CARFAX Europe Glossary - Coupling Device

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Coupling Device

Over the lifetime of a vehicle, many modifications and add-ons are possible to be made. One of the most common is the addition of a coupling device. Essentially, this is an attachment which allows a trailer of some kind to be pulled by the vehicle. While some vehicles come with this pre-installed at the factory, there are many which are added at a later time. For example, perhaps the original owner had no use for a coupling device and another owner found it necessary.

While the addition of a coupling device in and of itself doesn’t necessarily mean too much, it can be indicative to potential buyers of a few things. First, it implies that the vehicle has been modified from its original state. There are several different ways a modification like this can be completed: It’s possible that it was an official factory-performed addition, one done by a repair shop, or even a do-it-yourself job performed by a previous owner.

Secondly, the addition of a coupling device indicates that the vehicle has been used for towing in some capacity. While it is not usually clear whether this was a trailer for carrying bikes or a full-fledged camper trailer, this is still a piece of information which may be useful for potential buyers. Towing puts additional strain on a vehicle, though many are more than capable of handling the extra weight.

When this is found on a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, it indicates that this vehicle’s most recent registration included the identified type of attached tow bar. This type of record along many other helpful information can be found on a CARFAX Report. In order to help used car shoppers have as complete a picture as possible about a vehicle, it’s always recommended to check the CARFAX before buying it