When it comes time to buy or sell a used vehicle, you'll quickly learn that a Carfax report is absolutely crucial to the process. That being said, many drivers are still unclear about what exactly goes into these helpful reports.

That's why we've made a list of what information you can gather with a Carfax report. We want our customers to stay informed about the car-buying process, so keep reading to learn more!

What goes into a CarFax report?

Carfax reports can make or break a deal. A vehicle's VIN is able to bring up records from various databases, compiling available information about the history of the vehicle. Below is some of the information that you can find using Carfax:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

A nice exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't sustained damage before. This could include anything from an accident to other damage the car has accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been totaled in an accident.

Odometer History

To verify accurate mileage, Carfax can gather information on the vehicle's odometer. If it's an older car with a manual odometer, although unlikely, there is a possibility that it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is less used than it actually is.

Any Issues With Titling

A vehicle's title proves ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, then walking away may be your best option. Don't ever buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

When a dealer has recalled or repurchased a specific vehicle because of major issues, that model gains what's known as a "lemon status." It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a used rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how clean it's been kept. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that the vehicle might be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been maintained on a regular basis, you should be given or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and routine checkups performed throughout the years. These records from Carfax can provide insight into any issues the vehicle might have encountered in the past and whether or not they've been addressed.

Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of a used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under warranty, this could be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety Information

Carfax will likely also have crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella would be safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle for added peace of mind on the road.

A Clean CarFax Report

A clean Carfax report indicates that there haven't been any major issues reported. If you're selling your vehicle and have regularly maintained it without getting involved in any major accidents, you should be in the clear. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the Carfax report before you make your final decision.

If you have any questions about the Carfax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by Morganton Honda at 1600 Burkemont Ave, Morganton, NC 28655. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Morganton, NC, and throughout Hickory, Asheville and Marion.