The truth about CARFAX

The truth about CARFAX

There are 28 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Nov 23, 2009, titled The truth about CARFAX. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

You know where your car is going, but do you know where it's been? If you are relying on a CARFAX vehicle history report there's a chance you don't. We tracked down a Longmont woman who bought a Saturn Vue with a rebuilt engine and hail damage.

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Level 4

Since: Aug 12

Denver, CO

#23 Sep 2, 2012
Car Fax should be used merely as a guideline. It is in now way the complete history of a car. I have been in the Automotive Industry for 23 years and could share some stories about how sketchy some places are. Whether a repair facility reports work being done is not mandatory, 99% of the stuff on a Fax report is put their by insurance companies. So if you drive a 2006 Audi S4 that is in perfect condition, and do not have full coverage. Go out one night and ball it up then pay out of pocket to have it fixed no one will ever know.
Jonathan Lee

Jackson, MS

#25 Oct 24, 2012
who cares about a rebuilt engine and hail damage? If it was repaired correctly, then that is an ignorant moot point.. Carfax is a joke used to scare people away from the used car market. If people are so worried about accident damage, go buy a new car.. otherwise why does it matter? I've been rebuilding cars for over 15 years and have never had a customer complaint about any of the rebuilt salvage totals that I sell. Fix it right, and there won't be any problems. Be honest with your customers and there won't be any problems. Carfax does not need to negatively advertise against the used car industry. There are many thousands of people that rely on used cars to support their families and saying that "The car was in a wreck that means its not a good car" is not an accurate statement or a way to advertise to all the sheep that watch television. Maybe they should advertise a valid reason why a previously wrecked, rebuilt, or hail damaged vehicle is bad. The only cars that should be "avoided" are flood vehicles.

Hoffman Estates, IL

#26 Jun 1, 2013
Here is a good one I purchased a brand new 2012 car from a reputable dealer in my area, I have had the car for about 6 months.
Just for the hell of it I ran carfax, on the car now this was a brand new car with 88 miles on it and carfax had reported that the car was totaled.
I contacted the dealer and they are taking legal action against carfax.
Funny stuff.

Layton, UT

#27 Oct 6, 2014
I always do my research before I make a car purchase. I made a point of checking the Carfax on my 2008 Infiniti FX 35 before I bought it. The report assured me that the vehicle had not been in an accident. Wrong, I have since learned that in fact the vehicle has been in serious accident. I my experience, these reports are very inaccurate and worthless.

Aurora, CO

#28 Oct 25, 2014
CARFAX a joke? I knew as much. It's nothing more than a gimmick and a scam to sell used klunkers.

New York, NY

#29 Nov 3, 2014
In my own opinion, even if you get a free one from the seller, it's still better to run your own
report. It pays to have a comparison. You don't have to pay huge amount for the report, you can get
a 5-buck report here .
John baird

Grand Rapids, MI

#30 Sep 28, 2015
So what else is new?
If it doesn't get 'reported'--CAR FAX becomes a joke.....
. This is a joke: car fax showed nothing crashed or any thing repaired was an absolutely lie! I would never promote them or believe them!

Level 7

Since: Oct 12

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#31 Sep 29, 2015
Guy wrote:
Regarding the Carfax Report, Thats why I always buy Vehicle Reports from , The only charge a couple bucks for a report. Carfax is just a ripoff.
Carfax is a good tool for the dealers.....Quality Used Car dealers will use a paint gauge, that automatically signals either body damage or further investigation.....

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