How Do I Get A Carfax For Free?

How To Get A Carfax Report For Free

How To Get A Carfax Report For Free (Real Offer)


Autohitch Vehicle History Report “Offer”

The first way you can run a free vehicle history report using Carfax is to continue reading. Below, I will share with you an offer I am running exclusively during the Autohitch “Pre-Launch” period as a thank you, to you, for finding our website, clicking the link, and spending your valuable time with us by reading or viewing our content. Speaking of your valuable time, let’s get to it, shall we?


Getting A Carfax Without Paying (Is It Possible?)

This is an easy one- Ask the (a) dealership. “Show me the Carfax” is so mainstream that there isn’t a dealership in business that thinks they can sell cars without ever providing some sort of documented vehicle history. Because of this, dealers are typically signed up to get multiple reports and pulling hundreds a month is a flash in the pan. Make sure you request a report with today’s date if not, you could fall outside of the Carfax Buyback Guarantee.


Carfax Reports (Are They Really Worth It?)

Carfax, and the newest member of the game Autocheck, provide vehicle history reports that are absolutely essential to any used car purchase. Yes, this even applies to a certified pre-owned vehicle, not so much because it’s a major concern, but because the dealers that sell certified vehicles can pump out vehicle history reports at relatively no cost so, why not?!


How Accurate Are Vehicle History Reports?

Great question! Although I emphasized the importance of always obtaining a vehicle history report for any used vehicle, I will also emphasize that you take the information they provide with a large grain of salt. Why? Well, vehicle history reports have a well-known flaw within the industry, and that is that they only show what was reported from their sources. These sources include:
  • The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)
  • DMV’s
  • Insurance Companies
  • Dealerships/Repair Shops (With Agreements)


In other words, if the information is never sent, it’s essentially as if nothing happened, and because ALL history reports are unreliable at best, you should only use them as guides. Guides that could save you time with upfront discovery or which could point you in the right direction when conducting an inspection. In summary- “Clean Carfax” really means “Keep Looking” and get yourself a vehicle inspection. (“Carfax Buying Guarantee Flaws”)
Free Carfax Reports


How To Get A Free Carfax Report Without Paying?

This is an easy one- Ask the dealership. “Show me the Carfax” is so mainstream that there isn’t a dealership in business that thinks they can sell cars without ever providing some sort of documented vehicle history. Because of this, dealers are typically signed up to get multiple reports and pulling hundreds a month is a flash in the pan.


Other Free Vin Check Sources

    • Third party listing sites– Many have now begun to include the dealers provided reports, or as in the case of Car Gurus, a high-level summary that can tell you enough about the vehicle to know if you should move on or move forward.
    • and – Not really a full history report, but they will tell you if there are any accident records or open recalls. In addition, they will give you some added information Carfax will not like: Price history, projected depreciation, best time to buy, and other potentially important factors for car buyers.
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau– The NICB’s Vin Check is a free service to help you identify if a car has been stolen or reported as salvage by an insurance company. Again, this isn’t the end all be all, but it is free and worth a 2-minute check, especially if you are shopping at a smaller dealership or private seller.


Free Carfax Report Reddit

You may have seen this little free carfax reports hack going around on sites like Reddit, Quora, or even private blogs. I checked out the first two I came across and they didn’t do a darn thing. It’s likely that people found something one day that they posted and just carelessly never removed the post. Save your time and use other methods or just pay for the real deal.


Alternatives To Carfax Reports (Similar Reports Available)


Yes, there are alternatives to the higher priced Carfax and even Autocheck reports, and one such service that I have tested is VinAudit. I compared it to a Carfax for the same vehicle and found no substantial difference in the information I needed to see. Why is cheaper? The name. They pull from most of the same sources with the biggest difference being that a Carfax will probably have more partnerships with dealers and shops to receive service records. But, in many cases, dealerships don’t even report their service to Carfax so again, what is that information really worth, 39.99?


Which Vehicle History Report Is Best?

From my experience, it’s between Carfax and Autocheck and that’s really because given the significance of the reason why you are pulling the report you want to stick with the most reputable names with the most resources. I would still give the edge to Carfax if for the only reason that they still have more partnerships out there to gather the most information possible. That being said, absolutely nothing wrong with Autocheck!


Claim A Free Vehicle History Report

Now, for what you all have been waiting for, or just skipped to from the top of the page lol. If you are looking at a particular vehicle and would like some information on it shoot me a message in the comments and include the Vin number. Mention specifically what it is you are interested in finding out and I will pass the relevant information along at no charge. It would be my pleasure 🙂


5 thoughts on “How Do I Get A Carfax For Free?

  1. I’m looking at a 2015 F150 XLT FX4 that had been a Canadian vehicle, VIN 1ftfw1ef6ffa64383. I understand there can be some issues with these particular trucks from Canada and this one has been for sale for more than a month at $27K. Prior to having it checked out, just trying to gather information to see if it’s even worth pursuing. Also, I have really enjoyed reading your website and the concept behind your business. Best of luck!

    1. Thank you very much for the compliments, Mike! I have a lot of knowledge in my head and I’m still working on getting it into the posts so it’s easier to navigate. There truly is a much more positive way to drive away with a great deal on a car without the entire process being a battle, and if we can address that either with our process or just by sharing knowledge, that’s mission accomplished!

      As for your vehicle-

      No Accidents (Reported)- Again, remember: Reported can differ from reality.

      4 owners- Right away I see the vehicle changing hands 4 times. This would be OK for a car 10 years old, but at 3-4 years old, it’s a flag. There isn’t much detail to say if these were auctions, private sales, or even repossessions so until you have confirmation of good news, assume the worst. There also may be a discrepancy with one of the ownership changes as it may have been an error in reporting when the owner moved and got new documentation, but I could be wrong.

      It’s rare I advise anyone to pursue vehicles that change hands this many times in such a short period as its only one of 3 things:
      – incidental (Repo, death, had to sell for personal reasons like money, new baby, etc)
      – Owners don’t like something about the car
      – Dealers can’t sell the car

      66% percent chance there is something undesirable about the car when you get right down to it.

      Price- The price they are selling at is essentially wholesale which might tickle most buyers but it’s another flag for me. What we now have is the formation of a pattern that shows us the vehicle isn’t desired (For whatever reason)

      Service- You do have some service records but they are nothing to tilt us one way or the other.

      Bottom line: You are still not crazy to pursue the truck, but you would be without a thorough inspection. I have an article coming soon about these but real quick… Look for an independent inspector in your area. Google “Vehicle inspection service”. You are looking for the guys that used to be dealers or mechanics but they now do “Pre-Purchase Inspections”, and that’s what you will ask for. These guys are pretty reputable and have inspectors nationwide- Lemon Squad.

      If not them, there will be individuals nearby, there always are. Price range will be about $150-$200 for your situation. I would go less on a car that seemed like it was ok, but in this case you have to dig deeper.

      I hope I was able to help!

        1. No problem Mike, Glad to help. If you get a sec, please share the page on your Facebook or whichever social media channel you have. It will allow more people to find Autohitch, and that means more people for me to meet and help out. Thanks again, and come back if you need anything else.

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