I’m very thankful for CARFAX. I was looking for a new car, and through the CARFAX Report I discovered that the odometer in the 2006 Toyota Highlander I had purchased had been rolled back from 189,000 miles to 96,000 miles, and it had been in an accident. I bought the car at a very low price, and that was the reason I got the CARFAX Report. Thanks to the CARFAX I was able to return the car and get my money back!
Thank you CARFAX! You saved me! I was looking on Craigslist at a 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck with 62,000 miles. After connecting with the seller, I had him text me the VIN number so I could run a CARFAX Report. Everything on it checked out, so we set up a time to meet. I made the two hour trip, and after negotiating the price we finally agreed on the sale. I happened to glance at the title, and when I caught a glimpse of the VIN number I realized something was wrong. The VIN number he had given me before was not the same as the one on the title. So I pulled up the CARFAX on my phone and discovered the real mileage was actually 148,000. Needless to say I did not buy that truck.
I had been looking for an older 740 BMW for roughly a year, so when I finally found one that sparked my interest I signed up for the 5 CARFAX Report package. I just wanted to verify the dealer’s claims about it before getting on an airplane to go and check out the car. The information from the CARFAX Report surprised me. The dealer claimed there had only been 1 owner, no damage history, and only 95,000 miles on it. The CARFAX Report showed that the car had two owners, left side damage, and 126,000 miles. Without CARFAX I would have been out one plane ticket, my time, and I would have been a very disappointed buyer after-the-fact. Thank you CARFAX!
Last summer while looking for a used car I found a nice-looking ’99 Tahoe at a small dealership. I drove the truck and the dealer assured me that the 135,000 miles on the odometer were accurate. He had a clean printout from the auction, but it was not a CARFAX. I only trust CARFAX. So, when I did run the CARFAX Report it showed the mileage was at 215,000 miles 8 years ago. So by now the truck could have easily had 300,000 miles on it, and I would have been stuck paying $3,500 for a truck that was worth maybe $1,000. Needless to say, I did not purchase that vehicle.
I spotted a truck I really liked while driving past a used car lot. I went in to talk about the truck with the dealer, and he said it had a lot of miles on it. I took it for a test drive and was really surprised by the truck’s performance. I told them I would think about it, and wrote down the VIN number to be able to get a CARFAX report when I got home. When I ran the CARFAX Report, the high mileage was due to the previous owner driving from southern California to mid-east Ohio often. I ended up buying the truck, and it drives great and hasn’t given me any problems.
We were looking for a used vehicle for our 16-year old daughter; nothing fancy, but a reliable car that would get to and from school. She looked at all the sporty looking cars that appeared to be great from the outside. I told her we would get a CARFAX Report just to double check. The first car she was ready to put money down on had been in 6 major accidents. The dealer failed to mention these details, and by just looking at the vehicle you never would have known. We also looked at a vehicle that had its odometer rolled back 100,000 miles, which we would never have known without the CARFAX Report.
We finally found a used Honda that had a great CARFAX Report, showing it had only had 2 owners and had been beautifully maintained. I did not realize that CARFAX listed oil changes and maintenance records. We ended up with a great deal of a car, and felt secure using CARFAX to check the records. CARFAX is a must and worth every penny!