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Buying A Car With No Service History

Buying A Car With No Service History

When people use the Autohitch Car Concierge Service, one of the first questions usually asked is:  Can you tell me the Service History of the vehicle, please? 

And, like the diligent service providers we are, we will do just that, but what if the car has no service records? Does that really count as a negative toward buying any particular Used Vehicle?

The Truth Is: No!

Vehicle Service History (The Unknown)

Seeing a detailed and lengthy service history on a Carfax Report, or an Autocheck Report, does comfort the average car buyer (I know), but the fact is that seeing no vehicle history shouldn’t scare you either. 

The truth of the matter is that most mechanics, body shops, and even large dealer service centers simply don’t report their work.

Think about it:  As busy as these shops are, how many man hours do they want to pay out simply to have someone report what they have done a second time?

After All,

What value to the dealership is having a full service history on a vehicle?  If they need records, they can pull them up in their own computer at any time.  You selling your car to someone else is absolutely of no concern to them, however, their bottom line is.

Accidents And Damage- Car Service History

Another reality is that a lot of minor damage to vehicles often goes unreported, mainly because they’re just the result of single car accidents, meaning:  They didn’t get into a typical car accident involving another party that would require a police report.


Who would want to report an accident to an insurance company?  On top of a deductible, who knows how much higher monthly insurance rates would cost you from admitting you drove recklessly.  So, it only makes sense to pay for the repairs out of pocket at a local shop who wouldn’t dare tell a soul.

The Bottom Line:

With no Police report and no insurance claim, who exactly would be reporting the incident/damage?  

Conclusion On Buying Cars With No Service History

If I see lengthy service records, I tell buyers that it’s a good thing.  When I see no service records, I tell buyers it means nothing.  

What I Tell Every Buyer:

Order a pre-purchase vehicle inspection!  It’s the only way (ONLY WAY) to know the true condition of the car you want to buy, as it sits today.  If you would like any more advice on this subject, please feel free to reach out to us in the comment section below, and thank you for being our guest today!

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Steve Momot - Author

Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.


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