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Can You Get A Carfax Report For Free?

If you found this post because you are trying to figure out how to get a free carfax report, you may, or may not be in luck.

However:

What I can promise you is that if you leave Autohitch the Vin Number (Vehicle Identification Number) on any vehicle you are looking to buy, I will gladly tell you where your vehicle has been and what it has seen in its lifetime.  

Of course…

This is only based on what has been reported to the major bureaus that companies like Carfax and Autocheck use to provide you information, so as with any vehicle I would highly recommend getting a Pre-Sale Vehicle Inspection before ever departing with your money.

How Much Is My Car Really Worth?

Are you looking up Carfax Reports because you are getting ready to buy, sell, or trade in a used car?  Would you like to know what dealers are buying and selling your car for, today?

Autohitch can find out!

How much to know what the dealers know?  Only $20.  $20 to potentially save hundreds or thousands?  I don’t know, I thought that was a fair price…

Carfax Report Cost (2019)

The Cost Of A Carfax Report Is:

  • $39.99 for one
  • $79.99 for three
  • $99.99 for 5

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 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?

Carfax Used Cars-

It amazes me sometimes the amount of information that is out there about buying and selling used cars and that there is still so much people leave out.  Is it intentionally done to protect car dealers?  I’ll let you decide, but this trick with Carfax reports is a big one!

When you are shopping for a Used Car at a dealership that might offer you a Free Carfax Report, make sure you:

Carfax Report Vehicle Sold At Auction

Check The Date The Report Was Run

A little scam some used car dealers like to pull (Maybe we can just call it a trick) is to run a vehicle history report with Carfax or Autocheck BEFORE they purchase the car at the auction.  They do this because they know people don’t like seeing that a car came from the auction and if they can pull a report before the actual sale, there will be no notation of, “Vehicle Sold At auction”, on the report.  

Why do they do this?  Well, think about it:  A car purchased from the auction is likely being sold by another dealer, which means:  That dealer couldn’t or wouldn’t (For whatever reason) sell that car. 

If the car was valuable or desirable, why would any dealer dump it at the auction?

All this being said, don’t get me wrong-  There can be cars purchased from the dealer auctions that are just fine.  Some of these cars may be sold by banks/lenders after repossession, or big franchised dealerships selling a car from another brand with some small defect that they just can’t retail out of liability concerns.  Generally however, the rule of Thumb is going to be that a car sold at auction is a car another dealer couldn’t sell.

Walk Out!

If you do run into a dealership that has given you a new report with this change, please don’t buy the car from there.  This isn’t a point system, or a game where you are rewarded for “Beating” the dealer.  There are likely going to be more problems and you will be better off finding a more reputable store to buy a car from.

Carfax Buyback Guarantee (Not So Fast)

Timing is going to play another role in your Carfax Reports, especially if you intend on having the Carfax Buyback Guarantee on your side.  I dare someone to actually find me a car buyer that used this guarantee successfully, but that’s another topic!  

When it comes to the date of the report, you should again ensure that you get a freshly pulled Vehicle History (Carfax) report at or just before you buy a car, because if you don’t, you will fall outside of the Carfax Buyback Guarantee.  Why?  Because Carfax states in their Buyback Terms And Conditions that if a Carfax report was pulled more than 30 days before the date of purchase, you are not going to be covered. 

For a list of more of these legal clauses that could terminate your coverage check out our other article, “4 Major Problems You Didn’t Know About The Carfax Buyback Guarantee.”

Getting A Carfax Without Paying (Is It Possible?)

This is an easy one- Ask the (a) dealership to, “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. 

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Is A Carfax Report Worth It?

Yes!  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?!

To get the full value of any Carfax Report, whether it be a free report or not, you must first know what to look for inside of it.

So check out our post on How To Read A Carfax where we cover 9 categories that could mean the difference between you buying a Lemon or a quality Used Car.

How To Read A Carfax

Why A Carfax Report Is Really Worth It

What truly makes Carfax reports worth every penny of the $39.99 is to check whether a car has a:

Sadly I have noticed what feels like an uptick in the sale of these vehicles, and not simply because they are in high demand, but because buyers are being deceived.  If you would like a more in depth review of vehicles that have been salvaged, check our post, “Salvage And Rebuilt Title Cars | Buyer Beware or Great Deal?”.

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”)

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How To Get A Free Carfax Report Without Paying?

If you really want to get a free Carfax Report without paying– 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.
    • VehicleHistory.com and ISEECARS.com – 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, the 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.

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Free Carfax Reports On 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 certainly were not giving out a Free Carfax Report. 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. 
 
That being said, I have seen others with completely different results, so I’m sure this is on a case by case basis because VinAudit simply lacks the partnerships Carfax does to secure more information.
 
Why is it cheaper you might ask?
 
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 about Carfax VS 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!

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202 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 ———————. 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.

  2. Hi Mike,

    Love the article. Good read. Would you be able to give me the vehicle history of this VIN? ——————– Planning on seeing it soon in person, but wanted to do research before I make a drive out there.

    1. Good Evening Rj,

      My name is Steve, by the way, Mike was another reader.

      I looked into your Vin Number which belongs to the 2002 Honda Civic LX. I see 5 owners, which for an 18-year-old car isn’t unreasonable. There is one accident a few years ago which shows a rear impact. No severity is shown so I can’t say whether it was a big deal or not, you can and should have it inspected to know for sure. For this inexpensive of a vehicle though, maybe it’s not that big of a deal…

      My biggest concern for you with this car would be its lifespan in the very northern state of Maine. This vehicle has seen serious Winter weather and 18 years of it at that.

      It is possible it was taken care of during that time, but I would most definitely have a really good look underneath and in the motor compartment for rust or corrosion.

      I hope I was able to be of assistance!

  3. wanting to know if this vehicle has been in any accidents ——————–. The bumper has been taken off for some reason and the clear coat is now chipping

    1. Hey Sharon,

      Sorry we couldn’t reply sooner but we are aiming to keep the response time under 24 hours so at least I think we beat that 🙂

      -After reading the information below could you leave us a review on Google using the link here? It will help Google show us to more car buyers which will allow us to help even more people like yourself. Thanks!!! Google Review.

      – I checked the history and you are looking at a no damage/no accidents “Reported”. This is from a Carfax report!

