The truth about CARFAX

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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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Denver, CO

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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

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Oct 24, 2012
 

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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.
Brad

Bloomington, IN

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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.

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