Welcome to CARFAX, the Vehicle History Expert for American Cars
CARFAX is the most trusted source of vehicle history information about US cars. For more than 30 years, CARFAX has been helping millions of used car shoppers make better purchase decisions and avoid expensive hidden problems. In addition, CARFAX has helped used car dealers around the world to build trust with their customers and sell their American cars with confidence.
With more than 14 billion records, CARFAX has built up its database with the help of its partners and sources, including government offices, law enforcement agencies, service and repair shops, car dealerships, insurance companies and many more.
CARFAX’s vision is to change the used car market for the better. As an independent source which benefits both consumers and dealers, no US used car should be bought without looking into its history with the help of a CARFAX Vehicle History Report.
What is a CARFAX Vehicle History Report?
The CARFAX Vehicle History Report takes the billions of records on file, detailing all of the most important information about used cars from the United States and Canada, and assembles them into one easy to read report. There are several types of records included in the report, including:
- Vehicle accident check: Buying a second hand car which has been in an accident can lead to costly problems down the road. Our vehicle accident check informs potential buyers of any serious problems in the car’s history, including total loss.
- Vehicle mileage check: One of the most common forms of automotive fraud in the second hand car market relates to odometer manipulation. Our vehicle mileage check helps ensure buyers that no odometer rollbacks have occurred.
- Car ownership: It may seem difficult to know how an American car was used in the past. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report includes records on car ownership, including whether the car was ever used as a rental car or taxi.
- Car recalls: US import cars generally don’t carry the manufacturer guarantee protecting against recalls. This means any costs related to the repair of open car recalls fall onto the new owner. In some cases, car recalls set out to fix potentially dangerous manufacturing defects. The CARFAX Car History Report identifies any open recalls on US cars.
- Salvage Title: US cars may be given a salvage title when they are no longer roadworthy due to damage from an accident, flood or fire, or if they have been stolen. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report helps buyers stay away from salvage cars and avoid potential expenses in the future.
- Stolen car: Even if it seems unlikely, many stolen US cars make their way over to Europe. To avoid possible legal problems, it’s advisable to not buy a stolen car.
- Airbag deployment: Often times, serious accidents result in airbag deployment. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report will also notify shoppers of American cars whether or not the vehicle has experienced such a situation.
- Service car records: Buying used cars which have been well maintained can be a great advantage. Service car records are included in the CARFAX Vehicle History Report to give shoppers confidence when buying second hand cars.
- Car registration check: Our car registration check gives potential buyers useful information about the vehicles history, including when and where it has been over its lifetime.
Check out a Vehicle History Report sample report to see all this information and more in a clearly laid out, easy to read format.
With the CARFAX Car History Report, everyone benefits
Used car buyers and sellers, dealerships, as well as listings sites can benefit CARFAX’s independent American car information. With more transparency and accountability in the used car market, there will be less chance for fraudulent activity. Buyers of US import cars can shop with confidence knowing the American car doesn’t have any hidden negative history, and sellers of US cars can sell faster by instilling trust in the buyer. Used car dealers using CARFAX Vehicle History Reports can ensure no vehicles with negative history come through their business, thus saving possible problems and money down the road.
Sell US Import Cars with confidence
US car Dealer which are interested in demonstrating trust and transparency to their customers can become partners with CARFAX. By joining this Europe-wide community of dealerships and using the CARFAX Dealer seal, lets shoppers know they will receive a free CARFAX Vehicle History Report for every US car they want to buy. This will create confidence in shoppers both at the dealerships and on online listings sites. Confident shoppers buy used cars.
Checking the CARFAX on American Car Imports
Getting a CARFAX CAR History Report is simple:
- Obtain the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the vehicle you’re interested in (one can usually find the VIN on the dashboard of US import cars, when looking through the driver’s side of the windshield).
- Enter the number into the VIN decoder on CARFAX homepage.
- Our VIN check will inform you of the number of records we have available for that particular vehicle.
- You're given the opportunity to purchase a CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this one car or a package of five (at a discounted price).
- All reports last for 30 days and are visible through your personal login. Those who purchased a package have up to one year to redeem the report credits.
