How to Read a CARFAX Vehicle History Report

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CARFAX Vehicle History Report helps you know more about a vehicle’s history. The first thing you will see is the report overview, which gives you some hints on what to look for in the rest of the report.

Number of Owners. A large number of owners can indicate issues like ongoing problems or possible fraud. On the other hand, many buyers consider one-owner cars to be a great value.

Accidents/damage reported to CARFAX. This will include any accidents or damage reported to CARFAX by police departments, insurance companies, and/or repair facilities. When damage repairs are reported to CARFAX, they appear on the CARFAX Report as well.

Type of ownership. This information can tell you how a vehicle was registered to be driven: Personal, commercial, rental or lease.

Last reported odometer reading. This information can help you spot odometer fraud or other inconsistencies.

Recall information pertaining to the specific vehicle. This information is provided to CARFAX by manufacturers and other agencies. Avoid a known issue by checking for recalls that affect the vehicle. These problems will usually be corrected by a dealer at no cost.

CARFAX History Impact. This helps you understand the value of a vehicle, based on information in the CARFAX Report. To use the CARFAX History Impact, add or subtract the value from the suggested retail price from a reliable price guide. Don’t use the asking price for the vehicle.

As you go further down the report, you can find sections including the CARFAX Price Calculator, ownership history, title history and detailed history.

By | 2018-08-08T18:52:46+00:00 August 23rd, 2011|Inspecting a Vehicle|5 Comments


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  2. tim December 31, 2015 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    when the vehicle is worth less than average, how come it dosent tell us why? or what piece of information is the reason for the price adjustment

  3. Grace April 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I have carfax report said that a car had 2 owners but had 4 title numbers. I just want to know why. The car should have 4 owners but the report only showed two. Thank you very much.

  4. Ellen November 13, 2018 at 3:55 am - Reply

    I just purchased a 2011 Subaru and the CARFAX report shows it had an emission test February of 2018. There was nothing left in the glove box or a window sticker to prove it. Will the emission test report be found by the VIN? I don’t want to have another one if I don’t need to.

  5. Hema Gandhi December 30, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    In accidents, different symbols meant for….?

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