| i am looking at a 97 bonneville and would appreciate if i could get a
| carfax run.
After seeing your post that the car is on a dealer's lot it is a no
brainer for them to pull a carfax for you. I haven't seen a dealer that
doesn't subscribe to carfax. Now, FWIW- Carfax does not guarantee there
isn't something major wrong with the car. If an independent garage has
done service on it the only way it will show up is if they enter the VIN
# and update the car's history. Not likely to happen. If it has been
submerged in a flood, rebuilt from an accident or anything where an
insurance claim has been paid it will? show up. If it has been serviced
at a dealer it may show up.
How do I know this? I bought a lemon because I believed the Carfax
report. The best way to minimize your chances of buying one is to have a
qualified technician go over the car. Check compression, pull wheels to
check the brakes, look for damage underneath and signs of leaks.
Pressurize the coolant system and make sure it doesn't leak. Check the
coolant for signs of oil and conversely check the oil for coolant. Look
for body panel replacements. Make sure it isn't bent so bad it dog
tracks down the street. Yeah, it costs more than a carfax; maybe three
to six times as much. But, as another poster has said, it may save you
from a major headache.
IMO, the Carfax thing is good for the dealer. He may know the car is a
lemon, but if it does not show upon the list, he has a winner to sell. I'm
not willing to invest $30, but I'd bet my eight year old LeSabre will not
show any problems even though it has had many. Why no show? Most service
is done by local shops, not the dealer. AFAIK, none does any reporting.
Carfax is a good idea that cannot work well. If anyone things I'm wrong,
I'll give you the VIN and after the report, the list of problems and
IMHO, the entire CarFax thing is a huge crock. I saw someone advertising to
run a CarFax for $5 a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to run through 2 of
my vehicles. The Trans Am came up clean, but the '97 Bonneville came up as
having been in two pervious accidents. What are the details? The dates,
that's it. Doesn't say what type of accident, how much damage, what damage,
nothing. Just the dates they happened. So, a headlight lens could have
been smashed, and someone put it through there insurance, or the front of
the car could have been smashed in, but not enough to write it off. The car
has been looked over thoroughly several times, so I know if there was
significant damage, it was repaired very well, but still. Plus, like you
said Ed, if either of those accidents were done at a normal shop that
doesn't report it, it wouldn't show up at all.
I totally agree with "Anyolmouse". If you are concerned, have a trusted
mechanic look it over stem to stern, don't trust a company who has never
even seen the vehicle.
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