Do You Have a Clean Carfax? | Albertville AL | Near Huntsville & Guntersville

If you're selling your car, buying a used one or doing both, then you've likely heard people bring up Carfax reports. While you may know that they're important, it might not be clear exactly what they indicate or what determines a clean Carfax. Keep reading to learn more about this handy car-shopping tool.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Whether you're selling your current vehicle or buying a used one, a Carfax report can make or break a deal. A vehicle's VIN can bring up records from different databases, compiling information that it can get about the history of a vehicle. Below is some information that you can find using Carfax:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

A polished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't prove that it hasn't sustained any damage before. Damage reported could include anything from an accident to other damage the car has accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled in an accident.

Odometer History

To be sure of actual mileage, Carfax can gather information on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although uncommon, there is a possibility that it could have been tampered with. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is less used than it actually is.

Any Issues With Titling

The title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, then just walking away may be your best option. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

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

Records of Previous Owners

It's always good to know how many owners a vehicle has had. With a used rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been regularly 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 issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been taken care of.

Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of the used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety Information

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

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean Carfax report means that there haven't been any critical problems reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should be in the clear. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider 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 Sand Mountain Toyota at 9167 US Highway 431, Albertville, AL 35950. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Albertville, AL, and throughout Huntsville and Guntersville.

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