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What You Need to Know About Vehicle History Reports

Damage from prior accidents can impact a vehicle’s value, and a lien registered against the vehicle you’re thinking of buying could leave you stuck with someone else’s debt. A CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report shows you all this important information, and more, giving you peace of mind when buying a used car.

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Accident history

One of the factors that can affect the value of a car the most is damage history. A CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report can tell you about any damage - from a total loss to severe weather, while providing third-party validation of the vehicle’s history.

Learn more about how to check for accident history
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Money owed

A lien is basically a loan, and if a vehicle has a lien on it, the new owner could find themselves legally responsible for the previous owner’s debt. A vehicle history report will ensure there is no money owing before you buy your next vehicle.

Read more about liens here
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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 vehicles safe and a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report can help you find this out.

Learn more about safety recalls
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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

Not ready to buy?

Want to know what else is in a vehicle history report? CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Reports can find more than what’s listed above - learn why millions of Canadians trust our reports when buying a used car.

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