      – Just because no damage was reported to Carfax doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. For this vehicle, I would highly advise you contact an independent inspection service and order up a $100-$150 pre-sale inspection. They are going to have a meter that will tell them if any panels were painted which indicates damages or repairs as well as looking at the nuts and bolts where panels are put on. One tip is to see if any bolts have rust or paint removed- This means they were taken off after leaving the factory or in layman’s terms= A repair was made.

      – Next point to take note of is that the ownership is being listed as a Rental and a Personally owned vehicle. It was a rental for 1 year and personally owned for 4 months. I would say that qualifies as something that would raise a flag for sure because it’s changed hands twice in a short period of time= “Why didn’t they want it?”… It’s possible the rental company let it go for legitimate reasons but then why did the persona owner not keep it longer than 4 *months? These are just questions you need to ask.

      – There is also a lien on the vehicle that was reported as recently as July, so ensure that it is paid off before you take possession and part with any money. The lien holder has all the rights here so you will take a back seat when it comes to people losing money if something isn’t right with the deal.

      **, In conclusion, there may be absolutely nothing wrong with the vehicle or the deal, I am simply advising you on what to look for so that you can be confident about the purchase.

  4. Looking to purchase local 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee limited. Owner claims nothing wrong but too big for daughter….vin#—————–. Thx! Read your complete post.

    1. Hey Terrie,

      Nice to meet you 🙂

      From what I see, this vehicle has no record of any accidents or damage, which again, is not a guarantee that there were not any, it simply means none were reported to the major vehicle history bureaus. Not that many service records, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been cared for. 5 owners, but for this age vehicle that is not an issue.

      Overall, and I’m sorry to say this because you don’t want your daughter to have it, but the vehicle’s history is Good!

      — If you could, please leave a review for us on Google so that more people can find us and we can help them out as well 🙂 (Autohitch Google Review)

  5. I’m looking at a 2013 Corvette for sale from a private owner. The car has 2,000 miles on it and, according to the owner, pretty much sat in his garage. The asking price is 35K and i suspect he’ll tale 32-33K . It’s a base model Corvette and the Vin is, ——————. Anything you can tell me about this vehicle would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    1. Sure thing Bill,

      First of all, if you could leave a quick review for us on Google to help us get some more exposure to help other shoppers that would be great! (Google Review)

      –As for the Vehicle you have a no accident/no damage vehicle with one owner. Only one service record so it’s “Possible” that the vehicle was lightly used because a new vette would have recieved free servicing the first few years if the owner was driving it.

      –Also the price: Price looks fair. I see this selling at the auctions with a min of 10k miles and that’s wholesale at 29k. So with 2k miles at 33, if you can get it, that’s very fair if even damn good.

  6. We are looking at ——————-. We have no idea about service records, owners. Saw a report that it came from Connecticut and that there were no reported accident, theft or liens and a list of recalls. Thank you for any info you can provide and for your website.

    1. No problem Biko,

      First off, if you could provide us a review on Google that would be great. It would help us reach more car buyers which we, of course, can also help as they shop. (Google Review)

      As for your 2008 Honda Fit- I see no accidents and no damage reported with a verified one owner record. Remember, this doesn’t mean the vehicle IS clean, it just means nothing was reported, so you should always look closely and if you are unsure find a vehicle inspector to confirm.

      Also, only one service record. This isn’t a red flag by any means because dealerships don’t have to report a thing to Carfax or Autocheck and often don’t. If you are really worried you can call over to the dealership that performed the one service (Curtiss-Ryan-Honda in Shelton CT. Tell them you are thinking about purchasing this vehicle and would like to know if they had any service records. They may provide them or they may not, but they should at least be able to tell you if there are any and if they require the owner to release that information you can ask the owner to do so.

  7. Vin: ——————– Trying to find maintenance records, owner and sales info, anything helpful to know before purchase. 2006 CR-V Thanks

    1. Sure thing Eric,

      First off, if you could provide us with a review on Google that would be great. It would help us reach more car buyers which we, of course, can also help as they shop. http://bit.ly/Autohitch-Google-Review

      –The vehicle history looks pretty solid. No accidents or damage reported with 2 owners. 16 service records that indicate the last service was done at Autonation Honda in August of this year. It simply says serviced and does not provide specifics.

  8. Hi, hopefully going to look at this vehicle this weekend. Wondering if there are any accidents and how many owners, and if the title is salvaged or re-built. VIN is:
    ——————– Owner says they are the 3rd or 4th owner and it has 149k for miles with re-built transmission and new clutch.

    1. Hey Erik, sure thing!

      By the way, if you could leave a review for us over on Google that would be great. Most people take the information and run, which is sad, but we will still continue helping whoever needs it because it’s important. However, these reviews will help us reach more people, so we hope you will help us out, and it’s super fast. http://bit.ly/Autohitch-Google-Review

      I see no accidents and do damage reported on the vehicle. No service records available and it does not list the amount of owners. The only negative I see, which may or may not mean anything at all is:

      08/12/2013 144,665 Massachusetts
      Inspection Station
      Beverly, MA Failed safety inspection

      on 8-23 it then passed another inspection.

      Remember!! Vehicle history reports only show what was reported to them. If this vehicle was damaged and fixed out of pocket, the only way to know would be through an honest owner or a vehicle inspection that’s about $100-$150. Relatively cheap for being sure of what you are getting.

  9. Hi, I’m trying to buy a car for the first time (my mother picked out my last one and tasked me with picking out my new one!) and found this 2013 Ford C-Max SEL for a decent price. The VIN is ——————. We’re trying to figure out if it is worth driving 2.5 hours to get or to get the one that is closer, has 30k less miles, and is extremely good condition, but is $5-6k more. Thanks!

    1. No problem Bella,

      By the way, if you could leave us a review on Google that will help us reach more car buyers that would be great! http://bit.ly/Autohitch-Google-Review

      I see a pretty solid looking history on that vehicle: No accidents, no Damage, and only one owner. 8 service records as well and it was a personal use vehicle, so no car rentals or commercial use. What are they charging you?

    2. I will just tell you, from what I see for car prices at the auctions, the suggested retail could be around 12k if the miles are still at 68k. Wholesale, the dealer could have bought this car for anywhere from 8500-9000, but that’s only if they got it from a dealer auction. If they took it from a trade they could have paid more or less (Probably less).

      *Please remember this is assuming a very good condition. If there are any issues this changes.

      I would say to try and get this car for 11,000-11,500 if you can. Cars with fewer miles are selling there on the upper end.

