If you've been considering selling your used vehicle or if you're searching for a quality used vehicle to buy, we've got what you're looking for. Here's what you need to know to determine what it takes to have a clean CarFax report and why it's important.

What goes into a CarFax report?

Like it or not, a CarFax report influences a potential sale of a vehicle, either in a good or bad way. The VIN of your vehicle provides information from many different databases, bringing up any possible information about the history of the vehicle. Check out some examples of what you might expect to see from a CarFax report:

Any Damage To the VehicleSeeing a pristine exterior on a used vehicle doesn't guarantee it hasn't sustained damage before. This includes everything from an accident to other damage to the car accrued since it was first manufactured. For example, if the airbags have been deployed you'll see a record of that. You wouldn't want to buy a vehicle that has been in an accident resulting in it being totaled.

Odometer HistoryTo be sure of correct mileage, CarFax can gather previous information on the odometer. If it's an older vehicle with a manual odometer, although unlikely, it is possible that it could have been altered. This becomes a problem because you would think that a vehicle is newer than it actually is.

Any Issues With TitlingThe title of a vehicle demonstrates ownership, so if this is missing or there are issues with it, then it's best to walk away. Don't buy from a private seller who can't demonstrate that they own the vehicle.

"Lemon Status"When a dealer has recalled or repurchased the vehicle because of major issues, this is what's known as "lemon status." It's probably smart not to purchase a vehicle that's been recalled because of the potential future problems it could have.

Records of Previous OwnersIt's good to know how many people have owned a vehicle. With a 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. Fewer owners, especially owners who've kept up with maintenance, signals that it might be a better vehicle in the long run.

Any Service or Maintenance RecordsWhen a vehicle has been properly maintained, you should be supplied with or be able to find a record of oil changes, tire rotations, and regular checkups performed throughout the years. These records from CarFax can provide insight into any issues the vehicle might have experienced in the past and whether or not they have been fixed.

Any Warranties Still ValidDepending on the age of the used vehicle, CarFax should show you if any warranties might still be valid. Since some maintenance might be covered under the warranty, this would be an added bonus of buying a used vehicle.

Model-Specific Safety InformationCarFax should have crash-test information on the particular make and model of the vehicle. Included under this umbrella are safety recalls and other relevant safety information. A potential buyer would want to know this about a vehicle in the event that they ever got into an accident.

A Clean CarFax Report

You know you have a clean CarFax report when there weren't any major issues or red flags reported. You're able to see all of the sale and service history of the vehicle, so if it looks normal, then it's a clean CarFax report. This matters because a car buyer should be able to make as informed a decision as possible when making a purchase as big as a vehicle.

If you're interested in learning more about a clean CarFax report, contact us today, or stop by our dealership at 5701 S Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, MI 48911. We look forward to serving our customers from Lansing, MI, and throughout Williamston and DeWitt!