CARFAX and Autocheck reports


#1

Has anyone done a detailed comparison of carfax reprots and autocheck reports ?

or even carproof reports?



there is a big difference in price, but what about value and information?



CHEAP CARFAX: carfax.cogia.net


#2

I have only anecdotal info - I was recently on the used market and went w/ Autocheck (unlimited 30 day or whatever it was). It started w/ autocheck being cheaper. I searched around on the web and found nothing to suggest that it wasn’t as good as carfax. In fact I more often saw comments that it might catch more things than carfax.

I later heard from a used car rep at a local auto group that they’d dropped carfax & went to autocheck b/c they’d ended up selling a bunch of flood damage cars - carfax didn’t show the info, but autocheck did.

I later ran a check on a van I was looking at - found frame damage - got huffy with the dealer who told me it was “clean” - turns out carfax didn’t have the report.

All told - anecdotal, but I’d trust autocheck over carfax based on that.

One last item - I’ve been surprised to see occasional reference to vehicle service info on these reports. I must have pulled about 80 of them and never once saw a shred about service - what you reliably get on these is basically official/legal info form the state. Anything else will be completely hit or miss and mostly miss.


#3

Just a question for you,Do you think a record of all auto repair (body and mechanical) should be maintained in a data base that the public could access?

Everytime a shop did any work a report was generated and stored,or maybe Public access to the Dealers warranty records,what legal barriers prevent this? I see good and bad from such as system.


#4

It would probably be better if you got your carfax reports from the actual reputable site instead of the scam site you listed.