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CARFAX Vehicle History Report
2004 MERCEDES-BENZ S55 AMG
VIN: WDBNG74J54A402057
SEDAN 4 DR
5.5L V8 FI SOHC
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Total loss vehicle
Total loss vehicle
3 or more previous owners
3 Previous owners
Service information available
41 Service records available
Registered as a personal vehicle
Personal vehicle
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
CARFAX Price Adjustment
Worth $1,120 more than
retail book value
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Based on the information reported to CARFAX, this vehicle is worth $1,120 more than the retail book value.

This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 3/8/16 at 1:30:56 PM (EST). 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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Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 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.





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)
Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.



















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.
























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.








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.














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.










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)







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.

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.























































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.




























Dismantled Title
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value. When a Dismantled title is issued, the vehicle may be used only for parts or scrap metal. It cannot be re-titled or returned to the road.













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).























































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.










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.

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).






Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.

















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.


































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.



Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 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.


















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.


















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.


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.


























Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 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.

























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.














Dismantled Title
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value. When a Dismantled title is issued, the vehicle may be used only for parts or scrap metal. It cannot be re-titled or returned to the road.












































Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 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.























































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.





































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.











Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 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.







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.


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.
Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 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.



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.





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 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

The number of owners is estimated

Owner 1 Owner 2 Owner 3
Year purchased2004 2005 2007 
Type of owner Personal Personal Personal
Estimated length of ownership6 months 2 yrs. 7 mo. 8 yrs. 2 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provincesFlorida Illinois Pennsylvania 
Estimated miles driven per year--- 5,773/yr 12,105/yr 
Last reported odometer reading4,992 23,375 99,324 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section

Owner 1 Owner 2 Owner 3
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon No Problem No Problem No Problem
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits No Problem No Problem No Problem

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX

Owner 1 Owner 2 Owner 3
Total Loss
Total loss reported on 11/04/2013.
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
Accident reported on 08/10/2013.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Accident Reported
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:2004
Type:Personal
Where:Florida
Est. length owned: 1/27/04 - 8/17/04 (6 months)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
01/27/2004   5   Florida
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Casselberry, FL
Odometer reading reported
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
01/28/2004     Florida
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Casselberry, FL
Title #0089742564
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Loan or lien reported
02/03/2004     Florida
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Casselberry, FL
Title #0089782053
Title issued or updated
Loan or lien reported
07/21/2004     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Vehicle serviced
08/10/2004     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Alignment checked
08/17/2004   1,965   Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
10/07/2004     Bentley Downers Grove Luxury Motors
Downers Grove, IL
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entleydownersgrove.
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Vehicle serviced
12/31/2004     Bentley Downers Grove Luxury Motors
Downers Grove, IL
bentleydownersgrove.com/
entleydownersgrove.
com/
Shift lever knob/handle replaced
02/14/2005     Mercedes-Benz Of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne, IN
mbfortwayne.com
Vehicle serviced
02/24/2005     Bentley Downers Grove Luxury Motors
Downers Grove, IL
bentleydownersgrove.com/
entleydownersgrove.
com/
Vehicle serviced
03/01/2005   4,992   Dealer Inventory Vehicle offered for sale
 
Owner 2
Purchased:2005
Type:Personal
Where:Illinois
Est. miles/year:5,773/yr
Est. length owned: 3/22/05 - 11/15/07 (2 yrs. 7 mo.)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
03/22/2005     Illinois
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Hinsdale, IL
Title #X5081660689
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
05/05/2005     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Fluids checked
Oil and filter changed
Power seat switch replaced
Seat or seat upholstery repaired
Seat(s) checked
Interior trim repaired
Horn replaced
Electrical system checked
Vacuum hose(s) repaired
07/26/2005   8,888   Mercedes-Benz of St. Charles
Saint Charles, IL
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les.com/
Vehicle serviced
09/14/2005     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Recommended maintenance performed
GPS/Navigation module/computer replaced
Seatbelt height adjuster replaced/repaired
Tire pressure monitoring system checked
Throttle position sensor adjusted
10/07/2005     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Vehicle serviced
06/13/2006     Mercedes-Benz of Westmont
Westmont, IL
mercedesbenzofwestmont.com
ercedesbenzofwestmo
nt.com
Computer(s) checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Fuel injection system checked
Battery charged
Alternator replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed
03/08/2007     Mercedes-Benz of Naperville
Naperville, IL
mbofnaperville.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Wheel(s) replaced
Tire pressure sensor replaced
Tire pressure monitoring system checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Computer module replaced
Computer reprogrammed
Computer(s) checked
08/09/2007     Mercedes-Benz of Naperville
Naperville, IL
mbofnaperville.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Air suspension checked
Oil and filter changed
Electrical system checked
Emissions system serviced
AIR injection pump replaced/repaired
11/15/2007   22,206   Online Listing Vehicle offered for sale
11/16/2007     Mercedes-Benz of Naperville
Naperville, IL
mbofnaperville.com
Wheel(s) repaired
11/16/2007   22,261   Dealer Inventory
Naperville, IL
Vehicle offered for sale
11/28/2007     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Vehicle purchase reported
11/28/2007   22,264   Service Plan Co.
Marcus Hook, PA
Service contract issued
12/04/2007   23,375   Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
 
