CARFAX Risk Factor Statistics for Toyota (US imports)
Currently, since 1992 158,412 U.S. import Toyota’s were imported to Europe. The most imported model is the Camry, followed by the RAV4 and the Corolla.
Toyota cars in Europe that were imported from the U.S. with a history of accidents are a risk factor used car buyers should look out for. In total, there are currently 51,160 imported Toyota’s in Europe with a history of accidents. That’s almost 1 out of every three imported Toyota’s imported from the US! When customers’ don’t know about accident history, these cars can be sold for prices higher than their actual value. Because of that, it is essential for used car buyers to know what they are buying!
A similar risk factor is called airbag deployment. Whenever cars get into accidents, crashes or situations of (close) collision, the airbag may deploy. After airbag deployment, the car is supposed to be repaired and the airbag restored so that it offers full safety and functionality. To restore the airbag is a task that many times can be very expensive. As a result, what happens many times is that these cars are exported without repairing the airbag fully. CARFAX has reported at least 9.500 cars in Europe that have a history of airbag deployment. Always check such cars to know that they offer you full functionality.
Another risk factor is mileage inconsistency. This is often an indicator of mileage fraud or rollback. Cars that were imported from the U.S. may have a mileage reading that is inaccurate or untrue. These cars normally pretend to have a higher value than they actually do. CARFAX has detected at least 759 imported Toyotas from the US with such a history. Be sure you buy the right vehicle.