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CARFAX Vehicle History Report
1999 MERCEDES-BENZ E320
VIN: WDBJF65HXXA781603
SEDAN 4 DR
3.2L V6 FI SOHC 18V
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
Standard Equipment
Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM Cassette, Power Brakes, Tilt Wheel, 6-digit Odometer
Safety Options
4 wheel ABS, Dual air bags front, head, and sides/active (manual) belts
Branded title
Branded Title: Salvage
3 or more previous owners
Previous owners
Service information available
Service records available
Registered as a personal vehicle
Personal vehicle
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
CARFAX Price Adjustment
Below retail book value
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This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 11/3/12 at 10:16:13 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.

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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
Owners 1-3 Owner 4 Owner 5
Year purchased 1998  2003  2005 
Type of owner Personal --- ---
Estimated length of ownership 4 yrs. 6 mo.  1 yr. 10 mo.  7 yrs. 5 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provinces Georgia, California  California  California 
Estimated miles driven per year ---  13,937/yr  12,618/yr 
Last reported odometer reading 63,923  90,270  125,226 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section
Owners 1-3 Owner 4 Owner 5
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon No Problem No Problem Alert!
Problem Found
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits No Problem No Problem No Problem

Alert! Severe problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This vehicle does not qualify for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee.

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Owners 1-3 Owner 4 Owner 5
Total Loss
Total loss reported on 02/29/2008.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Total Loss Reported
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Airbag Deployment
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues Indicated
No Issues Indicated
No Issues Indicated
Accident / Damage
DMV title problems reported. Accident reported.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Severe Damage
Manufacturer Recall
Check with an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for any open recalls.
No Recalls Reported
No Recalls Reported
No Recalls Reported

Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased: 1998
Type: Personal
Where: Georgia
Est. length owned: 12/30/98 - 10/5/99
(9 months)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
11/17/1998   9   Long of Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
423-855-3726
longofchatt.com  
Pre-delivery inspection completed
12/22/1998     Long of Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
423-855-3726
longofchatt.com  
Vehicle sold
12/30/1998     Georgia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Monroe, GA  
Registered as
personal vehicle
02/03/1999     Georgia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Monroe, GA
Title #36038445  
Title or registration issued
First owner reported
03/29/1999     Georgia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Monroe, GA
Title #36368953  
Title or registration issued
 
Owner 2
Purchased: 1999
Where: Georgia
Est. length owned: 10/5/99 - 11/5/02
(3 yrs. 1 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
10/05/1999     Georgia
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Cumming, GA
Title #4230992788907  
Title or registration issued
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
10/14/2002   60,576   California
Inspection Station
Laguna Niguel, CA  
Passed emissions inspection
11/05/2002   60,581   Dealer Inventory
Laguna Niguel, CA  
Vehicle offered for sale
11/12/2002     Dealer Inventory   Vehicle offered for sale
 
Owner 3
Purchased: 2002
Where: California
Est. length owned: 11/30/02 - 6/30/03
(7 months)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
11/30/2002   60,583   California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Aliso Viejo, CA  
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
06/25/2003   63,916   California
Inspection Station
Santa Ana, CA  
Passed emissions inspection
06/30/2003   63,923   Dealer Inventory
Irvine, CA  
Vehicle offered for sale
07/01/2003     California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Aliso Viejo, CA  
Title issued or updated
Loan or lien reported
 
Owner 4
Purchased: 2003
Where: California
Est. miles/year: 13,937/yr
Est. length owned: 7/10/03 - 5/25/05
(1 yr. 10 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
07/10/2003     California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Riverside, CA  
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
07/18/2003   64,725   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Washed/detailed
12/19/2003   72,634   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Recommended maintenance performed
Washed/detailed
Oil and filter changed
Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
07/06/2004   80,777   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Recommended maintenance performed
Washed/detailed
Interior trim repaired
Oil and filter changed
Instrument cluster checked
08/06/2004   82,776   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
No-start/hard start condition checked
Washed/detailed
Shift lever/assembly replaced
10/12/2004   82,777   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Battery/charging system checked
Washed/detailed
12/21/2004   87,474   Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Washed/detailed
Front brake pads replaced
Lights checked
02/28/2005     Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Washed/detailed
04/09/2005     Fletcher Jones Motorcars
Newport Beach, CA
949-718-3060
fjmercedes.com  
Steering/suspension checked
05/17/2005   90,270   California
Inspection Station
Irvine, CA  
Passed emissions inspection
 
Owner 5
Purchased: 2005
Where: California
Est. miles/year: 12,618/yr
Est. length owned: 5/25/05 - present
(7 yrs. 5 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
05/25/2005   90,309   California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Huntington Beach, CA  
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
04/05/2007   112,967   California
Inspection Station  
Passed emissions inspection
02/29/2008   125,226   Damage Report   TOTAL LOSS VEHICLE
Vehicle declared a total loss
Collision damage reported

CARFAX began reporting this information on 06/10/2008.

05/16/2008     California
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Fairfield, CA  
Dealer took title of this vehicle
while it was in inventory
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
06/10/2008     Vehicle Exporter   Vehicle exported from
Long Beach, CA
and imported to
Republic of Georgia
Not Reported     California
Damage Report  
Accident reported
  • Police accident reports are required in California when the estimated damage exceeds $750. The date of this particular accident was not reported to CARFAX, but it likely occurred between Oct. 2007 and Oct. 2008.
 
 

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 11/3/12 at 10:16:13 AM (EDT). New data will result in a change to this report.
California Police Reports:
  • Do not include an assessment of damage severity
  • Are required if the estimated damage exceeds $500, or $750 as of January 2003
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.
New Owner Reported
When a vehicle is sold to a new owner, the Title must be transferred to the new owner(s) at a Department of Motor Vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
Total Loss Vehicle
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. This may occur when an insurance company's definition of a total loss is different than the state DMV's definition for a branded title or when the owner of the vehicle is a self-insured company, like a fleet or rental company.