I was watching 20/20 on tv last night. They were featuring the car fax reports that every person (the smart ones) request before deciding to buy a car. If you are like me, you assume that these car fax’s from www.carfax.com report contain:
ALL accidents a vehicle has been in
- ALL previously reported mechanical issues
- ALL frame and structural damage
Here is the truth, Carfax gets the information for the “carfax reports” from a national database. The commercials give you the impression that if the report says “accident free” then the buyer can rest assured that the car has not been in an accident. When the head of carfax was interviewed on 20/20 he admitted that Carfax does not claim to know everything about a car. The show actually found a vehicle at a car dealership that had a clear fax. However, upon further investigation, 20/20 discovered a police report stating the car had been in a double wreck, sandwiched in between two other cars! The show then took this information to the dealership of this car and asked the salesman why he was presenting the car as having never been wrecked. His answer was that they were supposed to go off of what the carfax says.
POINT : be extremely careful when buying a car. ALWAYS get it checked out by a mechanic. A clear carfax is good but it should not be the final word on the decision to buy. Clearly, it’s possible that for whatever reason, the carfax may not contain all of the past information about a car.