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Buying a Used Vehicle? Get Your Own Carfax Report—Don’t Rely on the Dealer

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When purchasing a used vehicle, many consumers turn to services like Carfax or AutoCheck to determine whether the car has been involved in an accident, stolen, or had some other issue that would affect its value. As a result, some dealerships will offer to provide the Carfax report to potential buyers of used vehicles. However, consumers should not rely on these reports when making a purchase for several reasons. First, Carfax reports have come under fire in the past for often providing inaccurate or incomplete information. Further, when the report is provided by the dealer, you cannot be absolutely sure that the report is current and accurate and that the vehicle has not been in an accident or damaged.

3 Very Good Reasons You Shouldn’t Rely on a Car Dealer’s Carfax Report

Why should consumers take Carfax reports provided by dealers with a grain of salt? Here are three reasons to consider:

  • The dealer may provide you with an outdated Carfax report. Unfortunately, not all accidents are reported on the Carfax report in a timely manner. If the dealer does not give you the most current report, you are less likely to receive accurate information.
  • The dealer may alter the Carfax report to make the vehicle’s title appear clean.
  • The dealer may not be responsible for the inaccuracies on the Carfax report; however, he may have had reason to believe that the information was false. For example, if the dealer performed work or inspected the vehicle prior to placing it up for sale, he may have discovered obvious signs of an accident and subsequent repair. Another example is where the dealer purchased the vehicle at an auto auction and the accident was announced during that process.

If you were the victim of auto fraud, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. We have helped many clients obtain the compensation they deserve after dealing with dishonest auto dealers. To learn more, we encourage you to view the feedback from our many satisfied clients on our client testimonials page today.

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