Carfax is a useful tool for buying a used car, but will it show up if I use Paintless Dent Removal to repair my car? The quick answer is maybe. Read on, we will explain.
First, How does Carfax work and protect me? A Carfax report is your window into a vehicle past! CarFax gets its data from insurance companies, the DMVs, and even the police to tell you about a car’s background. They piece together a history on nearly every car out there, whether you want them to or not! Their data-gathering team in Virginia adds about 3.5 million records a day, with a compiled total of about 15 billion records. (That’s a lot of data!)
Second, When you go to a Paintless Dent Repair shop, we are NOT required to turn in any repair information to CARFAX.
CARFAX is great because, in extreme cases, it can save you from buying a lemon, something that was in an extreme accident, or just a tiny one to the car collector. It is important to know. We have even seen cars that have been involved in crime sprees, and it can show up on the report.
Here are some of the things you SHOULD see on a CARFAX.
- Odometer readings and repair history
- Number of past owners
- Any accidents reported by DMVs, insurance companies, or police departments
- Whether the car’s a lemon or been salvaged or junked
- Whether a car was ever used as a fleet vehicle, autos used by businesses and often subject to lots of abuse
- Lien and repossession history
- Emission inspection statuses
- Manufacturer recalls and buybacks
When does paintless dent removal show up on a carfax? Usually, we see this happen with hail damage or a large dent that you go through your insurance to repair. We are not mandated reporters, meaning there is no law to tell or report any damage to Carfax. The beauty of Paintless Dent Removal is that there really is no trace of repair or damage since the paint is intact, and we are just manipulating the metal back to its original shape.
You can fight hail damage repair on a CARFAX because, as of 2021, we haven’t seen the category of “Hail Damage or PDR” on a report. Usually, it is reported as structural damage on the report. This is why it’s important to pull and watch your CARFAX, so you can file a grievance if this does happen to you.
If you have questions about CARFAX Reports, door dings, dents, or damage to your vehicle, please reach out to us at the shop. We would love to help clear anything up and understand how you want to proceed with your car’s repair. We are here to make your repair easy, seamless, and we are here to help. We want to get you back on the road with a car restored to its factory condition. Please give us a call or stop by the shop to estimate the damage. We want to explain the dent removal process to make things seamless and easy and get you back on the road and cruising. Call Us Today at 903-280-8190 or fill out our contact form here!