How to Read a CARFAX Vehicle History Report



Reading your vehicle’s CARFAX can seem like a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be that overwhelming. Whether it is regarding a sale on CARFAX or any information reported to CARFAX, a CARFAX report is your best friend. Here’s how you can read a CARFAX Vehicle History Report.


1. Vehicle Information

This section is extremely important if you are looking to find the right car that is both in good shape and certified. The ‘vehicle information’ section has the following information:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Model name
  • Trim
  • Make
  • Body style
  • Powertrain
  • License Plate number

Information such as Vehicle Identification Number helps people find a certified pre-owned car. When you can match information such as the license plate number on the car with the one mentioned on the CARFAX search report, you know that you are on the way to find the right car for you.


2. History-Based Value

The history-based value of a car depends on information reported to CARFAX, such as maintenance records, accidents, title concerns, and more. Looking for this value can help you determine if the car dealers are quoting a fair price.


3. Ownership History

The ‘ownership history’ section tells you about who has owned the vehicle in the past and for how long. The information includes:

  • Name and information on all previous owners
  • How long they had the vehicle
  • What the odometer reading was at the beginning and end of the ownership
  • If the car was used for personal or commercial purposes. 

Many car dealers commit odometer fraud and try to trick customers by telling them that the car hasn’t run as many miles. This section can help you legitimize their claims. 


4. Title History

This section gives you information on the following:

  • Accidents
  • Maintenance repairs
  • Defects or rust on the car
  • Water damage

a. Additional History

This section carries in-depth information related to all accidents that the car has gone through. Information such as airbag deployment, dents to the body’s panels, bust tires, and more are usually hidden by car dealers to make a quick sale. However, this section can help you buy a certified car.


b. Detailed History

This last section provides a chronological timeline of every event related to the car in excruciating detail. From the first presale assessment done on the car to a major accident it was in, to the last emissions report, this section mentions it all.


If you live near Bethlehem, Emmaus, or Allentown, you can get a CARFAX report for any Nissan vehicle by visiting the Kelly Nissan dealership in Easton, PA.

Source: Nissan