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Carfax getting ducks in a row—again

November 22, 2010

Supporters of Carfax reportedly will seek to reintroduce legislation to make available any accident reports related to a vehicle offered for sale in Illinois, when the Illinois General Assembly returns to work in January. 

Similar bills stalled last spring (Senate Bill 1839) and in 2003, but Carfax has hired four influential lobbyists and has contracted with a public relations firm to bolster its campaign.


Dealers are urged to appeal to their senators and representatives to oppose the legislation. The state board of elections can identify area legislators


If the Carfax effort succeeds, companies that sell vehicle history reports would add accident information to their electronic reports. Detractors of the measure cite several faults, notably that Carfax would not guarantee the accuracy of any accident information in its history reports.


In other words, Carfax would not be liable for an incorrect report, which would harm the values of used vehicles, including customer trade-ins.


The data would come from the Illinois Transportation Department. Inaccuracies related to those accident reports are common. The reports also do not indicate whether damage should affect a vehicle’s resale price.