This story is a bit unusual.
My daughter’s next door neighbor had a stroke at the early age of 54. Her family held off making any changes, including selling her car, until it became clear that she could never drive again. Her car (2007 Mazda 3) sat in the garage for 10 months having never been started. Because I am a “car guy” I volunteered to help get the car running again, ready to sell. No one seemed to know the history of the car, including whether she bought it new or used, if it had been in any accidents, or if it had been properly maintained. There were no service records in the glove box, nor could they find any information in her house.
I decided to buy the CARFAX report to help fill in the missing details. The report listed service information confirming that the car had been properly maintained and there were no accidents reported. However, the most significant item on the report was that a “Service Contract” had been purchased when she bought the car used. A call to the dealer (whose name was on the CARFAX report) confirmed this fact. It turned out the contract was transferable, and still had over one year left on it. This eliminated the risk of buying a car with an unknown history. I ended up buying the car, and paying a fair price to the family, with confidence that the car is covered by the Service Contract.