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CATA board monitoring Carfax reports

November 22, 2010

Lobbyists for several industries convinced Illinois lawmakers not to grant Carfax its desire for access to the state’s vehicle accident data, concerned the data is rife with error and would depress values of customer trade-ins. 

Carfax has steered similar access into law in several other states. This year’s failed legislation was not the first attempt by Carfax to pass a law in Illinois for access to the Transportation Department’s vehicle-specific information, and it likely will not be the last.


Directors of the CATA want to begin readying now for the next Carfax maneuver. They want their fellow dealers to submit to the CATA copies of accurate and inaccurate Carfax reports they have encountered. 

Carfax officials have conceded that even after an odometer reading is proven inaccurate, the reading would not be removed from the Carfax report. Monetary damages caused by inaccurate accident reports could be monumental for dealers and their customers.                   


Send any reports to the CATA in Oakbrook Terrace, so that the association’s lobbyists can prepare now for the next battle.