  10. Hello,
    I am curious to know what this car sold for at auction. It was at a major dealership before the smaller dealership I bought it from today. I found a link on Quora where you said you often can find that kind of info. I’m curious not only because I bought it but also because the operation was very small/family owned. They were great people and I’m interested to know what kind of margins they’re able to make. Thanks in advance.

    Justin

    VIN#: JTKKU4B46C1018661

    1. How long ago was this? It’s easier when it’s very recent, once I have to start digging it’s more difficult to match up the transactions. Additionally, there are many different types of auctions around and they do not all feed into the same system.

      Will also need color and mileage when you write back. Mileage at the time they bought it.

      Of course if you could leave us a review on Google that helps out too! 🙂 http://bit.ly/Autohitch-Google-Review

  11. Hey all,
    So happy to have found this site. I am trying to help a friend who already purchased a vehicle but they didnt realize until after that the dealer gave them an autocheck report that says 1 accident, but the dealer didnt even point it out. Could yall please look into this for me? Its a 2013 Kia Sorento. The VIN is ———————–. I really appreciate it and will definitely leave a review for you.

      1. Hi Autohitch,
        Could you tell me by any chance what that accident was? I saw the report had the date and the accident on it, but no information regarding what the accident was. It does say moderate though which makes me think more than a slight fender bender. Thanks again.

        -Sam

        1. “Accident reported
          with another motor vehicle
          Involving a parked motor vehicle
          Moderate damage reported”

          If that was you that left the review, Thank You! If not, please don’t forget to help us out so we can help more people…

  12. Hi Autohitch,

    I am happy to have found this site. I have found a good car and trying to find out the history. The VIN is 1N4AZ0CP8FC329691. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    1. Glad to help! If you could leave us a very quick review on Google, which will help more people find us, that would be great 🙂 http://bit.ly/Autohitch-Google-Review
      2015 Nissan Leaf-
      No accidents
      Do Damage
      1 owner

      I only show two service records between 2015 and this year. one at 7k miles and another at 16,500.

      This could be because they took it elsewhere that doesn’t report services or it could be because that vehicle doesn’t require service that frequently. I’m not a Nissan Leaf expert so I can’t say for sure but at least you know.

      Warranties:
      Drivetrain- 23 months or 42,000 miles
      Emissions- 59 months or 62,000 miles
      Corrosion- 23 months or unlimited mileage

      These warranties are based on the last recorded mileage of 16500 in Feb of this year.

      I hope I was able to help!

      1. i left a post but it did not show up in the comment section so i am trying to leave my info this way . sorry if i am doing it wrong . need info on vin # ——————– thanks a lot .

        1. I actually replied to your email directly, and yes, the posts do not automatically show up because they must be approved to keep out the spam.

    1. Here is what I was able to find on the Versa:

      – No accidents
      – No Damage
      – 3 owners
      – Most of the important warranties are expired except for corrosion and emissions

      – The vehicle has a good amount of service records which is nice to see, not so much because we wouldn’t believe a new car never to have been serviced, but its a great confirmation. The most recent service was on 11/07/17 and the vehicle is listed as being sold at auction on Sept 10, 2018. The difference in miles is about 11k, so there is a chance the vehicle was driven that long without an oil change, or they could have simply elected to have it serviced outside of a reporting dealership. It’s something to look at, but not really a red flag.

      -The fact that it was sold at auction without any surrounding information about being a trade in or exchanging ownership is “Unusual”. Typically you will see it marked as dealer inventory or at least have the title/registration renewed, but I do not see that here. Because individuals don’t go to sell at dealer auctions the only possibility that makes sense to me here is that a small dealership took the car in by signing the title but never actually processed the transfer with the DMV.

      This, of course, is speculation and again, not necessarily a “Red Flag”, but I would consider it yellow and something to at least inquire about. The reason being that cars dealers take to the auction are cars they can’t sell: Bottom line! This could be because it was a big dealership that has rules against selling cars with manufacturer defects unrepaired, or it could be because no one was buying it.

      If it’s because no one was buying it then the responsible thing to do is to ask why…?

      Again, the vehicle could be fine, along with its transfer of ownership. Carfax isn’t written in stone information, it’s just a guide, but it’s a guide we use to ask certain additional questions so that essentially is what I am doing here. If you like the answers you get, then you have done what you can. Of course, the only surefire way to know for sure is to order an independent pre-sale inspection. It’s $150 well spent!

      – I hope I was able to help Erin!

    1. Hey Cathy, no problem. We would now just ask that you leave us a kind review on Google “Before” providing the history, as we tried to trust people with a fair “This for that” and had a 5% SUCCESS RATE. Sad, but true! Google Review

      -Does not have to be lengthy, just a quick mention about helping you in your car buying journey is all. This helps us reach and help more people, Thank you!

    1. Good Evening, and thank you for reaching out to us. Due to other visitors not leaving reviews in return for the information we are providing we have had to ask that people leave us a quick review on Google before we send you the vehicle history report. The link is included here: Google

      This is simply a Google review so it is not an attempt to get your information, that is not what we are here for, but your review will help us reach more car buyers going forward and is very much appreciated!

  13. Hello, I am looking to get the car with VIN: ——————– Could you please look it up for me I would very much appreciate it. I left you a google review.

        1. Alan,

          The vehicle was marked as a Total Loss in June of this year. Damage appears to be related to a hit toward the front of the car so you are not only looking at serious body repair but also damages to key components in and around the motor.

          Not sure if you need anything more than that as the Total Loss pretty much sums it up.

  14. Looking for vehicle accident history and a previous number of owners. Or any other red flags. Vin is —————–.

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Brooke,

      We started by asking people to simply exchange time for reviewing us on Google for their vehicle history reports and found that if we provided the information up front, no one took the time to help us in return.

      All these reviews do is help us reach more people seeking information.

      So, we are now asking if you could leave us a review first before we send everything over. If that works for you, follow this to Google to leave us a review. (Does not have to be any certain length, anything helps)

      Google Review

  15. Hello Could You Please following Details For VIN: ——————, many many thanks in advance for the help.
    1) No Of Owners and their History
    2) Service Records
    3) Detailed History
    4) Title

    1. Kiran, no problem at all. We only ask now that you leave us a review on Google before we send over the information as it helps us reach/help more people. We tried providing the information up front, and sadly people would not take a second to help us out. We really appreciate your help and you don’t have to write anything long, just be honest with how helpful our information will be for you because Google doesn’t want anyone lying 🙂

      Google Review

  16. Hi, I’m looking at a car tomorrow and one site says there was an accident another is saying no accident. We just want to know if there were any claimed accidents on this particular car. ————–

    1. No problem at all Anya,

      We simply ask for a quick Google Review for our company so that we can reach more people online seeking the same type of information.

