Clean Carfax Report in Easley, SC

When you're ready to upgrade your ride to something a little newer, you probably want to get plenty of value out of your current vehicle when you sell it. But what exactly determines the value of your car? Well, many factors come into play, but one of the main ones would be its Carfax report. Keep reading to learn more about what your vehicle's Carfax may look like.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Whether you're selling or buying a used vehicle, a Carfax report can make or break a deal. That vehicle's VIN is able to bring up records from various databases, compiling information about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information that you can find using Carfax:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

A polished exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't sustained any damage before. This includes anything from an accident to other damage the car has accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled before.

Odometer History

To ensure accurate mileage, Carfax can gather information on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although not likely, there is still a possibility that it could have been altered. This would be problematic because you would think that a vehicle is less used than it actually is.

Any Issues With Titling

The title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, then just walking away may be your best option. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a vehicle because of major issues, that vehicle gains what's known as a "lemon status." It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a used rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been regularly maintained, you should be supplied with or be able to find records of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from Carfax can provide insight into any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been addressed.

Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of the vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying certain used vehicles.

Model-Specific Safety Information

Carfax should also provide crash-test information on the specific make and model you're looking at. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle for peace of mind on the road.

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean Carfax report means that there haven't been any serious issues reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting into any major accidents, you should be in the clear. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the Carfax report before you make your final decision.

If you have any questions about the Carfax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by McKinney Mazda at 4544 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Easley SC, and throughout Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson.