April 10, 2022

How a Carfax Report Can Help You When Buying a Used Vehicle

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Due to supply chain issues that have affected nearly all walks of life, new cars have also been hard to come by—mainly due to a lack of semiconductor computer chips being available.

Due to this, used vehicle sales surged in 2021 and are expected to remain at higher-than-average levels in 2022.

If you’re in the market, one of the best things you can do when you’ve zeroed in on a car is to request a Carfax report. Centers Health Care lists five ways that this Carfax report can ensure that there are no hidden dangers in the vehicle you’re looking to buy.

  1. Crash History

You will be able to find out if the vehicle has been in an accident and whether an airbag was deployed. Even if parts are replaced, some cars may never work quite right after a crash.

  1. Odometer Reading

With digital displays, it’s harder for sellers to roll back odometers than it used to be with traditional displays, but it’s not impossible. This will ensure that there’s no funny business going on.

  1. Unaddressed Recalls

When a car has a recall taken care of, it’s logged by the dealer. A Carfax report can alert you to any recalls that weren’t addressed.

  1. Title History

The title history can alert you to whether the vehicle suffered major damage at some point, was bought back by a manufacturer due to a lemon law, and can also indicate several owners, which can also be a red flag.

  1. Service History

While every oil change likely won’t be detailed, you will find out about any potential issues with major components, such as the engine or transmission, which can show a sign of a concerning recurring problem that you might not want to deal with as the new owner.

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