Do You Have a Clean CarFax? | Sebring FL | Near Avon Park, Lake Placid & Lake Wales, FL

If you're looking to buy or sell a used vehicle, we've got the information you need. There are several factors to consider, and one of the main ones is whether or not your vehicle has a clean CarFax report. That's why we've included this list of things that influence a CarFax report, so you know a little more about the process.

What goes into a CarFax report?

If you want to sell your vehicle or if you're looking to buy a used vehicle, a CarFax report makes all the difference in a sale. Your vehicle's VIN is able to bring up records from various databases, compiling any information available about the history of the vehicle. Here is some of the information that you can find using CarFax:

Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing a refined exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't been damaged before. This could include anything from accidents to other damage to the car accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have been deployed you can see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled in an accident.

Odometer HistoryTo be sure that mileage information is accurate, CarFax can gather history on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although not likely, it is possible that it could have been tampered with. This becomes a problem because you would be lead to believe that a vehicle is newer than it actually is.

Any Issues With TitlingA vehicle's title shows ownership, so if this is missing or there are issues with it, then it's best to walk away. Don't buy from a private seller who can't demonstrate that they actually own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a vehicle because of major flaws, that vehicle is given what's known as "lemon status." It's probably best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled due to potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous OwnersIt's good to know how many people have owned a vehicle before you buy it. With a rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea of who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle or how clean they kept it. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with routine maintenance, signals that it might be a better vehicle in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been properly maintained, you should be supplied with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from CarFax can give insight into any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been fixed.

Any Warranties Still ValidDepending on the age of the used vehicle, CarFax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this could be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety InformationCarFax should have crash-test information on the vehicle's specific make and model. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle in the event that they ever got into an accident.

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean CarFax report means that no major problems have been reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have properly maintained it without getting into any major accidents, you should be in the clear. Additionally, if you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on its CarFax report before you make your final decision.

If you’d like to learn more about the CarFax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by Alan Jay Toyota at 400 U.S. Highway 27 N, Sebring, FL 33870. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Sebring, FL, and throughout Avon Park, Lake Placid and Lake Wales, FL.

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