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JP
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CARFAX vs Others    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-18-2014 23:43
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Hi,

I am planning to buy a used card and I would like to run a CARFAX (or something like that give me details other than thief report and total loss that are for free...).

So I am wondering if there is another service that has better cost benefit according to your use.

Carfax is abour 40 USD for the lower one, and I do found some others in the 10-25 USD range, but I am not quite sure about how effective they would be.

So any useful and good input is highly accepted.

Chris David
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Re: CARFAX vs Others    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-19-2014 10:47
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I've only tried car fax. I wasn't very impressed. Ran a report on my CR-V, which was in a fender bender last year, and it came up clean. I looked at an S2000 which the owner said had been in two accidents, but car fax only reported one.

In each case, the accidents where reported to and paid for by insurance so I don't know why car fax missed them.

For what it's worth, $40 is hardly a lot of money compared to the cost of buying a used car.

6SPDTL
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Re: CARFAX vs Others    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-19-2014 14:32
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+1.
Not perfect, but doesn't hurt. It also doesn't hurt to take it to a known mechanic before purchase. Don't forget the magnet trick or checking for welds under the car either. except for a flooding salvage you can easily detect all other major issue quite easily yourself or with a trusted mechanic. The best source for a used car is obviously a certified used vehicle from a brand dealer. they do all that work for you and you get a warranty

NorCalSales
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Re: CARFAX vs Others    (Score: 1, Normal) 09-19-2014 16:00
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What's the VIN, I can run one for you :)

 
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