Do you have a clean CARFAX?

No matter if you're selling your old vehicle or looking to purchase a used car, truck or SUV, the history of the car is important. In the automotive industry, a CARFAX report is an important step in the buying process. Ready to sell your vehicle? You'll want to get the best price. One of the critical factors in determining a vehicle's value is based upon its CARFAX report. Does your car have a clean CARFAX? To find out more about what these reports are, keep reading below.

What goes into a CARFAX report?

Whether you're selling or buying, a CARFAX report can make a big difference in securing a sale or not. Any vehicle's VIN can bring up records from different databases, pulling information about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information you can find using CARFAX:

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Any Damage to the Vehicle

Even if a pre-owned vehicle's exterior seems perfectly fine and flawless, there's no guarantee that the car hasn't been damaged in the past. That damage could include anything from an accident or any other injury the car as seen since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed, you'll see a record of that. You'll want to avoid a used vehicle that has seen major damage or ever been declared totaled.

Odometer History

To be positive of the mileage, CARFAX includes information on the odometer. Although unlikely, if it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, there's a chance it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you'd believe that a vehicle hasn't been driven as much as it actually has.

Any Issues with Titling

Ownership of a vehicle is demonstrated by the title, so if it's absent or there are issues with it, you should most likely walk away from the deal. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own a vehicle.

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"Lemon Status"

When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a vehicle because of major issues, that vehicle becomes what's known as a "lemon" or gains "lemon status." It's better not to buy a vehicle that has been recalled, as it could have potential future problems.

Records of Previous Owners

It's good to know how many people have owned a particular vehicle. With a used rental car, for example, you'll have no idea who's been driving it, what kind of stress they put on the vehicle or how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who have kept up with maintenance, shows that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

If a vehicle has been systematically maintained, you should be supplied with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from CARFAX can provide insight into any problems the vehicle may have experienced and whether or not these issues have been taken care of.

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Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of the vehicle, CARFAX can tell you if the vehicle still qualifies for any warranties. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this could be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety Information

With CARFAX, you can also gain the crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer may want to know this about a vehicle for added peace of mind on the road.

A Clean CARFAX Report

What does it mean to have a clean CARFAX? There haven't been any major problems reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should be safe. If you're buying a used vehicle, an important step would be to take a good look at everything on the CARFAX report before you make your final decision.

If you have any questions about the CARFAX reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by Gettel Lincoln at 2021 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. We look forward to serving customers from Port Charlotte, North Port, Venice and Fort Myers.