Here’s a quote that may give you pause: “A Carfax report showing that a vehicle has not been in an accident cannot be relied upon, and don’t expect Carfax or a dealer to tell you that.”
Bob Kraft, a Texas personal injury attorney, friend of mine, and author of the blog P.I.S.S.D. (Personal Injury, Social Security Disability) alerted me to a BIG problem with Carfax reports.
If you’re not familiar with Carfax, it is a service that implies it can alert you to ANY bad history about a car you may be planning to buy. With a VIN number, Carfax checks its national database to put together a vehicle history report. Using Carfax, you should be able to discover if a vehicle has been in an accident or wrecked.
So what’s wrong with Carfax?
As we learn from these blog posts, Carfax is NOT totally reliable.
The quote is from a post by Oklahoma attorney Louis M. Green, The Trouble with Carfax. Louis writes about how Carfax has created the perception that their information is 100% complete. That isn’t the reality, however.
Carfax is only as accurate as the information reported to it. Negative information about vehicles does turn up on Carfax reports, but, unfortunately, Carfax does not always receive all of the information available.
Check out Bob’s blog and the original post.
Thanks for reading, Jim
James B. Reed, Esq.
Personal Injury & Malpractice Attorney
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William St., Elmira, NY 14902
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