How Much Does a Carfax Report Cost?
Carfax, Inc. is a web service that supplies consumers a vehicle history report that provides information on the car such as accidents, the owners who have owned the car, flood damage, if it was a lemon, and so much more. Most, if not all potential car buyers, use a CARFAX report when purchasing a used car. Not only does it give the potential buyer an idea on what has happened to the car in the past, it gives the buyer a peace of mind. The cost of a CARFAX report depends on how many you want as well as the car you’re trying to look up and other factors.
How much is it?
- According to Carfax.com, one CARFAX report can be purchased for $34.99. 5 CARFAX reports can be purchased for $44.99. These prices are accurate as of June 27, 2011. Note that the prices can change after this.
- Most dealerships offer the CARFAX report for free. On sites such as Cars.com, you are able to view the dealers that will offer the CARFAX report for no charge. This report will be affiliated with the car that is for sale.
What are the extra costs?
- Each additional reports will cost extra. The more reports that you purchase, the more you’re going to be able to save.
What is going to be included?
- The CARFAX report is going to include items such as the car’s accident history, if there was any mileage rollback, how many owners there have been, if there has been any frame damage, the use of the car in the past (police, lease, etc), if it has been rebuilt, flood damage, if the airbags have been deployed, what the last reported mileage was, if it was junked or state owned at one point, the length of ownership, recall information, and more.
How can I save money?
- Check with dealerships before you purchase a report. Many reputable dealers in the area will purchase a CARFAX report in advance. This report will be available to the public.
- There are other options online that can give you the same information. Services such as AutoCheck are another service to consider when looking for a vehicle history report.
- Check with the local DMV to see what kind of information you can obtain about the car. Smaller charges may apply depending on your state.
- If a dealership will not provide the CARFAX for a car in which you are interested, question the reliability of the car and the dealership.