all about used vehicle history reports
Car Facts: the Low-Down on Used Cars
You want the facts before you buy a used car: facts about where the car has been and what it's been up to. Has that shiny, clean car in the dealer's lot been flooded? Was it a rental car? Did someone total it, ship it out of state and rebuild it?
A vehicle history report gives you all the car facts. You enter a VIN and you discover where the car has been registered, what the mileage was at each registration, if there have been any emission or safety test failures, and whether there are other problems with the car's history.
Vehicle history reports are available from several companies, including CARFAX.
Why should I buy a Vehicle History Report?
If you're buying, you want a history report so you don't get stuck with someone else's problem. If you know what the seller knows--or maybe more than the seller knows!--you're more likely to make a good decision and not be swayed by someone's smooth "pitch."
What should I do if the report shows potential problems?
If you see a potential trouble area in the report, don't immediately assume the car is not worth buying. If the problem is not serious, you might want to use the information to negotiate a better price on the car. If you're buying from a private seller, you could ask them to explain anything unusual in the report. There may be a reasonable explanation.
Should I buy a single report or the multiple report option?
All these sites give you the option of buying multiple reports. At CARFAX, $5 more gets you as many reports as you need for 30 days.
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