Knowing your vehicle’s value is like money in the bank

Carfax can provide value, number of owners, accidents, maintenance records, and recalls

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Richard Perry.

■ By Richard Perry / Contributed

Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy!

People always come to me to ask the value of their cars. There are trade values, private party, retail, wholesale values, Blue Book, Black Book, Nada Guide, and many other different ways to determine your car’s value.
When you’re buying or selling a used car, you want a fair price. Finding out the vehicle’s value is an important step. You know to look at its options, mileage, and model year. But what about the car’s history? Has the car been in an accident? Did it frequently miss oil changes or other scheduled maintenance? Every car has a history, and that history could have a big impact on the price you or others are willing to pay for a used car.
With VIP Autos’ partnership with Carfax, we know two similar cars that were driven off the lot the same day will have very different values years down the road. That’s because things like documented maintenance, recalls, and accidents are just as important to a car’s value as the mileage or model year.
Buy a used car with confidence: Look into a vehicle’s accident and maintenance history to determine what the car is worth. You can find the right car with the history that’s right for you with Carfax Used Car Listings.
There are many ways to obtain a value for your vehicle, but only Carfax History-Based Value takes the following factors into account when providing used car values: number of owners, accidents, maintenance records, and recalls.
VIP Autos pulls multiple reports when considering vehicles—AutoCheck, NIVITIS reports, Kelley Blue Book, but we also know that history is an important factor in determining a car’s value whether buying or selling. In addition to taking a vehicle’s year, make, model, mileage, location and condition into consideration, the Carfax History-Based Value is powered by vehicle-specific data that’s unique to Carfax and tied directly to each car through its vehicle identification number (VIN).
Their VIN-specific value report examines the number of accidents, number of owners, and the service history of each vehicle. Other factors, such as how the car was used (personal, fleet, rental or commercial use) help us provide an exact value. The result is a clear picture of what your car is worth, or how much you should pay.
You may pay less for a car with an accident, or more for a car without one. Only Carfax gives you the VIN-specific price for every used car based on its history. Instead of providing you with a suggested retail value, Carfax can tell you what a specific car with a specific VIN is worth.
If you want to know what your car is worth, stop by VIP Autos, mention you read this article, and get a free Carfax valuation.
Good driving
The Hemet Car Guy

Richard Perry is the Hemet Car Guy and owner of VIP Autos in Hemet. For more information, visit www.hemetcarguy.info

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