UNDERSTANDING A CARFAX / AUTOCHECK REPORTTOTAL LOSS
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.
CARFAX / AUTOCHECK analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
- Rollbacks - odometer tampering to conceal a car's true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
- Rollovers - after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation) / AUTOCHECK cannot determine if it's a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error)
- Inconsistencies - conflicting mileage data means CARFAX / AUTOCHECK
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE *
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody). *
When it is reasonably possible, Zoom Auto Group discloses "Previous Accident" on any car with an Air bag deployed on CARFAX / AUTOCHECK, Severe damage on CARFAX / AUTOCHECK, Any Unibody or Structural announced car at any auction regardless of what CARFAX / AUTOCHECK says.
* Auction announcements of structural damage are in the form of words such as Airbag / Unibody / Frame / Structural based on NAAA Auction Arbitration Rules. This simply means that the car has been in a previous accident and has sustained damage at one time. There is no distinction between a minor dent or a major accident when it comes to the use of these words. Due to Unibody construction, any vehicle that sustains any damage can be considered, even if the accident is as minor as an 1/8 inch-1 inch dent to the body or structure of the vehicle, or something much more serious.
UNDERSTAND THAT A CARFAX / AUTOCHECK REPORT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
CARFAX / AUTOCHECK IS A USEFUL TOOL. HOWEVER, MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT CARFAX / AUTOCHECK HAS NEVER INSPECTED A SINGLE VEHICLE THAT THEY PROVIDE A REPORT ON. ALSO, PLEASE NOTE THAT A CARFAX / AUTOCHECK REPORT CAN CHANGE AFTER YOUR DATE OF PURCHASE. SO, A DECISION BASED SOLELY OFF OF A CARFAX / AUTOCHECK REPORT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. ALWAYS JUDGE THE VEHICLE OF INTEREST ON ITS CURRENT CONDITION, NOT PAST HISTORY.
** Please understand that a CARFAX / AUTOCHECK Report is subject to change at any time without notice. Feel free to have the vehicle of choice inspected by someone you trust if uncertain. CARFAX / AUTOCHECK is a third party vehicle history reporting company, not affiliated with Zoom Auto Group. Zoom Auto Group does not endorse CARFAX / AUTOCHECK, and disclaims any and all liability for any damage, economic or otherwise, which may result from the use or reliance on the information contained in the CARFAX / AUTOCHECK History Reports.