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Used Car Shopping? Get Facts from CARFAX!

Get CARFAX Reports to improve your chances of buying a great used car. Search vehicle history facts reported to CARFAX now

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CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ may reveal:

Branded Cars
Major Damage?
Consistent Problems?
Water Damage?
Inconsistent Mileage?
Owners & Titles
Number of Owners?
Low Miles?
Certified Pre-Owned?
Damage & Repairs

United States and Canadian motor vehicle agencies share title brand information with CARFAX to help buyers and sellers know about major reported problems with used cars. You can improve your chances of finding a great car by checking reported facts with CARFAX to avoid salvage, fire, flood damage, and mileage problems.


States may issue salvage titles to vehicles that have been severely damaged in collisions. You can increase your chances of finding the right car by checking CARFAX Reports for reported branded titles before buying.


States may declare cars 'lemons' because they have consistent problems that cannot be fixed, even after many documented attempts. You can improve your chances of finding a great car and avoiding reported lemons by checking facts reported to CARFAX before buying.


If a vehicle experiences significant water damage, it may become unreliable and hazardous to operate. Checking CARFAX Reports for state-issued flood titles can improve your chances of buying a great used car and avoiding vehicles with water damage history.


You may want to be cautious about cars with inconsistent mileage history because it could be evidence of odometer tampering or fraud. With CARFAX, you can check reported odometer mileage to help improve your chances of buying a great car.


Vehicle history reported to CARFAX can help you know more about previous owners. CARFAX Reports may show if a car was registered as personal, lease, corporate, fleet or rental.


There are over 8 billion vehicle history records in the CARFAX database, including previous ownership information. You can improve your chances of finding a great, one-owner car by looking for the CARFAX 1-Owner Vehicle symbol while shopping.


A used vehicle with low miles and in good condition may be worth more than average. Checking facts on CARFAX Reports can improve your chances of buying a car with history of low mileage.


Former leases may be good value used cars because they generally require ownership and mileage guidelines. Vehicle title information reported to CARFAX may show whether a car was previously leased.


Some shoppers see manufacturer certified pre-owned cars as a way to improve the chances of getting a great value without paying new car prices. CARFAX partners with most manufacturer CPO programs so buyers can see if a vehicle was reported certified.


A CARFAX Vehicle History Report may show if a used car was damaged, in a collision or repaired. To improve your chances of buying a great used vehicle without problems, check facts on the CARFAX Report and get a professional inspection.


Generally, auto insurers deem a vehicle "total loss" because the total cost of repairs is greater than the present value of the car. CARFAX Reports may contain total loss information reported by the insurance company.


Collisions can cause vehicle airbags to activate and deploy. CARFAX Reports may contain information about airbag deployment and repair to help you choose a safe car. A professional mechanic should also inspect the airbags of any used car before you buy.


A sturdy frame is crucial to vehicle safety, but a past collision could affect its present stability. Check for records of damage to the frame with CARFAX to improve your chances of buying a great car with no reported frame damage.


Thousands of service and aftermarket auto shops report data to CARFAX so you can improve your chances of finding a great car with regular service history.

CARFAX Vehicle History Reports are based on information supplied to CARFAX. CARFAX does not have the complete history of every vehicle.