Buying a vehicle? Carfax vs. Autocheck

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  1. 3timesoccermom

    3timesoccermom The Original Dinner Guru

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    Once again I am looking for a used vehicle, this time for our youngest daughter (and let me tell you I hope this is the LAST time I have to do this for a very long time!!!). I always purchase one of the VIN check report options and have used both Carfax and Autocheck to allow me to research unlimited VINs for a period of 30 days or so (Carfax's terms may have changed recently from my last purchase.)

    Neither Carfax or Autocheck is cheap, but relatively speaking it's a small price to pay to help you learn as much as you can about the vehicle you are thinking of purchasing. You might be surprised at what you find on these reports; there are lots and lots of dishonest people/dealers out there that don't give a rat's rear about you or your kid and whether the vehicle is safe or not. They just want the $$.

    I have also purchased from companies that sell VIN checks individually for 1 or 2 dollars. If you have your search narrowed down to 1 or 2 vehicles these are a good deal.

    I find that Carfax reports are more thorough than Autocheck but they do cost more. Neither of these is an absolute guarantee that your vehicle has no problems but they can help you weed out questionable things that can be a deal-breaker for you.

    After previously purchasing Autocheck reports, the first time I used Carfax I ran the VINs on all our vehicles to see if there were differences reported (there were) and found Carfax reports always have more info than Autocheck. That is how I found out my own vehicle had been wrecked before we bought it. Autocheck missed it and guess what, the dealer "forgot" to mention that! Imagine that.

    You will find ads or sites that say "free VIN check." These will get you info that simply states that the VIN you give is for a 2012 Chevy 1500 (or whatever) but you won't get anything more for free. (At least not that I have found in my many hours spent on these the past few years. If you know of something that does do that for free please, share and I will happily admit being wrong!!)

    If you are looking to purchase from a dealer many buy the reports in bulk so ask them for a copy and that will save you a few bucks.

    Just sharing in hopes this helps someone else! If anyone can add to this please do so.


    Both Carfax and Autocheck show samples of the info you'll get on a report. Read the fine print!

    CARFAX

    AutoCheck Vehicle History Reports Homepage - A Part of Experian.
     
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  2. katieyj

    katieyj Well-Known Member

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    Re: ~ Buying a vehicle? Carfax vs. Autocheck

    [MENTION=207859]3timesoccermom[/MENTION], when I was looking I went to one dealership that told me it was too much money for them to use either. Then he went into the computer and tried to show me it didn't even work. Luckily I knew that he was using the website used to sell the product. This guy was obviously uninformed (being nice here, I really think he was a crook). That being said, if I were buying from a dealer and they didn't offer either, I'd be very very skeptical of purchasing there. Of course, if you are buying from an individual, you would want to run your own report. I'm not sure which I would go with, but I'd definitely run one of them. Good luck!

    Boy oh boy, the things we go through for our kids, huh :wink7:
     
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    katieyj Well-Known Member

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    [MENTION=207859]3timesoccermom[/MENTION], when I was looking I went to one dealership that told me it was too much money for them to use either. Then he went into the computer and tried to show me it didn't even work. Luckily I knew that he was using the website used to sell the product. This guy was obviously uninformed (being nice here, I really think he was a crook). That being said, if I were buying from a dealer and they didn't offer either, I'd be very very skeptical of purchasing there. Of course, if you are buying from an individual, you would want to run your own report. I'm not sure which I would go with, but I'd definitely run one of them. Good luck!

    Boy oh boy, the things we go through for our kids, huh :wink7:
     
  4. katieyj

    katieyj Well-Known Member

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    Re: ~ Buying a vehicle? Carfax vs. Autocheck

    [MENTION=207859]3timesoccermom[/MENTION], when I was looking I went to one dealership that told me it was too much money for them to use either. Then he went into the computer and tried to show me it didn't even work. Luckily I knew that he was using the website used to sell the product. This guy was obviously uninformed (being nice here, I really think he was a crook). That being said, if I were buying from a dealer and they didn't offer either, I'd be very very skeptical of purchasing there. Of course, if you are buying from an individual, you would want to run your own report. I'm not sure which I would go with, but I'd definitely run one of them. Good luck!

    Boy oh boy, the things we go through for our kids, huh :wink7:
     
  5. 3timesoccermom

    3timesoccermom The Original Dinner Guru

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    You are NOT kidding Katie!

    We really, really try not to go with a dealer but have a couple of times. Hubs gets so mad when he goes to look at a vehicle and they start the sales schtick - he'll just turn around, walk off, get in his truck and leave. I tell him - it's their job. I don't know what he expects! :dontknow1: But it's not one either of us could do.

     

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