Do You Have a Clean CarFax? | Crittenden KY | Lexington & Cincinnati

If you're ready to sell your used vehicle or looking at buying a used vehicle, you'll want to take a look at the CarFax. If you're wondering what's included in this report, we're outlining what you need to know about what makes a clean CarFax report and why it's important.

What goes into a CarFax report?

A CarFax report makes a good measure of whether a car is worth buying or not. Instead of wondering if the vehicle has ever been in an accident or a flood, a buyer would know for sure because the history of the vehicle is included in the CarFax. Below you'll find content that you might encounter 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

A clean CarFax report is mainly determined by whether or not it has sustained major damage. If you're looking to sell your used vehicle, as long as you've kept up with maintenance and haven't gotten into any major accidents, you shouldn't have problems selling. If you're looking to buy, make sure you read through the CarFax first to make sure it will be a smart purchase.

If you happen to have any questions about your vehicle's CarFax report, come by and see us at 140 Spears Ln, Crittenden, KY 41030. We look forward to serving customers from Lexington and Cincinnati.