are required to in the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Please consider this as you review a vehicle's estimated ownership history.
Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.
Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven states also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.
Title Issued
A state issues a title to provide a vehicle owner with proof of ownership. Each title has a unique number. Each title or registration record on a CARFAX report does not necessarily indicate a change in ownership. In Canada, a registration and bill of sale are used as proof of ownership.
Total Loss Vehicle
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title. This may occur when an insurance company's definition of a total loss is different than the state DMV's definition for a branded title or when the owner of the vehicle is a self-insured company, like a fleet or rental company.
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