November 17, 2014

The Importance of a Used Car Vehicle History Report

The Importance of a Used Car Vehicle History Report

When you buy a used car from The KEY, we include a Carfax vehicle history report so you know the exact history of the car you’re buying. But why is it so important to know your car’s history? Does having a report like this really help?

We can say that it absolutely does. Here’s why.

1. Accidents

Cars that have been in accidents can have hidden or unexpected issues that un-crashed cars don’t have. That’s why buying a car that’s been crashed is almost always a risky proposition. No matter how well it was rebuilt after the crash, it could have invisible or secondary damage that compromises its safety. If an accident shows up on the car’s history report, you should ask about what happened and make sure you get the car thoroughly inspected before buying it.

2. Mileage

Even though 100,000 miles is no longer the “end of the line” for modern cars, it’s still good to know the true mileage of the car you’re about to buy. Knowing the mileage can tell you what kind of service to give the car and how often you should do it. It also gives you a good idea of how much wear-and-tear the engine, drivetrain, and other major parts have seen. Make sure you confirm the mileage on the odometer against the mileage on the history report. If there’s a major discrepancy, check it out.

3. Flooding

Even if you live in an area where floods are rare, your new used car could still have water damage. Used cars can end up far away from where they were damaged, making vehicle history reports one of the best ways to determine if cars have flood damage. Flooding can cause huge problems in cars, especially with the sensitive electronics and the car’s intake and exhaust. Always check the history report for records of flood damage.

4. Title Checks

Along with telling you about damages due to accidents or floods, car history reports can give you another invaluable piece of information about your used car: the status of the title. Most cars have “clean” titles, which means the car has never been written off by an insurance company and it has no liens or financial holds against it. However, some used cars are sold with “rebuilt” or “salvage” titles. Rebuilt cars may have been in a major accident requiring body work or new parts. Salvage cars have been written off as a total loss, and are really only good for parts – they usually aren’t safe to drive. Make sure you check the status of the title on the car before you buy it.

5. Maintenance Records

In many cases, vehicle history reports contain a record of what kind of service was done on the car, how often it was performed, and sometimes even who performed the work. This is great information for a buyer to have, as it can tell you a lot about how the car was treated overall and what issues you might expect from it down the line. If you intend to keep your used car for a long time or want it to perform as well as possible, you owe it to yourself to check the maintenance records on the vehicle history report.

One of the best things about shopping for used cars at The KEY is that we offer free Carfax vehicle history reports on every vehicle we sell! We’re always confident in the quality of our cars and we want potential buyers to rest assured that they’re always getting a great deal. Most of our cars are purchased from car rental agencies like Hertz and Enterprise, meaning they’re regularly serviced, well-maintained, and usually only a year or two old. To get the best in Oklahoma City used cars, come to The KEY, OKC’s number one special financing dealership. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more info!