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Old 11-22-2012, 09:50 PM   #11
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My 2002 ZTS had 2 accidents in its life span and neither showed on the carfax. I would always want to see one if buying used but just because it says the car is fine, don't trust it 100%.
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carfax can only show what's been reported... they aren't psychic.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:33 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by markwb View Post
I looked at a used car that had front end collision repair. The CARFAX report did not indicate any collision repair. What led me to be suspicious was the steering wheel not being centered. After close inspection of engine bay revealed new right front fender, new right front headlamp assy, new right front wheel well splash shields etc....
So, I've lost any confidence in CARFAX reports and their accuracy.
I agree 100%

In 2002, I purchased a used 1999 Trans Am. The Carfax showed no accidents reported. However, after modding the car began.....collision damage of the front passenger side was found. If the car is wrecked, then fixed in private with no insurance claim, Carfax will never know about it.

It's not 100% accurate. Carfax is only going to show you reported insurance claims/repairs. Minor stuff will rarely, if ever, show up in the report. At least you know nothing major of the car's structure "should" be damaged with a clean Carfax.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:45 AM   #14
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Thanks for the responses. After looking at the car further I noticed some condensation in the driver headlight. I'm staying away from it! It just makes me worry too that the dealer won't even send it.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:01 PM   #15
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Good eye. If I EVER buy used again I will be just as vigilant. I had bought a used car previously just on looks since I was young and ignorant. Since, I have learned my lesson.

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Old 12-14-2012, 11:51 PM   #16
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The other side of carfax is it can scare you away from aperfectly good car.
If a car was cosmetically damaged ie. keyed, and the fixed properly it could show a large claim, new cars are expensive to fix.

Take Carfax with a grain of salt.

Having said that if the dealer wont give you a carfax, move on
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Carfax and Autocheck are inaccurate. in 2012 I was in an accident in my last car. Rear end collision and the other driver at fault. I reported to my insurance (Mercury) and since I wasn't at fault, had the other guy pay for the damages through his insurance (Also Mercury). Funny thing is I recently ran my VIN to check it's report and guess what I found? Clean title! No accidents reported.......Hmmm, now why wouldn't that accident not be reported? Shady I tell you!

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Old 06-13-2013, 11:05 PM   #18
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20/20 recently did a story on how inaccurate CarFax can be.
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