One question that I’ve had several inquires about is the ongoing battle of Autocheck Vs Carfax and which service is better? Lets face it, running a VIN number lookup to obtain a vehicle history report is one of the smartest things you can do when purchasing a used car. No matter which service you choose to use, AutoCheck or Carfax, both of them can arm you with valuable information and are well worth the money.
AutoCheck Vs Carfax: What service is priced better?
Going on straight value for the money, AutoCheck costs less than Carfax to run a single inquiry (As of right now, AutoCheck is $29.99 and Carfax is $34.99). AutoCheck also has an option where they allow you to run unlimited reports over a 30 day period for $44.99. CarFax’s answer to that is a 5 reports for $44.99 option.
I have to give the edge to AutoCheck when judging on price simply because they cost less and provide an unlimited reports option. While some people might only check out 5 different used cars before making a purchase, most people will take a look at many more. Having 30 days to run unlimited VIN number search reports is definitely an advantage and will help you make an intelligent purchasing decision.
AutoCheck Vs Carfax: Who provides more detailed reports?
This is a tough one for me because I’ve heard some people say that Carfax is more detailed while others think AutoCheck does a better job. I’ve personally pulled vehicle history reports using both services and can’t say that one is better than the other one.
Both AutoCheck and Carfax stand behind their products and offer a vehicle buyback program if their data turns out to be faulty. I can’t say that I’ve ever ran into any problems with the accuracy of both companies VIN number check reports so I don’t have any experience with either buy back program.
One thing I will say is that AutoCheck is backed by Experian who is one of the big 3 credit reporting agencies. Having Experian backing up AutoCheck is a definite plus and lends a ton of credibility to the product they provide.
As far as who provides better vehicle history reports, I have to say that this part of the AutoCheck vs Carfax competition is a draw.
AutoCheck Vs Carfax: Who does a better job marketing?
Most people have heard of Carfax simply because of their television commercials and clever advertising (ie. Show me the Carfax). While AutoCheck provides just as good, if not better product, they definitely lack on their marketing and haven’t become a household name.
So when it comes to marketing and advertising, the people at Carfax have done a great job creating a brand while AutoCheck has kind of hung out in the shadows. Of course, having catchy slogans shouldn’t matter to you simply because you are looking to get the most accurate VIN number lookup report for the least amount of money.
AutoCheck Vs Carfax: Which one do I suggest?
While I’ve used both AutoCheck and Carfax over the past several years, I usually steer people towards the AutoCheck VIN number lookup service simply because they are priced better and will allow you to run unlimited reports.
AutoCheck also provides an overall grade for each vehicle you review called an AutoCheck score. This score is a simple way to evaluate a vehicles history when checking out multiple used cars and trucks. Since many people that are new to the used car buying process might not know everything to look for on a vehicle history report, the AutoCheck score is a great way to see the overall quality of the used cars you are investigating. Therefore, in the Autocheck Vs Carfax debate, I’m going to have to side with AutoCheck.