      We hate asking for this upfront but we found that no one would ever leave a reply after we supplied a vehicle history. SAD BUT TRUE!

      Google Review

      I have already pulled the report and have your answer, and will submit it as soon as we see a review submitted.

    1. No problem Jeff,

      You may have seen is previous comments that we are now asking for a quick Google review of the business as part of the report. We tried providing the information expecting it to be a fair request but of course, people let us down. So, we now have to ask upfront.

      Nothing long, anything works, but these reviews help us reach more people. Google Review

      Once we see the review I will have everything up for you!

  17. Hi Steve, loved your article, great read! I am looking to buy a 2005 Honda Element EX here in the Boston area, the Vin# is —————–, I would like to know how many owners, the TRUE odometer miles, the dealer is saying that it has just over 85000 miles on it, and, if it has ever been in an accident. I look forward to your reply!……………..thanks, Greg

    1. Thank you for your kind words and review Greg!

      From what I am able to see there are no accidents “Reported” and only one owner. A passenger airbag was replaced but upon further review, it appears that was in regards to a recall that was being fixed, not an accident or damage.

      I do see that there is a discrepancy in the odometer but there is absolutely no information available as to why…

      From the dealers’ ad, it looks as if they are suggesting the vehicle is 85k miles? Looking at the places that have reported mileage across the life of the car you can clearly see that doesn’t hold up.
      -State Inspection (Multiple times)
      -Meineke
      -Honda (airbag replacement)

      I have seen odometer issues that were mistakes before and this doesn’t appear to be one (Opinion). One instance I can remember was when an auction input a number incorrectly. It caused an odometer red flag in vehicle checks that we had to get cleared up.

      ** Also, the vehicles last safety/emissions inspection was a fail. Odd for a Honda to fail emissions, don’t you think?

      ** The vehicle history also seems to show that a dealer had it then quickly flipped it to the auction. (Cars dealers can’t sell go to the auction)

      If there is an issue with the odometer that could cause a faulty reading than the dealer can’t sell you the car stating a certain mileage. If they are, they are being dishonest and you really should consider if moving forward with them on anything is a good idea.

      Bottom line: am doing a bit of speculation here but it’s more like intelligence guided by experience. I’ve seen the flags before and these are flags. Big Red Flags? Maybe light red, but enough that my advice would be to stay away. If not, you absolutely must get an inspection performed.

      1. Thank you so much for all the information, you have been more than helpful! I will get the car checked out first by my mechanic before I make my decision to buy, but, I am concerned about the odometer miles, big red flag right there! Again, I really appreciate your prompt response, you have been very helpful, you guys are the best!!!…………….Greg

  18. My name is C.J. I live in Houston Texas and am looking at a truck in Dallas. It is a 2017 GMC Sierra 1500, the VIN number is
    ——————–.
    It is being sold buy a guy that owns a repair shop of some kind. He has told me that there was minor front, right damage to the fender, bumper, light. He also stated the driver side airbag had deployed in which was the only thing he did not repair or replace. I asked if he had any pictures of the damage before it was repaired and he stated that he did not.
    The vehicle has just under 20000 miles, he is asking just under $25,000.
    Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance for your services.

  19. Hi, could you provide some background on this car-a 2013 VW passat. Here is the vin. Appreciate your help. 1VWAP7A38DC005840

  20. Excellent job on the review Sir, and thank you!

    I was able to see an accident back in 2013 for the Ford Escape. Unfortunately, it doesn’t give any details at all. No severity, nothing about where the damage was, literally just that an accident was reported. Usually that means it was light damage. Typically when airbags deploy or the vehicle was towed they go out of their way to point that out. I would also be able to see airbags being replaced at the dealership unless of course, they pulled them from a Junk Yard. But if the damage was that severe insurance usually gets involved and they report everything they do.

    The last service I see was in 2016. It doesn’t mean that was the last service by any means, it could simply be the last shop that reports service working on the car, but I thought you would like to know.

  21. Hello I’m in market to purchase a reliable Daily driver..out side of my not so reliable Jeep Wrangler which I love. I am single lady so Terrified of the thought of breaking down. Im interested in knowing previous owner of this Mini Cooper. The seller states its a one owner. The mileage almost seems to good to be true. 2013 at 32k. Im just trying to avoid buying into a money pit..considering I’m already currently in one with my Jeep (even though it’s paid for).
    The vin is as follows:
    ——————-
    I sincerely appreciate any info you can offer me. Thanks do much in Advance.
    Sincerely, Fran

  22. Fran,

    First: If you found this information helpful, we would very much appreciate you sharing that experience with others by leaving a Google Review. I will email you the link or you can find it in comments above. Thank you!

    The Vehicle does show two owners but this is because the dealership purchased it at auction and they are counted as an owner.

    Now: I do see that a dealership listed it for sale BEFORE putting it in the auction, which is what I don’t like seeing. The bottom line- One dealer had that car and couldn’t sell it… WHY?

    If it’s low miles and one true personal owner, why couldn’t a dealership sell it? Why did they have to flip it wholesale?

    As for the mileage, I wouldn’t worry because it was sold between dealer and auction and both those parties are pretty good about scrutinizing that type of stuff.

    I also don’t see any accidents, but that does not mean there were not any. YOU SHOULD ORDER AN INDEPENDENT INSPECTION FORT THIS VEHICLE.

  23. Hi 🙂 I would like to know what info you can find on my car – —————- When I bought it I didn’t see or receive a Carfax report when I should have. I’ve wondered if there might have been a reason I got a good deal, like a prior accident.

    1. Andrew,
      Yes, it appears you may have received a great deal due to an accident. Actually, I see two accidents and one was listed as “Major”. The damage was reported to be on the right rear side of the vehicle and the claim was apparently $5600 Canadian. There was another accident in 2014 that was 2k in damage.

