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Old 06-22-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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carfax?

I'm helping my wife's friend buy a used wrangler. Going to look at a 2002 sport Monday. I have owned 2 wrangler, still have my 06 LJ so I know some of the B-) basic issues to look for. How much do you trust a carfax report? Something better? Lady I'm helping is widowed and her son has always loved jeeps. She is buying it for a fun summer car, not a DD. Still want her to get a quality ride for a fair price.

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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eh...read/look at this.
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I had a carfax when I bought mine, but still had independent used car inspection done by a mechanic, since I'm not knowledgeable enough. Good luck.

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Old 06-22-2014, 12:06 PM   #3
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It's good in the sense that it will tell you if it's ever been totaled/accident record. It will let you verify the mileage is correct. For me the thing I found most useful was the fact I'm in Texas and vehicles are usually rust free here, one of the TJs I looked at I found came from Canada and was registered throughout the NE where rust is abundant. I could view this by using the license plate # off the craigslist ad so I didn't waste time going to look at it. The owner did mention rust underneath, but I figured the extent would be pretty bad knowing the location it was from. This guy will give you one VIN report for free if you want to go that route. Free Car History Report - Jeep Wrangler Forum
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Old 06-22-2014, 12:08 PM   #4
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I had a carfax when I bought mine, but still had independent used car inspection done by a mechanic, since I'm not knowledgeable enough. Good luck.
Yeah, it's ok for background information, but you still need to do due diligence in inspecting the vehicle. Don't just say "the carfax is clean, I'm good to go".
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:01 AM   #5
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Just to let you know, you can get a cheap carfax alternative
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:20 AM   #6
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a bad carfax report can usually be trusted to disclose actual problems (but not necessarily all) the vehicle saw.... but a clean, good carfax report does NOT mean the vehicle was not damaged or totaled or had some other major issue in it's past.

so it is worth looking into, but don't rely on it 100%.

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