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Who do you piloteers believes provide the most detailed/important reports on a vehicle history ?

CarFax.com ?
VinAudit.com ?
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I usually Google the Vin first. If the car was sold at salvage auction it will show up in a Google search. Some of these places will buy them at auction and rebuild/resell quick. I have seen them one month from auction to for sale. Then I use Carfax. I have seen other reports when looking at cars for sale but they were bought by someone else. Don't know if Carfax is better or worse but that is what I have always used.

There is a lot of free information out there but I like the service history stuff you get on a purchased report. If you buy a report don't tell the seller until you make sure that they are being straight with you. I don't know how many times I have asked a seller - Any accidents? No. Well, the CarFax show 3 accidents. Oh yea, I forgot about those because they were minor... Stuff like that makes me walk away in a heartbeat.
 

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Carfax.
I use Vehicle History to start, but it does look like their not giving as much info as they used to. I want to at least know how many owners, if in an accident, if it has been at auction and if the milage has been fiddled with.
 

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Carfax doesn’t show that my 2014 Chevy Silverado got $27,000 in repairs including a full frame replacement in 2016. (I’ve owned it since new). Therefore, I trust no vehicle history reports.
 

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Carfax doesn’t show that my 2014 Chevy Silverado got $27,000 in repairs including a full frame replacement in 2016. (I’ve owned it since new). Therefore, I trust no vehicle history reports.
Who did the work? Was the cause an accident. If so was it reported?
 

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When I sold my previous car to Carmax a few months ago, they asked me lots of questions, like was it in an accident. I answered honestly that it was, because some guy hit me last summer and dented the bumper, fender, a door, and broke a headlight and grill. Damn near totalled it since it was a 10 year old Subaru with 200k miles. But my insurance wanted to fix it, so they towed it to a body shop and repaired it for $4.5k. Seems like something like that would show up on a history check, but Carmax ran a Carfax report on it and said it was clean, with no accidents or service events showing up during the 7 years I owned it (because I did all my own maintenance work). So after that, I don't trust a Carfax report much at all if a major accident involving police reports, insurance companies, and a body shop wouldn't show up a year later.
 

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That's not the fault of CarFax, but the fault of the entities that deal with vehicles and the incidents. If they don't report then CarFax doesn't get the information.
 
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