      1. Thank you for looking into this for me, Stephen! Out of curiosity – would I be able to have a copy of the report, or even a screenshot? I can send you my email. It sure is nice to know a little more about the cars history. Either way, I appreciate your doing this for us weary travellers 🙂

  24. Hi,

    I am trying to find a cheap car I can use for a year without spending much on service. Can you please tell me something about service history of this 2001 Taurus? VIN:——————
    It has a low miles for this age, but if it has not been maintained well, I might have to start with spending a lot on service.
    Thanks a lot,
    Peter

  25. Hi,

    I am trying to find a cheap car I can use for a year without spending much on service. Can you please tell me something about service history of this 2001 Taurus? VIN:—————–
    It has a low miles for this age, but if it has not been maintained well, I might have to start with spending a lot on service.
    Thanks a lot,
    Peter

  26. Hey Peter,

    I was able to pull up some service records on that Taurus. I am happy to share them with you as we have with everyone but we do ask that you leave us a review on Google in exchange for the information. We don’t mean to be needy, but being active on these reviews does help us reach more people which means we get to help more people. Simply Google Search for Autohitch and you should see our Google listing on the right. (Reviews should be honest)

  27. Peter,
    I see a bunch of service performed at Midas on 11-2 of this year: Tire(s) balanced
    Sway bar link(s) replaced
    Battery replaced
    Wiper(s) replaced
    Tire(s) mounted
    Steering/suspension checked
    Engine checked
    Emission system checked

    Outside of that there are some service records but not a ton. Of course, not all places report to the history bureaus, so judging a car by service history records on these reports can be an inaccurate way of looking at the quality of a used car.

    If the miles are around 100k as I see, that means the car wasn’t driven hard which is obviously good. I also only see 2 owners and no damage or accidents reported.

    Again, I only see what is reported, so if damage ever occurred that an owner fixes out of pocket it would have to be caught upon inspection.

  28. I’m currently looking at a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.
    VIN number ——————
    The owner of the car claims he is a mechanic and there is only several small issues on the car and he will fix them before handing it to me.
    He charged me 2k+ for this used car, a decent price, but what worries me is that parts of this car have recall records. Will this affect the price if I plan to sell it in the future? Besides, I can’t see how many pre owners this car has and how many miles it has ran over.

    I’ll be appreciated for your help.

  29. VIN ——————–
    1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S
    I once owned this year/model and I’m curious if the one I found for sale is the very one I owned. I have spent money on reports but the reports don’t go back far enough. The dealer is asking $57,000 … I paid $13,500 (23 years ago, however) … Just so curious if this is MY car … and what it is really worth?

  30. Hi my name is Jason i have a 2018 Chevy truck that i got New here is the vin —————- but im starting to thank that it may have had another owner befor me so i would thank it would have been sold to be as used can you please let me know what you find. Thanks!

  31. Hi I am looking at a vehicle on Craigslist and would like to know is the accuracy of the current mileage is correct and if it is automatic or 5 speed, vin 1FABP45EXHF235570

  32. I was looking to trade in my 2009 Dodge Caliber and the dealer said that the Carfax reported that it was a total loss after a minor accident in 2013 so they couldn’t give me full trade value. My car was not a total loss and they never showed me the Carfax report. VIN: 1b3hb48a39d117046

  33. 3czrM3h55gg719998
    Thanks so much. This is a private party seller. YOUR report says 2 owners already? I am so burnt out on dealerships, I hope this is a good deal @ $20,500

  34. I am trying to find any information regarding my 2007 Magnum’s days as a police car. The vin is 2D8GV47287H759677. I’ll be doing a review for y’all as soon as I’m done here. I have spoke to the previous owners of the vehicle since it was decommissioned and sold at auction but there is zero information on where it was a police car or any service records that we know of. Any of this information would be great!

  35. Hey Auto Hitch! Great read man, I’m highly considering buying this 07 M35s tomorrow for $5500. It would be great appreciated to get a VIN check: JNKAY01E67M300330

  36. Hello, this was very informational site. I am looking at a 2009 Nissan Quest VIN 5N1BV28U09N102777. I checked it on vehiclehistory.com and it seems ok, but there was a lot missing. I want to make sure there has been no odometer tampering, major accidents, totaled etc, floods etc. I am hoping you can help. I need a reliable family car at a good price, this I am hoping is a car that will work for our family.

  37. Really needing accurate information on VIN 5N1BV28U09N102777. Any floods, accidents especially odometer changes. Anything that could cause us issues in the future. I have definitely left a google review.

  38. 1GNGK26N3SJ344515 is the vin of the car I’m looking to purchase. I’m looking for a title search and maintenance records

  39. Thanks for finding the article and I’m glad it was informative!

    If you get a sec, please looks us up on Google and leave a review on our Google Profile- It helps us reach more people when they are looking for advice, and then we get to help more people.

    As for your Nissan, I was able to see that there are no reported accidents or damage. Remember: That only means nothing was reported, not that it never happened. If you backed into a tree in front of your house and paid out of pocket to fix it, that information would never show up! Check around the car and look at the seems, or where the panels line up. You are looking to see if those gaps are even all the way through or if the panels are closer in one area than the other. Also, open the hood and doors and look at the bolts that hold everything together (Other than motor parts). Specifically look at the painted bolts. When you see painted bolts with the paint removed or scratched up like someone took them off, that’s a sign of structural repairs.

    As for service records, there isn’t really anything out there, but that’s not really rare, most mechanics and service centers don’t take the time to send information in, and they are not required to do so.

  40. This is a terrific site and very helpful information.. If I could give you stars, you’d definitely get 5 stars. I’m looking for information on Vin: 1C4BJWDG9FL742601
    Should be a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited, while trying to break down what each letter and number means for U-Haul and a trip across the country, I’m unable to find consistent information. Basically I’m interested in any insight you can give. Thank you so very much for your time and effort.

    1. Hey Ramesh,

      Thank you for finding our article and relying on us for some important information. Before I get into what I found, if you get a second, please Google “Autohitch” and leave us a review on our Google Listing (Which usually appears to the right on search results). These reviews really help us inside of Google to find and help more car shoppers.

      As per your 2003 Civic-

      I don’t see any accidents or damage reported, but remember: This doesn’t mean none ever happened. If someone hits a road sign or a tree and fixes the damage out of pocket, no one might ever know without an actual pre-sale vehicle inspection. 4 owners appear, but for a vehicle this old that number isn’t uncommon so, I wouldn’t worry about that.

      There was an airbag assembly replaced in 2015. This could be from the repair of a factory defect, or it could be from an accident that wasn’t reported as I mentioned above. I would look under the hood at the bolts that connect the bumper and quarter panel to the frame. These types of bolts are usually painted at the factory, so if you see paint removed or scratched off on these bolts, there were probably repairs from body damage.

