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Carfax only tells you if the title is clean...long (archive)

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Posted by Matt on March 02, 2001 at 18:56:21:

In Reply to: not according to carfax posted by JB on March 02, 2001 at 17:52:56:

When a car is damaged less than 25% it still has a "clean" title in most if not all states. But if a car is damaged 20% in 5 different accidents, it still has a clean title even though it has suffered 100% value damage. And 25% is all that is required to have it declared salvage. So checking Carfax is only good if the car has been damaged more than 25% in one accident. Sure it gives some piece of mind but there is no substitute for meticulious inspection.

I'm not saying yor car has been totaled or even hit. It just strikes me that we put so much faith in Carfax when purchasing cars when that is only one line of defense against buying a damaged vehicle. When I am looking for a car I always look for uneven gaps and seams. When a car is hit, things don't fit.

(Sure carfax is also good for odometer readings, ownership, etc...)

Look closer to see if there are other signs of damage and repair. Then, you might rule out an accident as the cause of your problem.

My $0.12

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