|Data source||Types of data provided to CARFAX||How the data can help you make a better used car buying decision|
|Fire departments||Fire damage reports from across the U.S.||Identify vehicles damaged in fire incidents|
How does damage get reported to Carfax?
According to their website, they obtain information from over 92,000 data sources including state DMV’s, repair facilities, insurance companies, warranty companies, police departments, and auctions, etc. What they don’t tell you in their commercials is that not all accidents will show up in a CARFAX report.
Do body shops report damage to Carfax?
As mentioned earlier, auto body shops—primarily collision repair centers—can report to CARFAX. Not every auto body shop is going to opt into contacting CARFAX to update information about your vehicle.
Will a fender bender show up on Carfax?
That fender-bender won’t show up on a Carfax Vehicle History Report because there is no official record. … Any accident will reduce a used vehicle’s resale value, partly because it can be difficult to tell how severe the damage was.
How long does it take for damage to show up on Carfax?
One issue is some cars are repaired and put up for sale so fast, they can beat Carfax to the update, as it typically takes about 90 days for an accident to show up in state records. So even a car with a clean Carfax can sometimes end up showing an accident history 6 months later.
Do small accidents get reported to Carfax?
No. Repairs are reported, not accidents. Only repairs reported by certain body shops or insurance companies are known to Carfax. There is no universal reporting.
Do all accidents get reported to Carfax?
Yes. If an accident has been reported to CARFAX it will be included in the CARFAX Vehicle History Report. … However, we do not have all accidents as many have never been reported, or may only have been reported to a source to which CARFAX does not have access.
How do I avoid accident reports to Carfax?
There’s no way to prevent the incident going on Carfax if a police report was filed. Here’s what you need to do: Keep EVERY piece of information. Take photos before and after the repair, documenting how minor the incident was. Fight misinformation, or lack of information, with information.
What does severe damage mean on Carfax?
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Does a car lose value after an accident?
Your vehicle will first lose value immediately after an accident and before any repairs are done. If you fail to make repairs or the repairs are low quality, your vehicle’s value will also suffer. However, even if you have your car fully repaired after a crash, it will still lose value.
Is a fender bender considered an accident?
Yes, a fender bender counts as an accident for insurance purposes. Most insurance policies require drivers to report any accident, including fender benders, and an at-fault fender bender will usually disqualify you from your insurer’s safe driver or good driver discount.