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- Major Accident
- Mileage Rollback
- Multiple Owners
- Structural Damage
- Lease, Personal, Taxi or Police
- Total Loss
- Flood Damage
- Airbag Deployment
- Mileage Rollover
- Last Reported Mileage
- Length of Ownership
- Estimated Miles Driven Per Year
- Not Actual Mileage
- Recall Information
- Warranty Infromation
Sample CARFAX Vehicle History Report Explained
This is an example of a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. The information provided on this comprehensive and easy to read document is designed to be an extremely helpful and informative resource when shopping for used cars.
What you will find on a CARFAX Vehicle History Report
In order to have an understandable overview about a U.S. vehicle’s history, the CARFAX report is organized into five clearly defined sections. Each section details a different type of information which can help you make a better decision when looking to buy a used car. Below is a description of what you will find in each section of the CARFAX Vehicle History Report:
CARFAX Vehicle History Report Summary
The introductory section of the CARFAX Vehicle History Report contains a summary of the more comprehensive information which can be found in the other sections. Additionally, details such as the vehicle’s specifications and any red flags you should be aware of can be found here.
This section is useful to get a quick overview of the information in the report, which is especially helpful when there are red flags brought to your attention.
The estimated number of owners, year the vehicle was purchased, type of ownership (for example, whether it was a personal or commercial owner), import/export history, as well as the estimated mileage per year and most recent odometer reader can be found in this section.
This type of information is useful to ensure there hasn’t been any odometer related fraud, such as odometer rollback, in the vehicle’s history. Additionally, if you’re looking to buy a 1-owner vehicle, using the Vehicle History Report is a quick way to help confirm if the information you receive from the seller is accurate.
Titles are issued by the local vehicle registration authority to specify the legal condition (roadworthiness) of vehicle. For example, vehicles with no reported problems will have a clean title. On the other hand, if a vehicle has had major problems, the registration authority will issue a specific title identifying what problems it has had.
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.
This section of the Vehicle History Report identifies further information about potential problems in the vehicle’s history, which may include: accidents, total loss, damage to the vehicle’s structure, odometer inconsistency, and any open recalls that may affect the vehicle.
In order to help make better purchase decisions, this information is designed to give buyers a clearer picture of things that are normally difficult to know about a car which originated overseas.
Lastly, the final section fully displays for each previous owner the date, mileage at the time (if recorded), source of information, and additional comments which relate to all of the information found in the sections above. Consider it like the “works cited” section of the report. Additionally, here one can find any available service/repair records.
Before buying any american car, always check the car with the CARFAX Report.