Do You Have a Clean Carfax? | Greenville SC | Near Spartanburg, Anderson & throughout the Upstate

When you're getting ready to replace your used vehicle, you've likely tried to calculate its price to see how much you can put towards a new vehicle. One of the biggest factors in a used vehicle's price, though, is its Carfax report. What does yours say about your vehicle? Keep reading to learn more.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Whether you're selling your vehicle or buying a used one, that vehicle's Carfax report can make or break a deal. A car's VIN is able to bring up records from different databases, compiling information that it can get about its history. Below is some of the information that you can find using Carfax:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

A polished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't sustained any damage before. This includes anything from an accident to other damage the car has accrued during its lifetime. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed, you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled in an accident.

Odometer History

To ensure accurate mileage, Carfax can gather information on the vehicle's odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, there is a possibility that it could have been altered. This could be problematic because you would think that a vehicle is less used than it actually is.

Any Issues With Titling

The title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, then just walking away may be your best option. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a vehicle because of major issues, that vehicle gains what's known as a "lemon status." It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always good to know how many owners a vehicle has had. With a used rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle or how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been properly 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 resolved.

Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of the used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if it still has any valid warranties. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety Information

Carfax should also provide 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 for added peace of mind on the road.

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean Carfax report means that there haven't been any serious problems reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should have a clean Carfax report. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the Carfax report before you make your final decision.

If you have any questions about the Carfax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by Audi Greenville at 200 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, SC, and throughout Spartanburg, Anderson and throughout the Upstate.