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How can I get a free Carfax report for the car I just bought?

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There are many ways to get a free Carfax report on a recently purchased vehicle, including checking the Carfax website, checking vehicle inventory sites, visiting specific dealers' websites or asking for a Carfax report in person. A Carfax report details a vehicle's ownership and mileage history, and it may also include accident and service history.

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Carfax's online database contains information on thousands of cars, all of which come complete with free Carfax history reports. A car purchased from an independent dealer may also have a Carfax report on the site. Carfax's site allows users to search for cars by make, model, year, ownership or service history. Vehicle inventory sites, such as Auto Trader or Cars.com, also include free vehicle history reports from Carfax. If a car is purchased from one of these sites, there is often a link to a free Carfax report included. Many individual dealer websites also offer free Carfax reports. When browsing a dealer's site, look for links to free Carfax reports on individual automobile listings.

It is also possible to obtain Carfax reports from dealers in person. Many dealers keep these reports on file or can easily access them. Simply ask a dealer for a report when visiting the showroom. Private sellers can also provide Carfax reports. If a private seller is unwilling to do so, a buyer can purchase a Carfax report for themselves.

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