Do You Have a Clean Carfax? | Vestal NY | Near Binghamton, Elmira & Ithaca

When you're ready to upgrade your car to something newer, it's an exciting process, but selling your old car might be stressful. Additionally, if you're buying a used vehicle, you might be confronted with considerations and issues you hadn't anticipated. A Carfax report can help safeguard against unpleasant surprises when you buy a used vehicle, and can give you a better estimation of your current vehicle's value. So keep reading to learn more about what a Carfax report can tell you.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Whether you're selling or buying a used vehicle, a Carfax report can make or break a deal. A vehicle's VIN is able to bring up information from different databases, compiling records about the history of the vehicle. 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 damage before. This could include anything from an accident to other damage the car has accrued since it was first manufactured. 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 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

A vehicle's title 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 specific model due to major issues, those vehicles gain what's known as a "lemon status." It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of anticipated future problems.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always helpful 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 the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been consistently maintained, you should be supplied with or be able to obtain 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 had in the past and whether or not they have been taken care of.

Any Warranties Still Valid

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

Model-Specific Safety Information

Carfax should also have crash-test data on the specific make and model you're looking at. 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 indicates that there haven't been any serious problems reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have regularly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should be in the clear. 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 Serafini Nissan at 3101 Vestal Parkway E, Vestal, NY 13850. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Vestal, NY, and throughout Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca.