What is a CARFAX Vehicle History Report?

Date posted: September 19, 2011

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 US state and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency, plus many police and fire departments, collision repair facilities, auto auctions, and more.

The CARFAX database is the most comprehensive vehicle history database in North America, containing over 9 billion records and growing every day. Records included in each CARFAX Report reveal important information about a car’s history, such as an odometer reading, existence of a branded title such as a salvage/junk title, or past registration as a fleet vehicle. A CARFAX Report may not include every event in a vehicle’s history, but will include the data that is reported to CARFAX for a specific vehicle identification number (VIN).

Before you buy a used car, we recommend that in addition to getting a CARFAX Report, you always take a test drive and have the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic.

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