It is $25.00 USD for 30 days of unlimited use. If you are a AAA member go to WWW.AAA.com and it will only cost $20.00 USD. I used Carfax last summer when shopping for my 97 SL500. I ran approx. 15-20 reports and the various cars and the information was great. It really did turn up some serious problems with some of the cars. I would strongly urge to use it. I is a well spent $20.00 to $25.00 bucks.
I have been informed that CAR FAX get its info from Insurance companies. You could take your cat to a body shop, and have them fix it with no record, if you pay direct. There is no legal requirement to report any activity...
ok. i've got to weigh in on this. i purchased in january an unlimited one-month subscription. i was in the market for a w126 chassis benzo and as you know the search takes you far and wide to find a good one given age, mileage, yada. in fact, one month is not enough time to find the right one.
anyway ,,, in the month of january, i must've researched 40+ cars - maybe 50? - and i received a nastygram from carfax questioning whether or not i was using the subscription for personal use or commercial use! i had to sign a statement (which i did) saying that i was using the subscription for only personal use. i was (obviously) indeed using it for only personal use as i was looking for a w126. but my point is they didn't believe me that i was researching for personal use -- which is why - i guess - they limit you to an unlimited monthly subscription to 1x/ 6 mos.
they advertise unlimited use - and whilst they gave me unlimited use - they questioned my behaviour and made me attest to the usage. that angered me slightly as i felt they were questioning my integrity. i told them in my statement - that if they did not believe me - to go look at my history usage and they will see that the research i was doing was primiarily on 86-91 w126 chassis cars (and not all kinds of different makes and models as one might expect if i was using the subscription in a commercial manner). anyway, i wanted to share that with you. i never did buy a w126, by the way!
the information contained in these reports IS helpful and in my experience (40-50 reports as discussed above) 90% complete and accurate. i uncovered things by talking to perspective buyers that were not contained in the carfax report. so -- i think the carfax reports are good and directionally correct - but not an eden of sorts to provide 100% comfort. and to be fair, i don't think carfax ever put themselves out as the end all be all in car history, either.
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