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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

I am using the power of the internet to spread the word to AVOID AUTOCHECK.COM and go with the tried and true Carfax.

Autocheck's website advertised, among other things, "Easier to Understand", which is complete BS with my experience. The Autocheck score is useless, doesn't even explain how it gets the score. The Full History Report doesn't show a record or transfer of previous owners just a "calculated # of owners and a number. And on top of that the car I was checking on showed "Auction Auto Announced as Frame Damage."
Of course that raises a red flag, but I see no history of an accident reported and the original owner ('lil old lady) said she's never been in any accidents. Emailed Autocheck asking for an explanation (they don't have a phone number listed by the way), and got no reply. I finally got a hold of Experian over the phone thanks to my Credit Card company and the operator says that it could OR could not be actual frame damage. She mentions that auction companies sometimes use that label to avoid liability. I say that's messed up!!! So it could or could not be red flag, but one only knows. Anyhoo, with the confusion, I asked for a refund, which of course I'm not gonna get.
Went and bought a Carfax report and was very happy with using them, AGAIN. Still though...wasting $30 just to go back to spend another $30 on another website, sigh...just sucking it up to experience.
Learn from me, just use Carfax.


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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

Our dealer uses autocheck and that shit has EVERYTHING from the dates it was register or regeistered to the dates of accidents etc etc. And what does Experian the credit company know or have to do with autocheck????

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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

my dealer gave me an autocheck report and it was like ten pages, it covered everything.

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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

[quote author=3driverPA link=topic=155826.msg3320995#msg3320995 date=1252708666]
Our dealer uses autocheck and that shit has EVERYTHING from the dates it was register or regeistered to the dates of accidents etc etc. And what does Experian the credit company know or have to do with autocheck????
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See thats the thing.  I'm sure Dealers love Autocheck, it is thorough and to be honest, I can understand the report with some heavy delving.  But just for the plain 'ol consumer, they won't understand jack.

Autocheck is simply Experian in disguise!!  Seriously, look at the website. :P


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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

I think autocheck is more in depth than carfax
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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

Its just as easy to understand as carfax. Not to be rude but if you can understand a blue bubble means there's an issue in the particular field and green bubble means it checks out, well thats on you.

IE:

Frame damage reported: (green bubble) that mans good

or

Frame damage reported: (Blue Bubble) that means bad and at the end of the list it will say what all the blue bubbles are and why.

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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

3DriverPA: You're not being rude at all, you're just trying to clarify. I like a good discussion.

Theres no doubt Autocheck is more detailed and thorough than Carfax. Oh sure, when everything is all "green checkmarks" thats fine and dandy, but in just, my experience, when trouble popped up, Autocheck was very vague on explanation. Example pulled from report: "Frame Damage - Title and ProblemCheck - A wholesale Auto Auction has reported that the vehicle has frame damage, which can weaken the structure of the vehicle."
Ok, so when I saw this I was like, "Holy crap, frame damage!!" Then follow up questions would be, "When and where did this damage happen?", "Why isn't there an accident reported on the car if this is true?", "Is the previous owner lying? (lying old witch!!)". Those things couldn't be answered by the operator, or further info was lacking.
I'm probably nitpicking, sure, that's given. But it is my own individual experience, and I'm using mine as an example to help others with making a decision.


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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

[quote author=Hawaii3XTACY link=topic=155826.msg3321056#msg3321056 date=1252711388]

Theres no doubt Autocheck is more detailed and thorough than Carfax.
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Also not to be rude, but with the above quote, this thread is an instant fail. Autocheck offers everything and more than Carfax does, and doesn't have a seriously questionable legal history to go along with it.

There's a reason Carfax faced a class action lawsuit, and it wasn't because their reports came smelling out rosy from the printer. It's because they oversold and under delivered. I'll never pay a dime for a Carfax again, period.

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Re: Carfax vs. Autocheck. Go with Carfax!!!!

I'm using Autocheck... its pretty good, but yes, vauge in terms of the damage info. Although it does list case numbers and the city usually where it occured.

I've had an instance where there was a free carfax and I did both. Carfax on one occasion showed the dealer did maintenance, but Autocheck didn't. Also, a carfax showed a damage but Autocheck didn't.

But on another occasion the carfax didn't show a damage that an autocheck did.

Ithink both can be better. I saw a car today that Autocheck said no damage, but there was obvious repainted on the front and the roof was damaged.

My main beef with AC is that i've checked SOOOO man VINs because I'm looking for my mom in law and she is extremely limited (under 4K) so I've looked at probably 40 or more cars already. Every so often AC tells me that "unlimited" is ordinarily 25 reports, and I have to check the box sayng I'm consumer and put my phone number in. i've don it like 4-5 times already... worried they might try and charge me soon for each report..


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