CARFAX Vehicle History Data Sources

CARFAX® receives data from more than 20,000 different sources including every U.S. and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency plus many police and fire departments, collision repair facilities, auto auctions, and more.

The CARFAX database is the most comprehensive vehicle history database in North America, containing over 5 billion records. Records included in each CARFAX Report reveal important information about a car's history, such as an odometer reading, existence of a branded title such as a salvage/junk title, or past registration as a fleet vehicle.

The following list represents some of the more than 20,000 types of data sources that currently report information to CARFAX. A CARFAX Report may not include every event in a vehicle's history, but will include the data that is reported to CARFAX for a specific vehicle identification number (VIN).

Before you buy a used car, we recommend that you get a CARFAX Report, take a test drive, and have the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic.

Data source Types of data provided to CARFAX How the data can help you make a
better used car buying decision
U.S. motor vehicle agencies • Branded titles, includingsalvage/junk, flood and more
• Truth in Mileage Act (TIMA) certified odometer readings
• Manufacturer buybacks or lemon titles
• Registration records, including original vehicle use and city/state where the vehicle was registered
• Accident damage reports
• Stolen vehicles
• Ownership transfers
• Lien information
• Identify problem titles
• Uncover potential odometer fraud
• Learn estimated number of owners
• Learn where the vehicle has been registered
• Identify how the vehicle may have been used (rental, taxi,lease, etc.)
• Uncover past accidents
Canadian provincial motor vehicle agencies • Vehicle registrations
• Problem brands
• Odometer readings
• Ownership transfers
• Find cross-border activity
• Identify problem brands
• Learn estimated number of owners
Auto auctions • Odometer readings • Uncover potential odometer fraud
Collision repair facilities Accident indicators, including:
• Structural/frame damage
• Collision repair history
• Uncover past accidents that resulted in repairs
Service/ maintenance facilities • Service or maintenance records including dates and services offered • Learn maintenance history
• See where the car has been serviced
Insurance companies • Total loss vehicles
• Stolen vehicles
• Identify accidents which may not have resulted in salvage/junk titles
Salvage auctions • Salvaged vehicles
• Vehicles sold at auction
• Identify salvaged cars that may not have been assigned salvage titles by motor vehicle agencies
Automotive recyclers • Recycled parts that were requested for a repair • Uncover major maintenance repairs
• Identify damage events that may not have been reported to law enforcement agencies or insurance companies
Rental/fleet vehicle companies • Total loss and damage history
• Maintenance/service history
• Learn damage history
• Learn repair/maintenance history
State inspection stations • Odometer readings
• Location of inspection site
• Pass/fail safety and emissions inspection status
• Inspection details
• Uncover potential odometer fraud
• Identify vehicle driving patterns
• Identify compliance problems
Extended warranty companies • Major repair and maintenance history • Learn repair/maintenance history
Fire departments • Fire damage reports from across the U.S. • Identify vehicles damaged in fire incidents
Manufacturers • Open recalls
• Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles
• Service and maintenance history
• Courtesy buybacks
• Identify recalls that need to be completed
• Identify vehicles inspected and certified by manufacturers
• Learn maintenance history
Law enforcement agencies • Stolen vehicle records
• Police department accident reports (various state and local jurisdictions)
• Identify stolen vehicles
• Uncover past accidents
Car dealerships • Vehicles offered for sale
• Odometer readings
• Uncover potential odometer fraud
• Learn odometer history
Import/export companies • Vehicle transfers and locations
• Compliance dates
• Identify out-of-country history
• Verify emissions standards compliance