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Where can get a valid, real Carfax???

Old 01-06-2019, 01:48 AM
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Default Where can get a valid, real Carfax???

Hi, I was trying to get a vehicle report from some of the vehicle report companies. What a damn scam these things are. I tried Vincheck and that was a joke. Just gave me a report that said..."yes damage check" and didn't give me any info. I tried Carfax and they tried to charge me 99.00 for 6 reports! gee wtf. Anyone used something that is legit?
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:03 AM
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Just buy 1 report from carFax. It's what like $30?
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:05 PM
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Don't rely on Carfax for much insight other than salvage title in history as a 993 is a 20-year-old car that in most cases gets any service and repair from independent shops that don't report their work. A good body shop can identify bodywork easily and a test drive by a Rennlist member who knows how the car should drive and feel is the best indicator of overall condition.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:49 PM
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I have to agree with you.... it is getting very pricey. I have a AAA Premier Card and with that I can get one free CARFAX report each year and my wife (also has a Premier card) can get one too. They also offer Premier members a 40% discount on additional reports. If you have a Classic or Plus AAA card they offer a 20% discount but no free reports.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:38 PM
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CarFax is not ironclad, beware, as has been written here. I had a '94 ZR1 that was smashed in the front, took almost a year to make operational, should have been declared salvage and a total loss. Other party's State Farm paid everything, Portland Police report, my USAA knew about all of this.
And, NOTHING appeared about this on CarFax when it was sold.
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Old 01-06-2019, 03:40 PM
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Don't take carfax as 100% accurate. Had a car I bought with known damage, owner disclosed it and it showed up on the Carfax report. When I went to sell the car 4 years later the date changed and it made it look like the accident happened while I owned it.
Never noticed it as you don't usually run a report on a car you already own.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:30 PM
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I didn't know that. I have the premiere AAA membership. I'll check into this.
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Old 01-06-2019, 05:56 PM
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I was going to say don't believe every thing you read on Carfax.
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Old 01-06-2019, 06:01 PM
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Load the free MyCarFax app on your smartphone. Run the VIN or current plate #. You can get a lot of info for free. May be enough for your purpose, especially for a car to make an easy pass on with accident history (but no detail).
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Old 01-06-2019, 07:07 PM
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Valid? No such thing!

But I did get a CarFax on the 2015 GTS I just bought, more for the fun of it. Other than that, they only provide what they know about.

The car had a mere 101 miles on it and it was CPO'd, so I wasn't too worried.

I did run my Defelsko paint thickness gauge on it and connected my laptop and Durametric to it. All checked out 100%.

Maybe invest in some tools and do your own checks.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:14 PM
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Although they are admittedly imperfect, I always make sure the current carfax is clear before buying a used car.

You do not want to learn it has a bad carfax history X years in the future when you are trying to sell it!
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:02 AM
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Worth it to get both carfax and autocheck. They may miss some things, but better than nothing and obviously do your own inspection and/or have someone who knows what they are doing look at the car. There are very very few cars that have had paint work or damage I canĺt detect.
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:07 PM
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+1 on Carfax AND Autocheck. I looked at a car once that had accident damage reported to Carfax. The Autocheck on the other hand didn't mention that accident but showed a salvage title from a different incident. Called the local DMV and sure enough, the car was marked as a total loss at one point. Both of those together would cost you under $100 and give you a peace of mind.

That said a thorough PPI is a must regardless. I was looking at a white factory non-sunroof 993 a couple of years ago that had no accident damage reported but the PPI revealed major damage to the front that was repaired poorly. Further investigation uncovered that a previous owner paid for the repairs out of pocket and obviously did it on the cheap...
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Old 01-07-2019, 04:14 PM
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PM me the VIN and i can run you an Experian Vehicle check. It pulls the data from the same place as Carfax and autocheck. We use it for insurance claims.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:47 PM
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Car fax can have errors.....not foolproof and can be altered by a dealer
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