Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.
Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.
Odometer Rollback
If a more recent odometer reading is less than an older reading, then the odometer may have been tampered with and "rolled back".
Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.
Basic Warranty
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.
Not Actual Mileage Title
When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle's actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.
Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.
Loss Due To Fire Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.
Structural / Frame Damage
In most cases, a vehicle is inspected for structural or frame damage, depending on the body design, after an accident or other incident. All levels of accidents from minor to severe can cause structural / frame damage and in most cases it can be repaired.
Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven States also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.
Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.
Accident / Damage Indicator
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.
Hail Damage Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.
Standard Equipment
Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM CD, Power Brakes, Tilt Wheel, 6-digit Odometer
Safety Options
4 wheel ABS, Dual air bags front, head, and sides/active (manual) belts
CARFAX Vehicle History Report
2005 PONTIAC VIBE
VIN: 5Y2SL63875Z459114
HATCHBACK 4 DR
1.8L I4 FI
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
Standard Equipment
Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM CD, Power Brakes, Tilt Wheel, 6-digit Odometer
Safety Options
4 Wheel ABS Optional, Running Lights
Airbag deployed
Airbag deployed
Accident/damage reported
Accident / Damage reported
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
Open recall
At least 1 open recall
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
CARFAX Price Adjustment
Below retail book value
Just say, Show Me the CARFAX!
This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 4/21/12 at 6:25:45 AM (EDT). Other information about this vehicle, including problems, may not have been reported to CARFAX. Use this report as one important tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.
Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.
Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.
Odometer Check
CARFAX analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
  • Rollbacks - odometer tampering to conceal a car's true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
  • Rollovers - after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation)
  • Inconsistencies - conflicting mileage data means CARFAX cannot determine if it's a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error)
Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.
Basic Warranty
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.
Not Actual Mileage Title
When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle's actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.
Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.
Loss Due To Fire Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.
Structural Damage
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).
Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven States also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.
Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.
Accident / Damage Indicator
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.
Hail Damage Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.

Ownership History

The number of owners is estimated
Owner 1
Year purchased 2005 
Type of owner Corporate
Estimated length of ownership 2 yrs. 3 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provinces Wisconsin 
Estimated miles driven per year 70,069/yr 
Last reported odometer reading 162,993 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section
Owner 1
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon Guaranteed
No Problem
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits Guaranteed
No Problem
GUARANTEED - None of these major title problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you find that any of these title problems were reported by a DMV and not included in this report, CARFAX will buy this vehicle back. Register | View Terms

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Owner 1
Total Loss
No total loss reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
Airbag Deployment
Airbag deployment reported on 10/10/2005.
Airbag Deployment
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues Indicated
Accident / Damage
Accidents reported on: 06/01/2005 and 10/10/2005. Damage reported on: 06/01/2005, 10/10/2005 and 04/08/2007.
Accident Reported
Manufacturer Recall
At least 1 manufacturer recall requires service. Locate an authorized General Motors dealer to obtain more information about this recall.
Recall
Reported

Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased: 2005
Type: Corporate
Where: Wisconsin
Est. miles/year: 70,069/yr
Est. length owned: 4/25/05 - 8/22/07
(2 yrs. 3 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
04/19/2005     Holz Pontiac Cadillac GMC Trucks
Watertown, WI
920-261-5221
holzwatertown.com  
Washed/detailed
04/25/2005   10   Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI  
Odometer reading reported
Registered as
corporate vehicle
05/03/2005     Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI
Title #05123C1430016  
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
Vehicle color noted as White
06/01/2005     Wisconsin
Damage Report  
Accident reported
It hit a motor vehicle
Moderate damage reported
06/01/2005   5,118   Wisconsin
Damage Report  
Damage reported
Involving front impact
with another motor vehicle
Front of vehicle primarily damaged
08/17/2005   17,090   Service Facility   Thrust angle alignment performed
Tires rotated
Oil and filter changed
Air filter checked
Steering/suspension lubed
09/28/2005   26,340   Service Facility   Cabin air filter replaced
Oil and filter changed
Tires replaced
10/10/2005     Wisconsin
Damage Report  
Accident reported
It hit a curb
Minor damage reported
Airbag deployed CARFAX Airbag Tips
10/10/2005   28,438   Wisconsin
Damage Report  
Damage reported
Vehicle involved in collision
with a guard rail / median
Front of vehicle primarily damaged
Airbag deployed CARFAX Airbag Tips
11/11/2005   31,414   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Front brakes replaced
Maintenance inspection completed
12/16/2005   38,954   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Four wheel alignment performed
Tires replaced
Battery/charging system checked
Air filter checked
01/25/2006   48,205   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Four wheel alignment performed
Rear brakes serviced/adjusted
Tire condition and pressure checked
Tire(s) balanced
Tires replaced
03/03/2006     Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI  
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as White
03/08/2006   57,740   Service Facility   Cabin air filter replaced
Brake rotor(s)/drum(s) resurfaced
Oil and filter changed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Tire(s) balanced
Steering/suspension lubed
04/20/2006   67,286   Service Facility   Tire condition and pressure checked
Tire(s) balanced
Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Tires replaced
Front brakes replaced
Air filter checked
05/26/2006   75,237   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Four wheel alignment performed
Brake rotor(s)/drum(s) resurfaced
Oil and filter changed
06/28/2006   82,754   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Tire(s) balanced
Tire repaired
Transmission serviced
Tune-up performed
Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
08/16/2006   91,820   Service Facility   Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Tires replaced
Oil and filter changed
Air filter checked
Battery/charging system checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Steering/suspension lubed
09/29/2006   99,570   Service Facility   Front brakes replaced
Tires replaced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Oil and filter changed
Maintenance inspection completed
Steering/suspension lubed
10/31/2006   106,072   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
12/05/2006   114,185   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Air filter checked
Transmission serviced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Exterior lights checked
Tires replaced
01/08/2007   121,031   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Recommended maintenance performed
Thrust angle alignment performed
Tires replaced
Serpentine belt replaced
02/22/2007   129,910   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Front brakes replaced
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
03/08/2007     Wisconsin
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Milwaukee, WI  
Registration issued or renewed
Vehicle color noted as White
04/04/2007   138,860   Service Facility   Cabin air filter replaced
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Tires replaced
Tire repaired
Oil and filter changed
Air filter checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Tune-up performed
04/08/2007   139,830   Damage Report   Damage reported
Involving rear impact
Rear of vehicle primarily damaged
05/07/2007   145,503   Service Facility   Tire condition and pressure checked
Tire(s) balanced
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Oil and filter changed
Steering/suspension lubed
06/14/2007   152,620   Service Facility   Front brakes replaced
Tires replaced
Oil and filter changed
Maintenance inspection completed
Recommended maintenance performed
Cooling system checked
Antifreeze/coolant checked
Radiator hose(s) replaced
Steering/suspension lubed
07/19/2007   161,499   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
08/22/2007   162,993   Auto Auction
Wisconsin  
Sold at auction
08/24/2007     Fleet Management Co.
Milwaukee, WI  
Vehicle sold
01/31/2011     General Motors   Manufacturer Safety recall issued
Recall # 2010282
POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE (PCM) IMPROPERLY
MANUFACTURED