Make a good investment by checking the CARFAX Car History Report before you buy an American car.
The Chevrolet Corvette has become the halo car of the Chevrolet brand. It generally mixes the small block chevy V8, with a rear wheel drive chassis putting out as much horse power as current technology can at the time. The other thing the Corvette is known for is providing the performance of a Ferrari or Porsche for the price of a Chevrolet. It is a remarkable sports car.
It was not until the C2 in the 1960s that the current formula for the Corvette came into production. The body was fiberglass to save weight and the engine was the small block chevy which has been one of the most versatile engine blocks in the history of the internal combustion engine. The small block chevy with its push rod construction has provided increasing horse power and torque for sports cars, sedans, trucks and racing cars since the mid-1950s.
Corvettes in Australia
Corvettes are as rare as hen's teeth in Australia. You are more likely to see Ferraris driving around than you are a Corvette. For a Corvette built after the 1970s to come to Australia it would have to be a private import, then there is the problem of converting the Corvette to right hand drive. Fortunately the Corvette drive train is used in the Commodore SSV's and the HSV Holden's so that part isn't an issue but it is still an expensive process. What you can buy in the United States for 30K would be 100k in Australia. As a result I thought I was a million bucks in the United States driving around in a Corvette.
A mate of mine in Virginia used to buy summer cars. He would buy a car like a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Porsche Boxster or a 1970s Jeep and drive it through the Virginian summer and then sell it as fall came and make his money back. The first Corvette I bought was intended to be for the same reasons. It was a 1988 dark Silver C4 Corvette Coupe. As summer came and went, I put more money into it, upgrading the cooling system, the fuel system, the electrical system until I couldn't sell it. I was too emotionally attached to the car.
Soon after, I did a software project for an Energy Management system that was particularly strenuous and difficult, and as a reward for completing the project I bought myself a 1999 C5 Black Corvette Coupe with an Oak interior. I still had the C4 which I drove on the weekends, while I used the C5 as a daily driver. I found myself using the C4 less and less, until finally I sold it.
When I came to Arizona the C5 was shipped across for me by the company I was joining. The C5 was starting to get up in miles and when it hit 100,000 miles I decided it was time to get a more modern Corvette. I test drove a C6 and that led me to buying a 2005 Black Corvette Coupe with a Black interior.
I kept this until it got to 80,000 miles and then - with the C7 around the corner - I got a low mileage 2005 Black Corvette Convertible with gray interior that only had 6000 miles on it.
When that Convertible hit 32,000 miles the 2014 C7 Couple started to become available. I was fortunate to pick up a pre-ordered Corvette that was black when it was supposed to be red. It was a 2014 C7 Black Coupe with a Black leather interior. What a wonderful car. It was Corvette number five.
2014 C7 Corvette Stingray
Corvette number five. This is so much more sophisticated a ride over the C6 while being better looking and having more horse power. The ability to use the power available to the car is greater too. Probably the best compliment to the C7 is my wife's comment that the C6 used to frighten her, but this car does not. She feels in control and comfortable in the C7.
I bought a C7 soon after they came out. Because of the large backlog for orders, I had one of the few C7s on the road in Arizona during 2013. I was not prepared for the reception the car got. I had people stop me, want to talk to me about it, i got the thumbs up from drivers constantly, cars would slow down to look at it, I even had one guy run in front of the car when I was in a parking lot and take a selfie in front of it.
One time, I was in North Scottsdale grabbing beer and wine when two guys were hang in around the car. One of the guys had a C6 and was interested in the car so I said to him, sit in the C7 and see what you think. The other guy said, "It seems like you are used to this?" It was true, and it was cool. I didn't mind showing the cars to other Corvette owners who were interested in the car.
I felt like it was kind of the responsibility for having a new model Corvette since Corvette owners tend to be so enthusiastic for the marque. I was at a party recently and one of the guys there had ordered a C7 but hadn't received it yet. He told me it was his fifteenth Corvette. Remarkable.
Something else that needs to be mentioned for the Corvette is the quality of engineering. The car has a 6.2 Liter V8 in it that produces 460 horsepower. It is a powerful engine. However it has the ability to drop to a V4 configuration when it doesn't need all the cylinders.