      Anything else, just ask, and don’t forget to review 🙂

  41. Hello I am still searching for my Red Mini Cooper S Convertible, preferably 3rd Generation, BMW Mfg.
    I’m looking at this mini Cooper. If you can offer me any additional info I would be greatly appreciative.
    Here is Vin:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Thanks in advance,
    Fran

    1. Hey Fran, the history I see on the vehicle shows a lot of solid information. one owner, no damage, and no accidents “Reported”. The last information to show up is that the vehicle is offered for sale at a dealership with nothing about an auction in front of it. So, probably a good bet that the vehicle was taken in on trade or bought by the dealership directly from an owner (This is usually a better type of used car). Not guaranteed that is what happened, just likely.

  42. I’m looking for any accidents and if sold at auction vehicle and if this is a good safe vehicle for me and my family to drive. Also if oil change and service done regularly. VIN # xxxxxxxxxxxx , 2003 Chevy S10 , Thanks

  43. I’d like to know any info on a 1985 Mercury Capri Vin 1MHBP79M6FF610642 .
    The car has extremely low miles and I’m concerned it’s been sitting for quite some while or worse. Please advise. Thanks Mike

  44. Hi, can you give me a report of the following for a 2013 GMC Yukon VIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Service history record
    Accident
    recall
    Previous use/owner
    Lein

  45. Hello, I’m looking to purchase a 2005 Honda Civic LX. The vin #——————
    Any help into its detailed past history would be great!

  46. Hi there, I just published a positive review. Can you please provide me any issues or problems (accidents, etc) on this VIN? ——————-.
    Thank you! John

  47. Hey awesome article really appreciate the info. I left a google review as well.
    But I am looking at a 2011 F-250 with a VIN 1FT7W2BT0BEC57164
    The guy told me it has almost all the service records but never offered any kind of proof. Thanks

  48. Hello,
    my daughter is looking at a used car and i am trying to make sure its not a total disaster.. she worked all summer for the cash to buy it
    vin ———–

  49. Thanks for all this information. I’m wanting to buy motor from this salvaged car on E-Bay() and want to verify mileage of 36K which seems extremely low for 2007. Thanks again

  50. Love the information you had. All of what you said makes sense and is true to the bone. I feel though that Fairfax should be a free service to save people the heartache of buying a bad car. We anyways as to proceed I am looking a mustang with salvage title I just want to know if it is a rebuilt so I can register it. Vin is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  51. Thanks for this really informative article. This is of great help to first-time used car buyers, as I have already mentioned in my Google review.
    I am looking at a 2014 Ford Focus (VIN: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx). I checked the Carfax used vehicle value as well as Autocheck score, which seemed to be pretty good. However, one of the free sources suggested “Damage Type: Junk and Salvage” although the owner claims it has a clean title. could you please help with the Carfax report here?

  52. I’ll be happy to write you a sparkling Google review if you can help me find a history on this well-used 2004 Dodge Truck I’m buying. It has 160,000+ miles on it, and I’m trying to find out its service history. What’s been done to it and when? The VIN is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

  53. I’ve left a review in advance, knowing you’ll tell me what I want to know about Bonnie”, a car I bought from a friend $800 from a lifelong friends and classmate. VIN xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Unfortunately my VW Jetta SEL Premium didn’t fare well in a brutal ND winter after giving me 96,000 wonderful miles in CA where I bought her brand new when had was over $5 a gallon. I’d like Bonnie’s original sticker listing standard and any options, and as much of where she’s been and how she’s been treated as possible. I believe my friend was the 2nd owner. She’s not pretty to look at and wasn’t when I drive her home after handing my friend the cash. Having said that if have been happy if she’d get me through for a couple of months. She’s done much more and it has been some to not have a $500+ car payment each month and obviously I’m also saving a lot of money in insurance premiums. I want to fix the previous smash up damage. Rear door, trim underneath the door, Denny in fender and roof. She runs great, uses .5Q oil between oil changes (7,500 miles). The receipts in the glove box indicate mechanically she was taken care of by my friend. His daughter’s first car, and it looks like “Bonnie” may have taught her what not to do on snow and ice a couple times. People think I’m crazy to spend money to get her looking good again, but I like her and she’s been good to me through 10,000 miles, saving me 4 grand in payments already. A windshield, door skin and a facelift with a little paint and she’d look as good as she runs and drives. I have friends to do the work cheap. What do you think? The current damage if probably not reported as it is not fixed. Anything else I should be concerned about? Thank you so much. I appreciate it

    1. Allen, when it comes to the history of the vehicle there was only one report of damage and that was back when it was sold in the late 90’s. If you read this article then you would know that type of thing really isn’t that common because the major vehicle history companies only know the information that is given to them.

      Outside of that damage, there is really nothing else showing up related to your vin.

      Now when it comes to what you should do, I would be misleading you by telling you what you should do because you have to be that judge. If the vehicle were sitting in front of me, or if you had it inspected by an actual vehicle inspector, then I could start to offer you some advice. The problem I have is that I can’t recommend or not recommend the car because I don’t know it’s true condition.

      That being said, if the car does have life left in it, and your current situation leans you towards something cheaper, go for it. A lot of people I know could buy brand new cars every 3 years but don’t because they don’t like owing anyone money.

      If you can afford an inspection, get one, that way you will know “Exactly” what you are making a big decision on, and it is a big decision, is it not?

  54. Vin:
    Looking at this car but the pricing seems to good to be true with the miles at 100,000 and change?? What do you think you can find on this. I think mught be a skeleton in that closet?????

  55. Hi
    Firstly this is a great job to helping folks, please would mind to check this vin no.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Chrysler town and country 2011

    Thank you

  56. Hi again! Thanks for the helpful post.
    I am looking at these 2 cars- Could you please help with the Carfax history report?
    Chevy Cruze ——————–
    Nissan Altima ——————–

  57. Appreciate the detailed guidance for used car buyers, as I have already mentioned in my Google Review as well as social media sharing. I am looking to buy this vehicle (VIN# xxxxxxxxx) from a friend who says he is the first owner, but I came to know from another common friend that there might be a damage/minor accident on this. I have checked some of the free vehicle history sources, but was not able to find details on accident/damage. I would appreciate if you could help here with the full car history report.

  58. Hi,
    I am looking for an inexpensive and reliable car and have been considering purchasing this Ford Fusion: ——————- Could you tell me if there’s anything to watch out for? Accidents, major mechanical work, salvage title? Many thanks!
    Best,
    Renée

  59. Was wondering if you guys would be so kind as to check this Vin for me? ——————–. Thank you very much in advance, you guys are awesome.

