Carfax

volvo240August 10, 2006

anyone have an account for Carfax and could run a VIN for me?

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bob_k

No I don't. But I don't have a lot of faith in Carfax anymore. My neighbor ran a check on a Caddy he was thinking about buying for his wife. Carfax came up with zero entries. His son just happened to have an account open with another company. So they ran the VIN through that account. It came up with 13 entries. Make you wonder why there is such a big difference. JMHO

Good Luck
Bob

    Bookmark   August 10, 2006 at 8:50PM
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volvo240

thats a big diff..wonder why carfax missed it?..

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 7:38AM
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gary__

**thats a big diff..wonder why carfax missed it?..**

Maybe someone's comparing apples to oranges. Maybe someone entered a different VIN. I believe carfax gets it's info from DMV records. Also, if you spend the money for a carfax account, I believe they'll buy your car back if they give you a report that a vehicle's history is clean and it's not. Like anything else, carfax can't be perfect. It's got to be better than flying blind though.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 7:58AM
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bob_k

They used the same VIN#. That was one of the things they doubled checked. They were so mad they called Carfax and complained. And asked for a refund. Carfax response was, Well you can't expect us to know every detail about the car. So they ask how come the other company was able to come up with info that Carfax wasn't able to. Their response was, Well maybe they use a different search criteria than we use. The car had 3 different owner and Carfax didn't have that. There was a discrepency on the mileage. Carfax didn't have that. The car had been in an accident. Carfax didn't have that. The car had a new Title issued due to a lost Title. Carfax didn't have that. So the info that other company came up with had to come from the DMV and Insurance info. So how come Carfax didn't come up with it. So the final response was, we can only give you the info we have. And no we will not give you a refund.

Other than that I don't know what to tell you. Do you think they got What they paid for? If they hadn't checked with another company I would say yes. But now You be the judge.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2006 at 10:42AM
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quirkyquercus

I don't understand how Carfax can know what goes on with a lot of cars. If a car gets in an minor accident and requires a part to be replaced, it can be replaced from a junker and unless you're looking for damage, you'd never know, right?
Does carfax know how many times my dog has barfed in the back seat?

    Bookmark   August 12, 2006 at 10:54AM
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gary__

**If a car gets in an minor accident and requires a part to be replaced, it can be replaced from a junker and unless you're looking for damage, you'd never know, right?**

These reports are just one tool to use to determine, according to records, whether the car you want to buy is really the cherry one owner low miler driven to church on Sunday buy grandma...as told by the salesman. Or one that's had 10 owners, been totaled and restored, speedometer rolled back, and ran through the DMV's of two or three states to launder it's title. That's it's value. It's not fool proof but about got to be better than nothing.

Without anything what you have to go by is the car salesman's story along with your observation of the mileage indicated on the odometer which in the past has been easy to set at whatever the salesman wanted it to be, and whether the paint's shiny and the carpet's been vacuumed. jmo

    Bookmark   August 12, 2006 at 12:06PM
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johndeere

If your buying from a dealer.Tell him you might be intersted if he was to rum a carfax report.If he has nothing to hide most will gladly do it while you set and wait at there expense.If he saids no you probably will not like whats in the report anyway.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2006 at 12:02AM
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dlynn2

Carfax told me they do not get all of the info from all states (Colorado being one of them). I had to really do a lot of questioning them to get this info out of them. They really try to cover this info up. I only knew this because the dealer told me that Carfax was kind of useless in our state.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2006 at 2:31AM
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