Car history issues
Okay ..so my son was looking for a mid-90's Honda product ...maybe a Civic, maybe an Integra, maybe a Legend G1 coupe. We planned on looking out-of-province, so we figured a car-fax account would be helpful ( a LOT of junk out there!). So, I signed up for the $35 for 30 days, unlimited VIN search deal ...and we started looking at cars. Most reports came up as "clean" ...very few showed any mileage history. Then I got scared. We found a car in-province, and it came up clean on car-fax. Then a friend suggested we try our province's free VIN search service for "local" cars. We ran the VIN and it showed a theft recovery ($3500 damage claim), an accident ($1800 damage claim), and that the car had been written off as a total loss vehicle ..not once, but TWICE!! Yet, the car-fax service said it had a clean title. All provinces in Canada are now part of a national car info database ...so this information is not kept secret.
I sent an email to car-fax, explaining my dilemma: I had purchased their service, relying on it to give me accurate info on cars I was looking at. And now, I'm having doubts about the "quality" of the service I'm paying for. The response I got was unexpected: ...they essentially said: "Well, we can't know everything about every car. We depend on our sources to give us accurate data." I responded by saying: "I paid for your service in good faith, thinking I would get accurate data ...and now I'm having serious doubts."
They are going to refund my $35.
Bottomline: don't depend on these "services" to provide accurate info on a used car's history. Do as much personal "sleuthing" as possible.
1990 Cobalt Blue Pearl Sedan LS
w/JSP-92104 spoiler, Bose Stereo w/single cd player, plus FM Honda 6-disc changer in glove box. Automatic, 268,000 kms, original drivetrain, stock size tires. 1989 Ebony Black Metallic Sedan L
Auto. Integra AM-FM cassette head unit, and Honda 6-disc changer in glove box. Stock size tires. Original engine threw a connecting rod mid-Feb, 2007 at 380,000 kms. JDM swap-out July 1, 2008. Car still off the road pending serious body work on rear quarter panels.