What to Look for in a Carfax Report

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What to Look for in a Carfax Report

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There are a lot of great reasons to buy a used car rather than a new car. Buying a used car can save you a great deal of money. When you purchase a new car, the value of your new vehicle drops dramatically the second you drive it off the lot. However, a used car does not depreciate as quickly.

Buying a used car doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with a rundown vehicle. There are plenty of used cars on the market that have very low mileage, tons of desirable amenities, and that are a fraction of the price of their new counterparts. But despite all the benefits there are to buying a pre-owned car, some people are still wary about going used. This is completely understandable, and the truth is that there are some special considerations that you need to make when you’re purchasing a used vehicle.

When you find a great used car, you may be reluctant to buy it because you’re unsure of its history. One way that you may be able to get a little peace of mind before you purchase is to order a Carfax Report. A Carfax isn’t terribly expensive and is filled with all sorts of useful information that can help you decide whether or not you should buy the car or truck you’re looking at.

When you browse through a Carfax Report, you can read through all of that particular vehicle’s documented history. For example, a Carfax will tell you whether or not a vehicle has been in a serious accident. If the vehicle you’re thinking of purchasing has required major repairs in the past, you may want to think twice about buying it. The vehicle may look perfectly fine on the outside, but there could be some underlying issues with the car still lingering from a previous accident.

Another factor you want to consider from your Carfax report is how many times and how often your prospective new car has changed owners. If a vehicle has a history of changing owners frequently, you should ask yourself why. Typically, the reason is that the car requires some sort of pricey repair. The previous owners did not want to go through the expense so they sold the vehicle off instead.

Finally, take a look at the sections of your Carfax report that have to do with services and testing. A Carfax report should tell you whether or not a vehicle has recently passed or failed an emissions test. If you see that the car has failed multiple emissions tests in the past, this should be considered a red flag. In some cases, there will also be a record of scheduled maintenance that was performed on a vehicle, however, this depends on where the previous owners had those services done.

If you’re looking for a great used vehicle that you can count on to have a clean history, come into Credit Country Auto Sales. We carry the largest selection of high-quality used vehicles at some of the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere in town.