If you're looking to upgrade to a newer vehicle, you probably want to sell your current car for a good price. A vehicle's Carfax report plays a big role in determining its price. How do you know if your Carfax is up to standard? Keep reading to find out what goes into a Carfax report and what makes for a clean one.

What goes into a Carfax report?

When buying or selling a used vehicle, a Carfax report can make or break a deal. A vehicle's VIN is able to bring up records from different databases, compiling information about the history of the vehicle. Some of the information that you can find using Carfax includes:

Any Damage To the Vehicle

Even if a used car has a polished exterior, you can't be certain that it hasn't been damaged. The Carfax tells you if the car has been in an accident or sustained other damage since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have ever been deployed you'll see a record of that.

Odometer History

Carfax can gather information on the odometer, allowing you to be sure the mileage is accurate. Although it's unlikely, there is a possibility that the mileage could have been altered on an older vehicle with a manual odometer. You wouldn't want to buy a car thinking that the mileage is lower than it really is.

Any Issues With Titling

The title of a vehicle proves ownership, so if it is missing or there are issues with it, that's a red flag. Don't buy from a private seller who can't prove that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"

"Lemon status" means that a dealer has recalled or repurchased the vehicle due to major issues. It's best not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous Owners

It's always smart to find out how many people have owned a vehicle. With a used rental car, for example, you wouldn't have any idea who's been driving it, how much stress they put on the vehicle and how clean they kept it. A vehicle that's been owned by fewer people and had regular maintenance is more likely to be a better investment in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance Records

When a vehicle has been regularly maintained, you should be given or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations and regular checkups performed on it. These records from Carfax can reveal if the car has had problems in the past and whether or not they have been fixed.

Any Warranties Still Valid

Depending on the age of the used vehicle, Carfax will be able to tell you if any warranties are still valid. This is handy since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty.

Model-Specific Safety Information

Carfax should also have crash-test information on the specific make and model of the vehicle. This category also includes safety recalls and other relevant safety information.

A Clean Carfax Report

A clean Carfax report means that there haven't been any serious problems reported. If you have properly maintained your vehicle and avoided major accidents, you should be in the clear when selling it. If you're buying a used vehicle, it's important to consider everything on the Carfax report before you make your final decision.

If you have any questions about the Carfax reports that we offer with our used inventory, please feel free to contact us directly or stop by Hunter Subaru at 2520 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791. As always, we look forward to serving our customers from Hendersonville, NC and throughout Asheville, Fletcher, Brevard, and Arden.