Do You Have a Clean CarFax? | Greenville SC | Near Spartanburg, Greer, Anderson & Easley

Whether you're wanting to sell your used vehicle or you want to purchase a used vehicle, you'll want to check out the CarFax. But what goes into a clean CarFax report? We're covering what you need to know about what makes a clean CarFax report and why it matters.

What goes into a CarFax report?

A CarFax report can affect a sale in a good or bad way, depending on its content. Your vehicle's VIN is able to bring up data from different databases, assembling information that it can get about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information that you might find when using CarFax.

Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing a smooth exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't sustained damage before. This includes everything from an accident to other damage that the car has accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have been deployed, you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been in an accident resulting in it being totaled.

Odometer HistoryTo be sure of accurate mileage, CarFax can gather previous information on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, it is possible that it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is newer than it actually is.

Any Issues With TitlingThe title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if this is missing or there are issues with it, then it's best to walk away. Don't buy from a private seller who can't demonstrate that they own the vehicle.

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

Records of Previous OwnersIt's good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a 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 it might be a better vehicle in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been properly been 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 fixed.

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

Model-Specific Safety InformationCarFax should have crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle in the event that they ever got into an accident.

A Clean CarFax Report

When no major problems have been reported about a vehicle, then it has a clean CarFax report. Selling your car shouldn't be a problem if you've maintained it well and haven't gotten into any major accidents. If you're buying one, be sure to consider everything on the CarFax report prior to deciding to buy.

If you have any questions about CarFax or any of our used vehicles, visit us today at our dealership, Big 'O' Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram at 2645 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607. We look forward to serving our customers from Spartanburg, Greer, Anderson and Easley.

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