  60. I’m looking at a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer VIN ——————–. The Carfax says “Accident reported involving front impact” , I would like to know how serious the damage was, if possible. – Thanks

  61. Looking to purchase one of the two listed vehicles. 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring 150000 miles Vin# asking 5600. The other is 2006 Honda Odyssey Touring 153000 miles Vin# asking 3935. Please check vin and advise me on the better purchase, Each vehicle is interior and exterior from pictures is in pretty good condition. My Son checked out the 2005 and said condition is very good. On my way to google to do a review and thank you in advance for your assistance. Also what is a fair price for both

  62. Hi! We are looking at an 03 Sprinter diesel, vin# xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. They say the mileage is only 24,700, which is only 1650 miles per year. It also has a sticky turbo. Can you find any info on this van? Thanks,
    Doug

  63. Hello,
    My son is looking at a 2000 BMW 318i VIN –
    We just want to know if there is any salvage or similar issues we should be concerned about.
    Thank you for your time and help!

  64. Hi! I am looking at VIN #————— $7950.00 with 109,000 miles. Seller disclosed that it was in a minor collision with a deer and that he replaced the front bumper cover, right fender and right headlight. No airbags deployed and supposedly the car did not even come out of alignment. Seller claims to have used all oem parts. Any info you can provide or other words of wisdom would be appreciated.

  65. Hi!
    This is very helpful and I have already shared my Google review, knowing that you will be helping me out. I am looking to buy a car with VIN# ———— from a private party. Could you please let me know if there is any accident or damage or anything that I should be concerned of? The owner initially said that there are some minor issues that had come up in the vehicle history report which he has pulled, but now on asking to share it, he is saying that he hadn’t pulled any report, which makes me suspicious. Could you please share carfax history report and suggest on what all I should be checking?

  66. Hi, I’m looking at a 2016 Kia Sedona which I don’t have the option to personally inspect. I guess I’m the most worried about it having had any accidents. the Vin is —————-. I already left you a Google review! Thanks…

  67. ——————
    Nissan Quest
    I just purchased the vehicle today. Apparently, I paid ~$1,600 less than it’s worth? The vehicle’s odometer says it’s about 105,000 miles, however July of 2018 autocheck says the odometer read 127,704. Did this person falsify this somehow? Thanks, bud, I love what you’re doing.

  68. Hi. Thanks for this article. Very informative. Could you give me any information of concern for —————– ? Thanks. Leaving Google review now.

  69. Jay,

    Something stands out to me here and that is that the last record at 127k miles only reflects that the vehicle was sold at auction. There is nothing about ownership transfers before or after that or anything about a dealer listing it for sale. Did you purchase from a dealer?

    The other thing is that you can have instances where a number here or there is misreported, we’re all human, right? But in this case, you have service records from places like Nissan, Pep Boys, etc after the vehicle hit 107k miles. So, is it possible that many places and the California inspection service messed up the mileage?

    Not a chance!

    Something is definitely wrong there, and after you answer my first question you should probably get the California DMV on the phone and report this. If not, the rollback is a felony, and the blame could be placed on you in the future.

    Be advised: This shouldn’t affect that status of your title as “Clean” because any vehicle over 10 years old is exempt from mileage, meaning the states no longer consider what the car reads as “Written in stone”. That being said, they don’t take likely to people making it up either because that crosses the line from potential faulty equipment to fraud.

  70. Hi! Your video was totally useful, especially the part where you said you ‘rambled’. Don’t worry about that, it was quality stuff. I took your advice and looked up this private party Mazda Miata ————— on iSeeCars and it has been previously sold by OffLeaseOnly, which as you probably know is a dealer with a debatable reputation. Cargurus does say the car has been in an accident, and it has just under 36,000 miles, right before the warranty expires. The current owner is selling because he’s having a child. Can you give me an idea of how serious an accident, or any other information/opinion on the car?

  71. hello steve,

    I am looking at this car and the seller is motivated. the mileage in the picture is 75k. but i don’t know if that is true or not. the VIN is ————. I saw your post in reddit and also love what you are doing! look forward to your reply, thank you very much.

    1. Hey There Jon,

      Seller is motivated huh? That was my first clue! 😀

      There was damage reported back in 2008, but all that is given is that the damage was to the left front, nothing more. If you wish to proceed I would recommend an inspection unless of course you can get a story and verify it yourself, but that’s more of a gamble.

      The bigger problem, however, is that there is a mileage inconsistency in the report. (Went from 50k down to 20k).

      This means that one event was recorded at a certain mileage, and then a later even was recorded showing the vehicle at a lower mileage. That used to be common in older cars with 5 digit odometers but, this shouldn’t happen with a modern vehicle.

      Being that no other mileage was recorded after the drop to 20k, and that the reporting business was Pep Boys, I would be open to the idea that it was a mistake (5 is right next to 2 on a keyboard number pad), however the last event recorded was the issuing of a duplicate title. When this happens the original title is declared null and void and people have been known to do this as part of certain scams.

      One particular scam is securing a loan against a car they own. They give a title over to a lender and then the lender finds out the title they have is no good.

      Is that what’s happening here? Can’t say, I don’t deal in certainties when I’m looking at cars online, I can only say if something is “Flag Worthy”, and this is.

      Damage report with no accident
      Mileage Inconsistency
      Duplicate title issued

      Again, I am not saying something is wrong, I am just saying you have some things to check out if you think the car is worth pursuing.

  72. I am looking at a 2016 Kia soul vin# ————- and was wondering if Carfax shows anything negative, like any major repairs or accidents. Thanks for the advice.

  73. Hi, Hoping you could tell me what you find on a 2012 Prius with VIN # —————. Looking to buy this vehicle, but want to make sure there isn’t a glaring reason not to. Thanks so much!

  74. Hey big man, was just wondering if you can look up this Hyundai Sonata 2009 for me?
    Vin# ———————–
    Nice article by the way and it was really informative. I almost paid $40 on some papers. Jeez I might as well get 4 chipotle bowls. :0 I just wanted to know if there is any accidents with the car, the mileage, and how many owners its had. He reports two but who knows maybe he’s lying. Also I’m a little suspicious on the mileage, I wouldn’t be surprised if he rolled the odometer back. 🙁 Thanks for the article!

  75. Hello! Thank you so much for doing this.
    Here is my VIN : ——————
    Can you please give me CARFAX details on this vehicle? I’m planning on doing some research before really going ahead.

