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CARFAX is a unit of IHS Markit (NASDAQ: INFO), a world leader in critical information analytics and solutions. IHS Markit is based in London. 

CARFAX started with a vision – to be the leading source of vehicle history information for buyers and sellers of used cars. Today, CARFAX has the most comprehensive vehicle history database available in North America. In fact, millions of consumers trust CARFAX to provide them with vehicle history information every year.

And for good reason – CARFAX receives information from more than 100,000 data sources including every U.S. and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency plus many auto auctions, fire and police departments, collision repair facilities, fleet management and rental agencies, and more.

CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later. Using the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN), a CARFAX Report is instantly generated from our database of over 17 billion records.

Every CARFAX Report contains information that can impact a consumer’s decision about a used vehicle. Some types of information that a CARFAX Report may include are:

    • Title information, including salvaged or junked titles
    • Flood damage history
    • Total loss accident history
    • Odometer readings
    • Lemon history
    • Number of owners
    • Accident indicators, such as airbag deployments
    • State emissions inspection results

Service records

  • Vehicle use (taxi, rental, lease, etc.)

Plus, the exclusive CARFAX Buyback Guarantee reduces the risk involved in buying a used car. If the CARFAX Report fails to include a DMV-issued branded title (such as salvage, fire or flood damage, and odometer problems), CARFAX may buy the vehicle back for the full purchase price.*

For more information on CARFAX Vehicle History Reports, visit the CARFAX Help Center.

Shopping for a used car?

Don’t waste time looking at vehicles with less than desirable history. Start your search on CARFAX.com and filter your results by 1-owner cars, accident history, cars with service records and more.

Find the right used car, with the right price, and start your search with vehicle history.

Already got a car?

Get the myCARFAX app to make taking care of it easier than ever! Using your VIN or license plate number, CARFAX can pull service records, maintenance schedules, open recalls and more. Leave it to CARFAX to provide you with alerts when your car is due for service so you can stay on top of maintenance and keep your passengers safe.

Think CARFAX can help your business?

Thousands of auto dealers nationwide subscribe to Carfaxonline.com to grow their business and instill confidence in their customers by providing them with free CARFAX Vehicle History Reports. Plus, other businesses, service providers and government entities rely on information from CARFAX every day to help them make better decisions.

Check out the CARFAX Banking & Insurance Group for other ways that CARFAX can help your business.

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