We’ve all been there... you’re searching for a pre-owned car when you come across an awesome deal on what looks like the perfect vehicle. Then you click on the Carfax report only to find that yellow triangle that indicates “accident reported.” Carfax is now offering an online search tool to help filter these cars.
We have already established that CarFax and other vehicle history reports are far from perfect. However, many of us use them as a first line of defense against cars that have been damaged or totaled. But what happens when CarFax doesn't report the information in time? One couple found out the hard way.
When an Oregon man was shopping for a pre-owned Prius, he did what most of us would do and checked the vehicle's history out on CarFax. When the website asked him to enter one of those randomly generated letter/number combos to prevent bots he says he was presented with a racial slur.
You slow down for a red light and the moron behind you is texting. He doesn't stop in time and hits you from behind, not hard, but just enough to damage your bumper. You make a claim with your insurance and pay your deductible. Then you go to trade your car and find out that the accident has cost you in the way of…
Checking the Carfax or any type of vehicle history report is a must for any used car shopper. Opponaut Steve Kuhn breaks down why the Carfax should be your first step, but not your last when inspecting a pre-owned vehicle.
For a fee, Carfax provides history reports of used vehicles to buyers before they buy them. It's a pretty good service. But apparently it's a little too good for some. Carfax has just been hit with a $50 million lawsuit claiming they have a monopoly on vehicle history reports.
Brand new ZL1 Camaros don't usually sell at a discount, but when a Virginia Chevrolet salesman crashed a red 2012 model that had already been sold, his colleague got down to brass tacks with a Camaro fan who wasn't too concerned about fixing a $10,000-plus repair bill.
InstaVin, a new text-message-based accident-history report search system, launched last week. It offers quick information for prospective buyers at a lower cost than CarFax or other competitors. The system is temporarily free, and Jalopnik tried it out.