  76. I am trying to find out who owns the car that I was involved in an accident with. They left the scene and I need to know if they are insured or not and their name if possible. Geico is dragging their feet. ——————-

  77. Hi, Looking for more information on VIN ———————. Carfax says no accidents, however, cargurus says there is an accident reported so not sure why there is a discrepancy. Thanks in advance!

  78. I’m looking to purchase VIN ——————— I pulled a free look up which showed me there were no recalls, no accidents (reported);and no records of theft or a branded title. However this report told me there were something like 36 other reports??? I’ve honestly bought two vehicles in my life And this is the first time I’ve thought to look into VIN reports

  79. Hello, I would like a carfax for VIN ——————–.
    I want to be sure the information the seller is telling me is somewhat accurate.
    Thank you!

  80. Can you see the history on this 98 LS 400? ———————- I’m am thinking of purchasing the engine from this car from a local scrapyard and am just interested in any history that may be available on it.

  81. Very helpful information. I think we are all brainwashed to believe that carfax will save us from buying something that is not good. Your article makes several good points and I have seen >30 day old reports posted. I bought a 2014 E350 that was a Mercedes CPO in VA that was a dealer demo. It had a clean carfax. I drove it for a week and got the feeling that something was not right with the car. My wife was looking through the owners manual and found a $12,000 repair bill for a crash. The work was done in their collision department and probably was not reported. Probably why it was not on carfax. I returned the car and got a 100% refund (including sales tax and fees). I think they were just glad I did not try to sue them.
    I am looking at ———— for a summer car. Thankss for writing this article.

  82. Hello! Thank you so much for doing this.
    Here is my VIN : —————
    Can you please give me CARFAX details on this vehicle? I’m planning on doing some research before really going ahead.

  83. Hi, Steve, thanks! I am hoping you might be able to help with a report for; ——————–

    Am considering it and it would be a long-distance deal so i wanted to check more than just the Auto Check the dealer provided before I might make a special trip to test drive it! Really appreciate it if you might see this this weekend! And happy to leave you a Google +Review.

    Thanks so much for any help! Mike in Mich

  84. Hey, great read!!
    I’m looking at this 2012 Ford Focus hatchback. The owner says its a clean title, but I need to be sure. I feel the front has been polished off. Here is the VIN —————–. Let me know

    Thanks for the help!!

    1. Well, the first issue I see is that it was initially a rental. Enterprise had it for 2 years and put 36k miles on it.

      You also then have 3 more owners, so 4 total owners in 7 years, not a good sign.

      If you still want more good news, it has 3 recalls, but I can’t see if they have been fixed. One is for a fuel tank deformation and the other for a transmission control module, possibly serious stuff.

      Whoever has it now is the 4th owner and bought the car just last month. They don’t appear to be a dealer so why would someone without a license be flipping a car?

      I don’t see any damage reported, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen and someone fixed it out of pocket. When it comes to this you have to trust your own eyes over these reports.

      My advice would be to stay away!

      By the way Amer,

      If you ever need to figure out pricing on a car, such as what is high or fair, we can find out what dealers are paying for the car you are looking at. It’s only 20$. Let me know…

  85. Hello, I am interested to buy a Mercedes-Benz, Model C300, make 2015. I do really appreciate getting the history of this car and your recommendation. The VIN is —————-. Your prompt reply is highly appreciated. Thanks.

  86. Hello. I appreciate the help if you can run this VIN: ———————–. The car is located in another state and I am contemplating flying out and purchasing it. You would be doing be a great favor. Thank you.

  87. I am wanting to purchase this used car, but i am worried I will be taken advantage of and end up paying too much for a money pit or straight up lemon. Any info and direction will be greatly appreciated. ————
    I have written and posted a Google review earlier today.
    Thanks in advance.
    S. L. Hood

  88. Hello, Thanks for the awesome info! I was looking for a car located in Calgary, Canada. The VIN no. is:———————. If you could provide me some info on this particular car, that would be of great help. Thanks for your time.

  89. If you really can get me a carfax report for 2002 Honda I have to sell, it’d be great! Mary
    VIN ———————

  90. hello I am trying to find any past service reports on my car I have now it is a 2004 Lincoln TC Sig Series my VIN is ——————– , I Appreciate It!

  91. Hello,

    Hope you can help me find some info/spot red flags on a car I’m interested in buying.
    2004 BMW Z4
    VIN: —————–

    One site it’s listed on (CarGurus) shows an “accident reported” and 7 owners, but the free check tools online I’ve used say “no accidents reported”, and less owners. Very confusing, and based on your personalized details replies, I’m sure you can get to the bottom of this. Thanks!

  92. That was a great read. I’m looking for a new van for my wife and wanted to know if it was worth the drive for this Honda Odyssey VIN 5FNRL38715B021465.
    Thanks for all the help already

  93. hello,great info glad i stumbled here.looking at a nissan murano for daughter vin:
    jn8az08w05w436746 any info appreciated ..thanks

  94. Hi there, thanks for the article. could you help me find information on the car with VIN#5J6RE4H58AL802967

    Nik

  95. I appreciate the freedom to utilize different sources and get a full picture of a vehicles history. I am looking at a potential purchase today. Any info on 1J4GX48S54C06971 that I havent already found would be appreciated. Thank you for your time and service

  96. 5NPD74LF7HH113785T
    This is a great service and very much appreciated. I am looking at used car to purchase for my son who will be graduating from high school in 2 weeks. But I don’t want to buy him a totaled out car, so this service is great for determining this kind of information. Thank you.

  97. Hi,
    Great article. Thanks for posting.
    I recently purchased an older MB 500SEL and although I have a good number of he service records from the prior owner, I am looking for the more complete events, associated mileage, timing of inspections, etc. The vin# is WDBGA51E7PA096103.
    I appreciate any info you can share.
    Thanks
    John

  98. I’m happy to have found your website! I’ve already left a google review simply for the already helpful information I’ve already located on your site. I was hoping you can provide me with some info specific to a 2016 Chevrolet Sonic I’m looking at vin # is 1g1jc5sh4g4105826

  99. I’m looking at a 2001 F250 here’s the vin number 1ftnw21f91eb12092. I’d greatly appreciate any info you might find on it.

  100. Great site! I’ll leave a review as soon as I get out of here. Need a report on VIN#3GCUKREC4JG380251

  101. 1G1PC5SB1E7177195

    Hello, thank you so much for the article, this is my first time.e buying and I want to make sure not to get scammed! I appreciate everything!!!

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