Do CARFAX Vehicle History Reports have information about accidents?
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, policereported
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 accidents 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. Since not all accidents or other problems are reported to
CARFAX, we recommend you obtain a pre-purchase vehicle inspection from your dealer or an independent mechanic to
make sure the vehicle is functioning properly and check for signs of unreported damage.
Do CARFAX Vehicle History Reports have service and repair information?
Service and repair information is reported to CARFAX from thousands of dealerships and service facilities across the
United States and Canada. Since not everything is reported to CARFAX, in addition to checking the CARFAX Report,
have a pre-purchase inspection by a qualified mechanic to make sure the vehicle is functioning properly.
Important information about RVs and motorcycles, or anything made before 1981.
The CARFAX Database contains billions of records from thousands of data sources, consisting of cars and light trucks
manufactured for the North American market since 1981. CARFAX does not specialize in providing data for any other
vehicle types at this time.
For RVs and motorcycles, or any vehicle manufactured prior to model year 1981, CARFAX recommends checking with
your DMV, enthusiast forums, and of course a pre-purchase vehicle inspection.
What is not included in a CARFAX Vehicle History Report?
CARFAX receives information on used cars and light trucks manufactured for the North American market for model
years 1981 and later. CARFAX is unable to offer any of the following information:
Owners' names - In order to comply with state and federal privacy laws, CARFAX does not receive the names of
owners. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports estimate the number of owners and the length of ownership.
Other vehicle types - CARFAX does not support RVs, motorcycles, heavy trucks, boats or ATVs.
Older vehicles - Since the VIN was not standardized until 1981, CARFAX only receives information for vehicles
manufactured for model years 1981 and later.
Lien releases -While many DMVs do report when liens are placed on a vehicle, CARFAX does not receive lien release
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, is a new service that's offered free of charge to help reduce the hassle of
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