This www.accuratecars.com blog post is the second in a series of used car buying tips, that you can easily perform in conjunction with the internet, when shopping for Honda used cars and Acura used cars. The next several used car buying tips will cover researching vehicle history and the use of Carfax and AutoCheck title history reports.
Our first tip covered the importance of always referencing the vehicle identification number (commonly referred to as the VIN or serial number), when considering a Honda or Acura pre-owned unit that is advertised online. This is the first step, because without a VIN, a consumer cannot reference a title history report on a particular vehicle. The direct link to the first used car buying tip is: http://accuratecars.com/blog/2009/11/03/tips-on-buying-a-honda-or-acura-used-car/
TIP #2 Reference Carfax for Possible Vehicle Service History
Because of identity theft, most consumers put a high regard in protecting their personal information that includes addresses, phone numbers, and credit / debit card receipts. For this reason, it is unlikely that printed service records and receipts will be left in the glove box of used Honda cars and Acura used cars that are for sale in the Nashville area in Middle Tennessee. But, one possible source for vehicle service history may actually be the Carfax title history report.
EXAMPLE: A few weeks ago, our dealership purchased this 2005 Acura TL from a South Florida Acura dealer. This particular Acura TL had over 114,000 miles on it but it was in very good shape
We put a great emphisis on the extensive service history that was recorded on the Carfax Report before our inventory purchaser acquired this unit.
Like Geico Insurance Company; Carfax has spent a small fortune in strategically marketing themselves. Carfax is probably the most recognized source for title history reports. Their reports include the following information:
- How the vehicle was previously registered ( as a personal vehicle, rental or a lease )
- What state (s) the vehicle was titled in.
- If the vehicle’s VIN shows up on any police records. These records including police reports that were written due to vandalism, which has been known to inaccurately show up on a Carfax Report as accident history.)
In addition, the Carfax report may show previous maintenance history on the vehicle. This is a fairly new feature on the Carfax title history report. If you are researching a vehicle that does not have service history recorded on the Carfax report, don’t be alarmed. There is a limited number of repair and maintenance facilities that use a DMS (Dealer Management System) that Carfax accepts for this exchange of maintenance data. Currently the DMS list is made up of only ten possibilities and some of these are very expensive billing systems. So you may find that while some of the most expensive franchised dealership service departments will likely have these DMS tools; some smaller repair / service facilities (that closely watch their overhead, to save their customers additional money on vehicle maintenance) may not have these particular accounting tools that electronically link to Carfax.
At Accurate, we specialize in the sales, service, and repair of Honda and Acura automobiles, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Come in and see why www.accuratecars.com is the best place in Nashville and Middle TN to purchase and service your Acura and Honda vehicles. Always expect certified quality Honda and Acura pre-owned units from our facility.