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  • Stever@Edmunds 04/20/09 10:35 am PST

    The records check just tells you how many records that Carfax has on your vehicle. You have to pay to see those records. If no records show up, there's no use buying a report.

    If you are shopping cars at a dealer, ask them to show you the Carfax - most dealers have a subscription to the service.

  • MrShift@Edmunds 04/20/09 10:36 am PST

    It's not a free service.


  • isellhondas 04/20/09 3:23 pm PST

    Nothing is ever free. You have to pay for those reports.

    And they try to scare you..." SIX EVENTS FOUND!"

    So you pay only to find our that these "events" were smog checks or yearly licensing.

    And these aren't foolproof either. Just something to look at.

  • h_on_the_front 05/29/09 4:09 pm PST

    If you ever want a CarFax on a vehicle that you are trying to purchase from a dealer just ask them for one and 99% of the time they will give you one, no problem, and if they try to hassle just tell them that it is a very important thing you would like to see before any cara purchase is made, most of the time they will give it to you, and if they are hesitant and don't want to give you one, you probably should look at that vehicle because it probably has some red flags on the car fax.

    Source: I sell cars.

  • drew202 05/13/13 10:32 am PST

    There are no free carfax report. I'm just thankful there are alternatives now. I bumped into vinaudit.com and paid $4.99 for a single report.


  • Stever@Edmunds 05/13/13 10:55 am PST

    Good point - there must be 8 or 10 similar services out there.

    Which Vehicle History Report Is Right for You?

    If you are buying a new or used car, ask the seller to provide you with a report. Most dealers subscribe to a service and it's just good marketing for a private seller to make one available.



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