Car Buying Service | Florida | Autohitch

How Do I Get A Carfax For Free?

Free-Carfax-Report

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 me the Vin Number (Vehicle Identification Number) on any vehicle you are looking to buy, I will be able to tell you (IN DEPTH) 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.

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:
 
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
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.
    • 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.

.

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 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 send 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 🙂
 
 

Post Comments (Scroll Down To Comment)

34 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.

  2. Hi Mike,

    Love the article. Good read. Would you be able to give me the vehicle history of this VIN? 1HGEM21542L001168 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 1G1BE5SM2H7208786. 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#1J4GW68N6XC743989. 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, 1G1YE2DW7D5102878. 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 JHMGD37668S018144. 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: SHSRD778X6U423543 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:
    YS3AL75L4M7020510 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 1FADP5BUXDL526480. 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 5XYKT3A6XDG418151. 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 # 5NPEC4AC5BH085422 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *