Of course CarFax is not going to have information nobody has reported. But, if serviced by dealers, repaired by a body shop or a collision turned into insurance, it will most likely be on the report.
When I bought my 08 GXP last year from across the country, sight unseen, I pulled a CarFax. It showed everything from pre delivery inspection, initial title registration, every license renewal, every service (at a dealer), and the ignition lock recall replacement.
Sure it is not the total information wanted, and not the only thing to rely on, but it is one tool in your arsenal when shopping for a vehicle.
Talking to the owner, listening to what he says about the car, his attitude, how he answers questions and his demeanor will reveal a lot of information. You have to be able to read between the lines. And, you have to be able to listen to the seller and determine if he is honest or not.
The CarFax will let you know which dealer serviced the car. Then you can call the dealers Service Dept. and they can look up clients service records which they may or may not reveal. If the service department will not reveal clients info, permission can be obtained from the owner. An honest owner will be forthcoming and not hesitate releasing the Service Dept. records to make a sale.
The physical inspection will reveal the rest of the story.
My GXP is not the only thing I've purchased unseen. I've purchased cars, RV's, fairly expensive items from eBay and Craig's list and back in 1990 bought a 34 foot boat located in Connecticut from the original owner without ever seeing it. I live in Washington State.
Buying from original owners is the only way to purchase things like cars and boats especially if you can not inspect them first. Unless Im shopping for a new vehicle, I avoid dealers. Even if they are honest, the dealer has no knowledge about the car except for their pre trade in inspection and whatever the previous owner told them. And even if the previous owner tells the dealer everything about the car, the salesperson will not know anything and the dealer forgot everything.
Wow! Got carried away. Sorry for the long reply. And maybe in the wrong thread.
Last edited by syjos; 04-20-2017 at 09:04 AM.