CarFax and Autocheck?
In a nutshell, a Car Fax /Autocheck is a vehicle history report sourced by the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). Users can see mileage reports, salvage titles and accident history that is reported. Other information might also include the number of previous owners or where the vehicle came from.
This is a great shopping tool for pre-owned vehicles, allowing you to compare vehicles. Say there are two vehicles for sale but you can’t choose between the two. One may have been in an accident, but you would never be able to tell from looking at it. The reports allow you to make a better-informed decision on the vehicles in question. Be aware, though, that the reports are only as good as the information that has been reported. Accidents are not always reported or there could be a delay on the relay of information. Reputable auto dealers inspect vehicles through the shop and on Car Fax/Autocheck before they hit the lot for sale.
Is there a difference between CarFax and Autocheck?
Essentially, Autocheck has a system in place to track auction vehicles allowing more information available for scoring. Autocheck are also the only ones that offer this scoring system.
“The AutoCheck Score is rated on a scale of 1 to 100, where a higher score equals less risk. Also included in the Score is the Score Range, which will tell you how the vehicle compares to other similar vehicles. The Score is based on many factors, including the vehicle’s age, mileage and number of owners.” 2
True market value is more accurate thanks to the reports. Whilst CarFax and Autocheck both offer great information, Autocheck does offer a little more information. Fremont Motors uses Autocheck for every pre-owned vehicle and the reports are available for you to look at.
Have CarFax/Autocheck reports ever helped you decide on or against a vehicle?
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Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. She has driven hundreds of vehicles, not only new cars but beaters without heaters, fast cars on fire, slow cars in snow, off-road trucks in the mucks, and old pickups with pups. She’s driven heaps of Jeeps, miles in muscle and once took her gran in a car from Japan.