Avoiding Odometer Fraud

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  Here’s a new twist on an old used car scam. Scam artists have been rolling back odometers for years, but now it may be even easy to do it … Read more

Decoding Your VIN Number

VIN Infographic

Ever wonder what the various numbers and letters in a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) mean? Here’s an infographic that should shed some light on the topic. Click the image to enlarge. … Read more

What Does Your VIN Say?

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  What can a CARFAX report tell you that you may have not known about your own car? Watch as some people we interviewed were surprised to learn some of … Read more

Odometer Fraud

Odometer Fraud

Despite increased safety measures and increasingly stringent laws, consumers still fall victim to odometer fraud daily. Due to a lack of consumer awareness, consumers think that the oldest car fraud … Read more

Help us Reach 1 Billion Miles

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We’re on a quest to reach 1 billion miles. Help us by posting a picture of your car’s odometer to the CARFAX Facebook Wall! Visit blog.carfax.com/odometers to see the latest … Read more

A Holiday Message from Car Fox

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  Happy Holidays from everyone at CARFAX!

Buying a Used Car Checklist


Most people that have bought a used car know that cars lose  up to 20% of their value as soon as they’re taken off the new car dealer’s lot. Buying … Read more

First Car Buying Story

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    Share your story and enter to win a $100 gift card – http://blog.carfax.com/usedcars “I was looking to buy a Ford F-150 this summer. I was looking at some … Read more

Incredible Story of Burned-Out Van from Unfixed Recall

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  “Parked the van, came in, and sat around watched TV, whatever, and went to bed.  About 11:30 the wife took the dog outside and noticed smoke that had caught … Read more

How to Get the Most from Selling Your Car

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by Michelle Beamer Jason Shung says he does just about everything online. “I’m online constantly. The first thing I do in the morning is to check my email,” Jason states. … Read more

What is a CARFAX Vehicle History Report?


The CARFAX Vehicle History Report summarizes history reported to CARFAX for a specific vehicle since it left the factory. CARFAX receives data from more than 34,000 different sources including every … Read more

What’s a Salvage Title?

What's a Salvaged Title?

Millions of vehicles are issued salvage titles in the United States every year. Many of these cars are repaired and sold, sometimes by sellers who fail to report, or try … Read more

Frame vs. Unibody Cars

frame vs unibody cars

The structure of a vehicle provides it with strength and is the platform to which the rest of the components are mounted. There are two types of vehicle structures commonly … Read more

Curbstoning: How to Protect Yourself


Curbstoning is selling a car that doesn’t belong to you, or a private party who buys and sells cars like a dealer, but without a license. This practice is illegal … Read more

Don’t Let a Recall Put You in a Tough Spot

Don't Let a Recall Scare You

Besides a trip to the dealer for repairs, recalls can cause little hindrance to car owners, if taken care of in a timely manner. Vehicle recalls are quite common; in … Read more

Don’t Buy a Vehicle Before Checking for Flood Damage

CARFAX Helps Spot Water Damage

Considering purchasing a used car? Protect yourself from the tens of thousands of flood-damaged vehicles that flood the market every year. About half of all flood-damaged vehicles end up on … Read more

How to read a CARFAX Report

How To Read A CARFAX Report

A CARFAX Report helps you know more about a vehicle’s history. The first thing you will see is the report overview, which gives you some hints on what to look … Read more

What a VIN Can Tell You

What a VIN means

Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) have been used by automobile manufacturers since the 1950s, but they were not standardized until 1980. Before 1980 each manufacturer used its own system and numbers … Read more

How to Protect Yourself from Airbag Fraud

How to protect yourself from airbag fraud

Since airbags became mandatory in 1998, over 28,000 lives have been saved, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Statistics show that airbags reduce the risk of dying … Read more

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