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How to Get Free CARFAX Vehicle History Reports

Millions of consumers rely on CARFAX® Vehicle History Reports to help them make better used car buying decisions. CARFAX Reports can tell you about a vehicle's title, ownership, and mileage history and may also include accident indicators, service records, and more.

As you look for ways to save money on your next used car purchase, CARFAX can help. There are several ways to get free vehicle history report from CARFAX throughout the used car shopping process - from browsing cars for sale online to looking at cars on a dealer's lot.

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Find a car on Carfax.com

Use our free service to find used cars for sale at CARFAX-subscribing dealerships in your area. Simply select a vehicle year, make and model. You can also narrow your search to CARFAX 1-Owner vehicles or certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles. Each vehicle listing includes a link to the free CARFAX Report and all vehicles listed qualify for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee.

When you find a car that you like, contact the dealer to get more information or visit the dealership for a test drive.

Browse vehicles on vehicle inventory sites

Thousands of vehicles listed on sites like AutoTrader.com and Cars.com can include a free car history report from CARFAX.  Look for the free CARFAX Report links and get the same vehicle history information that is available for purchase on Carfax.com.

If a vehicle listing does not include a link to a free CARFAX Report, it simply means that a CARFAX-subscribing dealer has not recently run a report for that vehicle.  You may want to buy a CARFAX Report or ask the dealer for one. 

Visit the dealer’s Web site

A free car report from CARFAX is also available through many dealer Web sites. As you browse a dealer's used car inventory, look for links to free CARFAX Reports.

If your dealer does not provide links to CARFAX Reports, contact the dealer and ask them for the CARFAX Report.

Ask the seller for CARFAX Reports

Free CARFAX Reports are available at many car dealerships in your area.  Just ask the dealer when you visit their showroom. 

If you are considering a vehicle for sale by a private seller, ask them for the CARFAX Report.  If they do not have the report or are reluctant to share the vehicle's history, you may want to purchase the report for yourself. 

In addition to getting a CARFAX Report, before you buy a vehicle we recommend taking a test drive and having the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic.