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The Carfax Vehicle History Report checks used American cars

The CARFAX Vehicle History Report takes the billions of records on file, detailing all of the most important information about used cars from the United States and Canada, and assembles them into one easy to read report.

There are several types of records included in the report including:

The mileage of a vehicle is crucial for it's value. And one of the most common forms of automotive fraud in the second hand car market relates to odometer manipulation. If the history of a car contains multiple mileage readings, our vehicle mileage check helps ensure buyers that no odometer rollbacks have occurred. Read more about Car Mileage.
Vehicles regularly get tested for roadworthiness. As a used car buyer you would like to be informed if the vehicles has been inspected regularly. The CARFAX report shows inspection data, although you always want to check yourself with the seller all details before buying a used car. Read more about Car Inspection.
If you are interested in buying a car, a 1-owner car might be more of value than cars with multiple owners. Those cars tend to have fewer miles and may be better taken care. Although cars with multiple owners can be in good condition, you would like to know. Read more about Car Ownership.
Checking a vehicle’s maintenance is important to consider when buying a used car. The CARFAX Report contains all to CARFAX reported service & maintenance records and in many cases also the corresponding mileage. Read more about Service Car History.
A used car might be reported stolen, whether in the US or in another country. In order to avoid buying a stolen car, check the CARFAX Report. Discover what are the most popular U.S. stolen cars imported into europe.
Actually there is nothing bad about an imported car, but statistics reveal that imported cars tend to have more inconsistencies than domestic cars. Read our guide about Importing a Car from the USA.
We provide information about recall campaigns. It is possible that there has been a recall for the used car in question. This means that the car has 'certain defects' for which it has to go back to the manufacturer. Of course you want to avoid this when you just buought the car.
Example titles on the CARFAX Vehicle History Report include: hail/fire/flood damage, salvage title, or if the vehicle has been rebuilt or acknowledged to be a lemon. This information is useful to help avoid buying a U.S. car which has had major problems in its past.
The CARFAX Report contains a lot of technical data as well as the historical information about age, usage as a Taxi, European and US History and a lot more.
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More than 60% of all used cars imported from the U.S. to Europe have a negative history

A majority of all used US imports have either been in accidents, been stolen, been flooded, salvaged and rebuilt and shipped to Europe or are subject to open recalls. CARFAX helps you identify hidden problems with imported used cars from the US so you don’t lose money.

For 30 years, CARFAX has been collecting data on US vehicles from thousands of sources and has helped millions of used car shoppers reduce their risk of getting stuck with a vehicle that has costly hidden problems.

If you are interested in a used US import, help protect yourself with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report from CARFAX Europe, the official CARFAX website in Europe and the only legal source for authentic CARFAX Vehicle History Reports.

CARFAX is the vehicle history expert for American cars

CARFAX is the most trusted source of vehicle history information about US cars. For more than 30 years, CARFAX has been helping millions of used car shoppers make better purchase decisions and avoid expensive hidden problems. In addition, CARFAX has helped used car dealers around the world to build trust with their customers and sell their American cars with confidence.

With more than 14 billion records, CARFAX has built up its database with the help of its partners and sources, including government offices, law enforcement agencies, service and repair shops, car dealerships, insurance companies and many more.

CARFAX’ vision is to change the used car market for the better. As an independent source which benefits both consumers and dealers, no US used car should be bought without looking into its history with the help of a CARFAX Vehicle History Report.

The CAR FOX Is the Vehicle History Expert Recognized Worldwide

Did you know? Thousands of used U.S. cars in Europe have severe problems!




Salvage Titles or Total Losses


Stolen Entries


Airbag Deployments


Open Recalls


Flood Damages

It's easy to check if your car is affected. Get the CARFAX Vehicle Report!

Getting a CARFAX Report is simple


Obtain the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle you’re interested in (one can usually find the VIN on the dashboard of US import cars, when looking through the driver’s side of the windshield).


Our VIN check will inform you of the number of records we have available for that particular vehicle.


You're given the opportunity to purchase a CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this one car or a package of five (at a discounted price).


All reports last for 30 days and are visible through your personal login. Those who purchased a package have up to one year to redeem the report credits.

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In addition to publicly available information, CARFAX has collected information from many independent reliable sources.

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importing cars from US

Import a car from the USA

Whether you’re looking for a larger selection to choose from, trying to save money on a comparable vehicle or perhaps realizing a life-long dream of owning an American car, buying and importing a car from the USA can be a worthy investment of your time and money.

mileage rollback

How to detect mileage rollback?

Current statistics show that a large percentage of all cars on the road have a negative history. Mileage rollback is one of the most occurring types of fraud in the selling process of used cars. Consumers do, however, have options to detect mileage fraud. Therewith, they are able to protect themselves against used vehicle fraud and especially against mileage inconsistencies.

Salvage title for US imported cars: deception at its finest

Salvage title for US imported cars

Every year, millions of vehicles in the United States are declared salvage. Very often these cars are rebuilt and sold by deceptive sellers who fail to disclose or even try to hide the salvage information. Exact figures are unknown, but CARFAX Europe estimates that each year there are tens of thousands of these salvage titled vehicles exported to Europe.

How to check used cars?

Simple steps for a used car check

CARFAX Europe explains and advises on the most important parameters included in the decision process of consumers for a used vehicle. Did you know 30% of all used cars contain some type of negative history? Mileage inconsistency, stolen entries or an excessive amount of previous owners are facts that change the value of your car significantly, whether you know about it or not.


Customer Feedback

"Thanks to CARFAX I was informed about the car’s past damages: vehicle rollover, airbag deployment, etc. and was able to change my mind on time. Thanks for the service, the price was absolutely worth."

Erhard Eschert

"I learned through CARFAX before buying that "my future car" had 2 accident damages, including one total loss with airbag and side airbag release. So, I skip a lot of troubles for 60 €."

Bernd Meyer

"I had the brilliant idea to try to get a CARFAX report. Immediately to the Internet, paid with credit card and in 10 minutes I had the report. Alert! Problem found: total loss reported, salvage title / certificate issued. Vehicle imported from California to Lithuania."

Peter Stoll

"CARFAX helped us not to fall into adversity in 2017 and in 2018 CARFAX helped us become happy owners of our dream car. For some weeks "Babs" is now with us and we have a lot of fun with the car. Without the CARFAX Report, we would now be somewhere with a lawyer in the middle of a legal dispute."


Make a good investment by checking the CARFAX Vehicle History Report before you buy an American car.