We drive a lot to Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. On a recent trip to San Diego over a fifty mile length the car averaged 39.6 mpg. For most of the trip the car averaged between 34 and 36 mpg.
The way the Corvette is setup it records the mpg for either 25 miles, 50 miles or 400 miles. The default is 50 miles. During one of those 50 mile periods the car managed 39.6 mpg. I was actually disappointed it didn't over 40 mpg. Considering that I was wavering on buying a Tesla it is impressive what the engineers have been able to get the C7 Corvette to do.
This is the best Corvette so far in my opinion. It is a beautiful design and an amazing car.
2005 C6 Convertible
Corvette number four. I felt as someone living in Arizona that I needed to take advantage of the climate and get a convertible. I also wanted to get a low mileage Corvette that would retain its value since I knew the 2014 model year was coming out in a couple of years. I solved all of these problems with this car. It had 6000 miles on the odometer and was a convertible. Traditionally the first year convertible of a new body style holds its value best of all. This was a really nice reliable car. It was good to me.
Apparently its engine had been modified and supposedly it had 450 horsepower. It was definitely more powerful than the C6 Coupe I had prior to it, not sure it was 50 horsepower more powerful. It did get about 2 mpg less than the stock standard coupe though. So the engine liked gas more.
Was the convertible worth it? The honest answer is no. In Arizona there are really only two months when you can drive with the top down. October and maybe March. It is too small a time period to put up with the small luggage space and the other handicaps of a convertible.
When it is October and the top is down, it is wonderful. I did a trip to Yarnell, AZ from Phoenix in October of 2013 and it was a wonderful trip. I had the top down the entire time. Yarnell has some twisties as you climb the mountain before entering the town too. However, you can do that with the Targa Coupe as well.
2005 C6 Coupe
Corvette number three. The feel of the C6 over the C5 is that the C6 is more of a muscle car. With the C6 you sit higher in the cockpit and it is more brutish with it's horse power. The C6 is definitely a better car than the C5, just in horse power alone, but also in looks - but not in interior. I thought the seats and interior in the C5 were better than in the C6.
The Coupe has a remarkable amount of space in the trunk. My Corvettes are working Corvettes. They are daily drivers and I have had bean bags, tables, chairs, book cases, trees, etc in the back of the Corvette. The coupe has a surprising amount of space in the hatch back.
At about 80,000 miles this car started to give me issues. The rear axle got messed up, part of engine was askew, and a few other things. It was starting to cost me more money than it was worth, so I replaced it with another C6 that was low mileage.
1999 C5 Coupe
Corvette number two. The C5 is probably best described as a Sports Car. It was lower to the ground - anecdotally - than a C6 or a C4. When you drove the C5 you felt you were in a Le Mans racing car. The downside was that it hit every bump on the road and speed bump in the parking lot. The C5 also had an interior that was really good prior to GM going into its 'cheap spiral' so the interior was good was on the C5.
I used to drive this car between Virginia and New Jersey once a month. I can recall one time being stuck in traffic in Delaware for three hours. The percent oil life remaining went from 80% to 20%. I also drove this car with its big wide tires through a snow storm in Maryland and slushy roads in Morgantown, West Virginia.
This was a lovely, poised, reliable car which I only gave up as it was hitting 100,000 miles. This was also the first Corvette that I replaced the exhaust with Billy Boats Route 66's. They have a great muscle car rumble and roar when you put your foot down. The two C6's I bought after this car also had Billy Boats put on them.
1988 C4 Coupe
Corvette number one. I always considered the C4 the best looking of the historic Corvettes. To drive a C4 meant you were tied into the drivers seat in the same constricted manner that you were in a 1950s Jet Fighter. The cockpit was a tight, claustrophobic nacelle with 1980s style logarithmic graphs which gave the orange glow of power or failure.
The C4 ended up being a weekend car. I replaced the fuel system, the electrical system, numerous other mechanical components and we got it re-painted. Ultimately I was driving the C5 more often and I ended up selling the C4.