Locate an authorized General Motors dealer to obtain more information about this recall.
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Glossary

Accident / Damage Indicator
CARFAX receives information about accidents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Different information in a vehicle's history can indicate an accident or damage, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. Not every accident or damage event is reported and not all reported are provided to CARFAX. Details about the accident or damage event when reported to CARFAX (e.g. severity, impact location, airbag deployment) are included on the Vehicle History Report. CARFAX recommends you obtain a vehicle inspection from your dealer or an independent mechanic.
  • According to the National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2007 edition, 7% of the 245 million registered vehicles in the U.S. were involved in an accident in 2005. Over 75% of these were considered minor or moderate.
  • CARFAX depends on many sources for its accident / damage data. CARFAX can only report what is in our database on 4/21/12 at 6:25:45 AM (EDT). New data will result in a change to this report.
Wisconsin Police Reports:
  • Provide an estimate of the extent of damage in its accident reports for the following:
    • SEVERE/TOTALED: The vehicle cannot be driven from the accident scene due to severe damage or an injury. This level of damage often results in a Salvage or Junk title.
    • MODERATE: The accident damage affects the operation of the vehicle and/or its parts. Examples include broken windows, trunk lids, doors, bumpers and tires.
    • MINOR: The accident damage does not affect the operation of the vehicle. Examples include dented bumpers, fenders, grills and body panels. This level of accident should not compromise vehicle safety.
    • NO DAMAGE: The vehicle was not damaged.
  • Are required if the estimated damage exceeds $1000
Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase. Use CARFAX Airbag Tips to make sure this vehicle's airbag system is functional.
CARFAX Price Adjustment™
Accidents, service records, number of owners and many other history factors can affect a vehicle's value. The CARFAX Price Adjustment is a tool that analyzes millions of used car transactions to measure how the combination of all the information reported to CARFAX affects the value of a particular vehicle. The vehicle's retail book value plus the CARFAX Price Adjustment will give you a more accurate measure of the vehicle's value. Use this tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.
First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.
Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.
Ownership History
CARFAX defines an owner as an individual or business that possesses and uses a vehicle. Not all title transactions represent changes in ownership. To provide estimated number of owners, CARFAX proprietary technology analyzes all the events in a vehicle history. Estimated ownership is available for vehicles manufactured after 1994 and titled solely in the US including Puerto Rico. Dealers sometimes opt to take ownership of a vehicle and are required to in the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Please consider this as you review a vehicle's estimated ownership history.
Title Issued
A state issues a title to provide a vehicle owner with proof of ownership. Each title has a unique number. Each title or registration record on a CARFAX report does not necessarily indicate a change in ownership. In Canada, a registration and bill of sale are used as proof of ownership.
CARFAX DEPENDS ON ITS SOURCES FOR THE ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY OF ITS INFORMATION. THEREFORE, NO RESPONSIBILITY IS ASSUMED BY CARFAX OR ITS AGENTS FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN THIS REPORT. CARFAX FURTHER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. CARFAX®