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Old December 28th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #1
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looking at a truck tomorrow I'm pretty hopeful about. I suspect it MIGHT have been wrecked (the bed is not original)

is the 35 bux for a car fax worth it? I have never done one before and I'm not sure what all it gives you.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #2
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if its anything like the free one they were offering i wouldnt spend 35 bucks for it. ive found unless it was fixed at a dealer it wouldnt be on the report. if they buyer is serious about selling it have him pay for it to prove its clean. would also be a good thing to have for other interested parties.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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Nope, I ran my Samurai through it and it said it had a clean record. However the previous owner was killed in it when it rolled over in the U.P. during a snowstorm.

I've also seen others that haven't picked up stuff either. Carfax is a dealer network that has to be reported into by the dealerships and therefore lots of stuff can be missed.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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sometimes yes, sometimes no.

I totaled my car last spring. The insurance company let me keep it with a clear title. I could have fixed it and nobody would have known.

I'd say if you're seriously looking for a car and will be looking at a few of them, then the monthly unlimited would be worth it.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 02:33 AM   #5
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Nope, I ran my Samurai through it and it said it had a clean record. However the previous owner was killed in it when it rolled over in the U.P. during a snowstorm.
Not for me! I don't like vehicles or machines like that. My buddy had a friend building up a bike with a Buell Lightning motor from a fatal accident... I didn't even like standing next to it.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 02:49 AM   #6
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For how inexpensive it is it's not a bad idea. A couple years ago I went to look at a car it looked good was going to make an offer for shits I ran a carfax. Come to find out it was originally from the states brought over to canada where it was totaled, rebuilt, then brought back to MI but somehow had a green title. Like others said a lot can go under so maybe bring someone else along to help look for things you might overlook as I'm sure we've all overlooked something on a vehicle we really like.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 03:40 AM   #7
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Carfax helped me with a decision to buy a vehicle once. I think it is worth it. Carfox however, only makes me giggle like a little girl.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 04:43 AM   #8
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The truck I just bought had a carfax report and it showed an accident last year and then a month later it showed what was fixed. The accident description was pretty vague though. Showed me all the work that was done at dealerships since new.

Stuff takes about 6 months or more to show up on the report though.
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depends on how the accident was handled, when i was in high school i had an s-10 and ended up hitting a suburban in the winter. (break pedal hit the floor, in turn not stopping in time) and police saw it happen so they did a report, of course i was issued a ticket for failure to stop in safe and sure distance or something, when i pulled up the free carfax thing a year later it had all the times the plates had been renewed, 2 previous title transfers, and it said vehicle was in a minor front end collision. I had PLPD on the truck so i never claimed it i just fixed it. it did nothing to the suburban so he didnt claim anything. Sorry for the novel just one of my previous carfax finds.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 04:56 AM   #10
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x2. I bet if you post up a vin, someone on here with an unlimited carfax subscription would be happy to run it for you for free.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #11
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My favorite is the occasional newbie who signs up, and post 3 or 4 times asking only for a carfax report.

That actually drives me a bit nutty. I wanna kick them in the throat for doing that.
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Old December 29th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #12
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yes carfox is the way to go!...........that guy is great
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Old December 29th, 2009, 07:21 PM   #13
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My favorite is the occasional newbie who signs up, and post 3 or 4 times asking only for a carfax report.

That actually drives me a bit nutty. I wanna kick them in the throat for doing that.
yeah I didn't want to ask for anyone to run it, I don't have a problem spending a little in order to spend on a lot. I just never have seen a report so I didn't know if it was worth it.

it is however taken care of now I think, thanks for everyone's input.
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