Do some simple research before buying your used Chevrolet to make sure that you are getting a model that is in good condition and exactly as advertised. In addition to researching the make and model for reliability and recalls, you should also use the VIN to get a vehicle history report from a website like CARFAX. This report will let you know the overall condition and history of a vehicle, indicating whether it is a good buy. You can use the report to confirm you want to buy the car and for the price being offered. To get the most out of the CARFAX report, follow these tips.
Confirm the Description
The first thing you do when you get a CARFAX report is read the vehicle description. Make sure that it matches the used Chevrolet that you are looking at. Unscrupulous sellers may change the VIN on a car to hide a less than favorable history with accidents or flood damage or even to mask a stolen vehicle. By reading the description on the report, you can confirm that the information on the report is actually about the Chevy you want to buy.
Look at the Accident History
One of the most important parts of the CARFAX vehicle history report is the accident history. This section of the report will indicate whether the Chevrolet has been in any accidents where reports were filed. It is also where you will find salvage title information and flood damage. Generally, you don’t want to buy a used vehicle that has a salvage title or flood damage since it may be in very poor condition with significant damage that has gone unnoticed.
Examine Maintenance Records
Your CARFAX report should include a section on maintenance records for the Chevrolet you are looking at. Use this section to confirm that the vehicle has been serviced according to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.
Don’t buy a model that hasn’t been maintained regularly unless you have it inspected by a trusted mechanic and get a great price. Models without maintenance are more likely to experience future problems.
Now that you know how to use CARFAX when buying your next used Chevrolet, you are ready to visit Davis Chevrolet in Houston, Texas, and check out our extensive selection of pre-owned models.