CarFax Report 101: What You Should Know About Vehicle History Reports

2021 Jeep Compass | Woodbridge, VA

Whether you’ve seen the “Show me the CarFax!” commercials or have simply heard people mention CarFax® near the water cooler at work, you may be wondering what it is and how the service works. Simply stated, a CarFax® report provides a view of your vehicle’s past.

The CarFax® website says, “Each report contains information about whether the car in question has been in an accident, has any open recalls, previous owners, service history and much, much more.” Basically, when you are buying a used vehicle, a CarFax® report will let you know exactly what you’re getting into. CarFax® has been a trusted source of this information since 1981 because its database contains info from over 100,000 domestic and international sources.

Some of these sources include insurance companies, auction houses, licensing bureaus, and police departments. From these entities, CarFax® can create a history of a vehicle. Beyond the major concerns buyers have, like accidents and recalls, a vehicle history report can also let you know if the vehicle was ever used by a business, how many past owners it has had, and its emission inspection statuses.

All of our pre-owned vehicles at Lustine Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram come with a CarFax® report for full transparency. If you would like to know more about how we acquire these reports or if you’d like to test-drive any of the vehicles in our used inventory, contact us or visit our team at 14211 Jefferson Davis Highway in Woodbridge, Virginia.

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