Why buy a vehicle history report?

Our reports can help protect you from costly hidden problems, negotiate a better deal and drive away with confidence that you've made a great purchase.

A summary of a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report for a 2017 Ford Explorer XLT A summary of a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report for a 2017 Ford Explorer XLT

What do Vehicle History Reports look for?

An icon of a blue tow truck enclosed within a red circle indicating vehicle has had previous accident history.

Accident History

1 out of every 3 vehicles in Canada have reported damage. A CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report can tell you about any prior accidents - from a fender bender to a total loss. It also can show damage from severe weather like hail.

Learn more about how to check for accident history
An icon of a blue magnifying glass focusing on a green money symbol within a report to indicate there is a lien on a vehicle.

Money Owed

A lien is basically an unpaid loan for the car. If it hasn't been paid, it means you would be legally responsible for the previous owner’s debt. Over 40% of vehicles have an active lien. Our Vehicle History Report + Lien Check helps you easily see if there’s an active lien on a vehicle.

Read more about liens here
A megaphone enclosed within a red circle indicated there is an open recall check on a vehicle.

Unfixed Safety Recalls

An estimated 1 in 5 Canadian vehicles have an unfixed safety recall, meaning they’ve been deemed unsafe to drive by their own manufacturer. It’s important to know that the vehicle is safe, and a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report can help you find this out.

Learn more about safety recalls
An icon of a manilla file folder containing vehicle service history records.

Service History

Knowing what maintenance a used car previously had, and how frequently it was done, can prevent problems from occurring down the road. A vehicle history report can show you what service was done, who it was performed by and how often, so you know what shape the car is in.

See how you can find a car’s maintenance history
CARFAX Canada’s mascot, CAR FOX, enclosed in a blue bubble surrounded by icons of areas that CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Reports check for (accident history, recall check, service records, and more).

Ready to see the history
of your vehicle?

Check out a
sample report

Take a look at a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History + Lien Check Report and see why millions of Canadians trust our reports when buying a used car.

View a Sample Report
Women in blue sweater with one arm folded and hand on chin contemplating purchasing a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report.