Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by DUKE, Jan 27, 2009.
Hi, Does anyone has access to or knows how to do a carfax search? Any help is appriciated. Thanks.
It appears Carfax is kind of useless - did you see the W5 documentary about it? If you're using it, remember not everything may appear on it - some accidents and other information may take years to appear.
I just came here to post this. I think I watched that same documentary. Was that the one where the young guy bought the white X-Terra that ended up having frame damage? I guess their competitor databases were more reliable. The executive they interviewed from Carfax was a real toolbag.
That's the one.
I wish I knew what competitors they got the right information from, because they seemed really good.
Nothing is a substitute for really checking out the car and getting it up on a lift. Even though I really know what I'm doing around cars (turbo engine swap done in the garage at home ftw) I still paid a friendly mechanic $50 to take a look at the car I eventually bought first.
Aw I will be doing that for sure. Car will go to the Mercedes dealer and get checked out. I told the people that I will pay for the check up.
Should I take it to the dealer or somewhere else. Car has new safety inspection (which doesn't mean much)
CarProof is more thorough for Canadian vehicles anyway.
Does anyone has an account so I don't have to spend $40 bucks Will pay in beer.
You're right, the safety doesn't mean shit. Unless you have someone that you know and trust at the dealership, I wouldn't go there.
Remember bodywork expensive, engine work (by comparison) cheap!
I checked a car with a rebuilt title... showed up as clean on carfax. I promptly got a refund.
It was on CBC Marketplace - watch it here.
Don't PM Boots...
I have access to a carproof account. PM me your vin, I'll see if I can run one tomorrow for you.
Carfax is useless, we took in a Civic, carfax came back clean, Carproof showed it was a rebuild title.
Hey I thanks for that. I will PM you the VIN tomorrow when the owner emails it to me. I forgot to write it down today.
I'll PM you with an email address, I dont have access to RC at work.
plus rep for 17. Thanks buddy.
Carfax is good for general assments, but don't rely on Carfax soley to see if the car is clean or not.
Ah, I knew it was one of those!
Ok, I talked to Mercedes dealership and the inspection will be around $250 so I am now looking for mechanics I can trust to take a look at the car? Anyone who can refer me to an honest mechanic?
I need a car proof done ASAP. If someone can have one done PLEASE message me and I'll supply the VIN.
Sorry for the thread jack, I just figured a new thread wasn't necessary.