When buying a used car, many people turn to CarFax for history of the vehicle. CarFax reports check for severe accidents, floods, number of owners, mileage, fleet car, total loss, airbags deployed, etc. These reports are generated from the 17 digit vehicle identification number (VIN).
But, how reliable are these reports?
Auto body shops in Bellevue, Nebraska are not required to report to services such as CarFax. While CarFax receives information from more than 34,000 sources, auto body repair shops in Bellevue, NE may not necessarily be on that data source list.
Is there another source for checking the history of my vehicle?
Yes, another would be your insurance company. They have access to a database compiled by other insurance companies when claims have been made. This list is also generated by the VIN.
Keep in mind, auto body repair shops in Bellevue, NE are not required to report damage to either of these sources. By checking both sources, you are still not guaranteed to get the full story on a used car.