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Should I trust free Carfax alternative?

I was browsing on the net for free Carfax reports. As I am on a tight budget right now, I cannot make additional purchases beside what I allotted for my car. Suddenly, I found this free VIN decoder site. Not sure if legit. Should I trust it as a reference, or should I still opt for a paid service with an established reputation like Carfax or AutoCheck?

P.S apologies if this was posted in the wrong sub-forum. Can't find the closest one here.

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All info is good info but it (including Carfax) is not always accurate. It is important...very important when buying a used car to

1. Take it to a frameshop to have it inspected for damage and proper repair

2. Take it to amechanic to not only scan for codes but to allow them to look "deep"into the code history which will tell what codes, when and how many times.

Yes, this will cost a few hundred dollars but, it you do not have the $ to pay for the inspection, you will have no idea exactly what condition the car is in and most likely, you will have repairs that will far exceed the couple of hundred dollars the inspection costs..... will likely end up with a car that is parked, broke.

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My dad recently sold a ‘97 Mustang GT convertible. The buyers ran a Carfax on it and it came back as having two owners and never wrecked. Neither of which is true. I think Dad is the third owner (at least) and I’m pretty sure that it has been in an accident at some point prior to his ownership.
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Carfax has actually refunded me my money in the past because their report came back good but after taking the vehicle to a body shop found out it had been wrecked, I 100% back Beechkid's advice.

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And each carfax will contain conditional wording, none reported. Keeps them out of court.

The reports are only as accurate as the information fed into ithem. It's still a buyer beware world out there.

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In my experience Carfax (or any other car-check service) is only viable if the owners take their cars into a dealership.
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