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      03-15-2011, 03:54 PM   #1
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carfax anyone?

Considering picking up another M3, but was wondering if anyone has a carfax account they can hook me up with a report if so I can pm you the VIN, just let me know. Thanks in advance
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      03-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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i think posting carfax stuff is against forum rules...
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      03-15-2011, 04:33 PM   #3
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^^ oops. I actually went to the rules page to be sure and didn't find anything, that's why I posted (I hope I looked in the right place, we will see)
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hmmm, sorry if it isn't... i thought it was. It usually is though, part of the carfax user agreement is to not share results (which I would find quite practical)
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hmmm, sorry if it isn't... i thought it was. It usually is though, part of the carfax user agreement is to not share results (which I would find quite practical)
I think you can share the results but you are not supposed to share a carfax account.
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      03-15-2011, 05:06 PM   #6
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No worries, I was looking for something thinking of that.

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hmmm, sorry if it isn't... i thought it was. It usually is though, part of the carfax user agreement is to not share results (which I would find quite practical)
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      03-15-2011, 05:53 PM   #7
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You can share but the buy back won't apply unless you pay for the report.
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      03-15-2011, 06:42 PM   #8
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^^ interesting. Can anyone with an account share it? please I can pm you the vin
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      03-15-2011, 07:37 PM   #9
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Don't bother, Carfax is useless.
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how so?
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how so?
This is a screen shot (from my iPhone) of the Carfax for my 07 335i. It was in an accident in which the whole front end was heavily damaged. The insurance company repaired it, with a cost of (just shy) of $30,000.00

Now, tell me what it says on the first line...
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how so?
This is a screen shot (from my iPhone) of the Carfax for my 07 335i. It was in an accident in which the whole front end was heavily damaged. The insurance company repaired it, with a cost of (just shy) of $30,000.00

Now, tell me what it says on the first line...
Whoa. How did u find out and how come it didn't get reported ??

They cheated the system?
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      03-15-2011, 09:14 PM   #13
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Don't bother, Carfax is useless.
Agreed. When I sold my 325i the carfax said my car was in an accident. It wasn't. Trying to get the carfax updated has proven to be nearly impossible. Guilty until proven innocent and you can't prove your innocence. I have a new and unfavorable opinion of carfax.
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They cheated the system?
Not really. Problem is Carfax (and all other similar services) get their information from police reports, not insurance companies, so accidents without a police report are not detected. Having said that, the ultra great majority of accidents disabling a car will most likely be caught by police and get reported. In my case, I hit a cattle guard after catching black ice from a freak storm, causing a $10K claim (purely cosmetic damage), but car drove like before (no mechanical damage at all), so just drove home. And nothing shows up on Carfax or others; that's why I now know insurance companies don't report anything. Take care.
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This is a screen shot (from my iPhone) of the Carfax for my 07 335i. It was in an accident in which the whole front end was heavily damaged. The insurance company repaired it, with a cost of (just shy) of $30,000.00

Now, tell me what it says on the first line...
Autocheck doesn't show any accidents like you said, but does show the car to have frame damage.

http://ebay.vinmanager.com/AutoCheck...hicle-glossary
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Not really. Problem is Carfax (and all other similar services) get their information from police reports, not insurance companies, so accidents without a police report are not detected. Having said that, the ultra great majority of accidents disabling a car will most likely be caught by police and get reported. In my case, I hit a cattle guard after catching black ice from a freak storm, causing a $10K claim (purely cosmetic damage), but car drove like before (no mechanical damage at all), so just drove home. And nothing shows up on Carfax or others; that's why I now know insurance companies don't report anything. Take care.
I don't know if that's true or not. There was most definitely a police report in my case, and both the other driver's and my insurance company were aware of it.
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