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Old 06-06-2009, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it beneficial or worthwhile to think that a collector car might have a carfax history?

I made an offer on a 1969 Chevelle convertible (mostly original, but in need of freshening up) today that I think I can flip and make a few dollars. I have no intentions on keeping this car for myself, so I am not building a show car, but building a nice driver. The seller has owned this car for less than 2 years and either is unwilling or not able to supply any info on the history of the car prior to his purchase in 2007.

Would an attempt to get a carfax help in determining previous owners or where (geographically) this car might have come from?
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a quote from the CarFax web site:

"CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later."

http://www.carfax.com/about/car_history/hcabout.cfm
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't believe that Carfax can help on new cars, never acquiring any service record. Particularly flood cars. What's to prevent a new car dealer from having a "swimmer" laundered, well prepared and being sold as new or as a demo? Do distributors, like Southeast Toyota, as an example, have available records? Doubt it! Let the buyer beware....new or used. Those new on the lot, flood cars have to go somewhere! Was reminded of it, last nite, watching news as new cars on storage lots get MORE than wet in recent heavy rains! So, if not ever being titled, they could go back to the distributor, new window tag installed, paper work manipulated, car perfumed and sent to another area.....or back to the same dealer! Am willing to bet, that a person buying a new brand x car that was flooded, would be denied a written, on bill of sale, statement certifying that car was never flooded! One way to be sure!
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is there any way of checking history or previous owners of a classic car
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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is there any way of checking history or previous owners of a classic car
These days the easiest thing to do is start at the person you bought it from and find out who, when and where they bought the car, basically work backwards.

You could try a title search for the states that do issue titles unless the car was in a non-title state at one point or the DMV has purged the records after so many years*.


*that is what happened when I tried a title search in NJ for my father's 73 Grande that I have in my sig.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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IMHO carfax isn't worth a dime , i got in a bad wreck a few years ago 17k damage to my car . yes they fixed it . about year after getting my car back i had a carfax done on the car . nothing showed on the report !!
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"CARFAX Vehicle History Reports™ are available on all used cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later."

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