Owner 3
Purchased:2007
Type:Personal
Where:Pennsylvania
Est. miles/year:12,105/yr
Est. length owned: 12/26/07 - present (8 yrs. 2 mo.)
Date:Mileage:Source:Comments:
12/26/2007     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Marcus Hook, PA
Title #65477196IB01
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
Loan or lien reported
09/18/2008   37,206   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Electrical system serviced
09/19/2008     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Oil and filter changed
09/30/2008     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Radio/sound system checked
12/22/2008   40,954   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Suspension serviced
12/30/2008   40,956   Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
12/31/2008     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Steering/suspension checked
Power steering system bled
Electrical system checked
Four wheel alignment performed
Safety inspection performed
Emissions inspection performed
Emissions or safety inspection performed
05/21/2009   49,149   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Suspension serviced
Cooling system serviced
Transmission serviced
Steering system serviced
05/29/2009     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Transmission serviced
Power steering pump replaced
Oil and filter changed
Water pump replaced
Rear strut(s)/insert cartridge(s) replaced
Suspension serviced
Steering/suspension checked
06/26/2009   50,675   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Vehicle serviced
09/15/2009     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Levittown, PA
Title #65477196IB01
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
10/16/2009   57,337   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Safety inspection performed
Air filter replaced
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Brakes serviced
Fuel filter replaced
Oil and filter changed
Emissions inspection performed
Emissions or safety inspection performed
10/16/2009     Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
10/30/2009   57,590   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Vehicle serviced
07/24/2010   71,910   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Brakes serviced
07/27/2010     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Vehicle speed sensor replaced
Wheel speed sensor(s) replaced/repaired
Oil and filter changed
Wiper(s) replaced
Steering/suspension checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Fluids checked
08/27/2010   73,289   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Electrical system serviced
09/08/2010     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Radio/sound system checked
10/15/2010     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Vehicle serviced
11/04/2010   75,423   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Electrical system serviced
11/05/2010     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Vehicle serviced
11/16/2010   75,958   Service Plan Co. Service contract claim
Fuel system serviced
Cooling system serviced
11/19/2010     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Coolant temperature sensor replaced
Thermostat replaced
Fuel pump replaced
12/04/2010   76,666   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Safety inspection performed
Emissions inspection performed
Emissions or safety inspection performed
12/04/2010   76,668   Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
12/04/2010     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Levittown, PA
Title #65477196IB01
Registration issued or renewed
12/31/2010   77,795   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Rear brake pads replaced
09/01/2011   83,301   Service Plan Co.
Philadelphia, PA
Service contract issued
11/11/2011   86,837   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Gearshift indicator adjusted
Battery/charging system checked
Oil and filter changed
Fluids checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Steering/suspension checked
Tires rotated
Cabin air filter replaced/cleaned
Wiper(s) replaced
12/05/2011   86,980   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Emission system checked
08/29/2012     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Levittown, PA
Title #65477196IB01
Registration issued or renewed
11/21/2012   95,734   Inspection Station Passed emissions inspection
11/29/2012     Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Maintenance inspection completed
Washed/detailed
Two tires mounted
Four wheel alignment performed
Safety inspection performed
Tail light assembly replaced
Tire(s) replaced
Emissions inspection performed
03/11/2013   96,860   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Washed/detailed
Wheel speed sensor(s) replaced/repaired
06/29/2013   99,170   Mercedes-Benz of West Chester
West Chester, PA
yourmercedes.com
Washed/detailed
Rear brake rotor(s) replaced
08/10/2013     Pennsylvania
Damage Report
Accident reported
Vehicle involved in a rear-end collision
Involving left front impact
with another motor vehicle
Disabling damage reported
Vehicle towed
08/11/2013     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Levittown, PA
Title #6547719601 IB
Registration issued or renewed
10/25/2013     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Philadelphia, PA
Title #6547719601 IB
Title issued or updated
Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
11/04/2013   99,324   Pennsylvania
Damage Report
TOTAL LOSS VEHICLE
Vehicle declared a total loss
by an insurance company
Collision damage reported
  • There are many reasons an insurance company will declare a vehicle a total loss. Have this vehicle inspected by a qualified technician before you buy. Learn more
11/27/2013     Mercedes-Benz of Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, NJ
chmb.com
Vehicle serviced
 
 

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 3/8/16 at 1:30:56 PM (EST). New data will result in a change to this report.
Pennsylvania Damage Reports:
  • Provide an estimate of the extent of damage in its accident reports for the following:
    • DISABLED: The vehicle cannot be driven from the accident scene due to severe damage or an injury.
    • FUNCTIONAL: The accident damage is moderate and may affect 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 vehicle is towed from the scene or if an individual is injured
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 1991 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.
Total Loss Vehicle
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 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.
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®

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