What is a CarProof report?
Information available through a CarProof report gives a used car buyer piece of mind by providing critical information for vehicles in or from Canada.
The report can verify whether the seller has neglected to disclose important information about the vehicle for sale and allow the buyer to see the history of the car they would like to purchase.
Prime Auto Ltd. is proud to offer CarProof reports on their pre-owned inventory.
The used vehicle you buy may have been previously purchased by someone on credit or lease, or may have been used as collateral for a loan and may still have a valid lien registered against it in its current Province, or even in a Province where the car was previously registered. If you buy a vehicle with a lien properly filed against it you could have that vehicle taken away from you by the bank or lien holder.
There is no other automated internet vehicle history service that provides lien information from every Province and Territory in Canada (excluding Quebec). This is the major difference between CarProof and services like Carfax that are based in the United States. Carfax does not provide lien and security interest data from Canada in their vehicle history reports.
Accident And Collision Damage
There are two ways that CarProof reports provide this information. First, all CarProof reports check live (in real time) every province and territory in Canada, as well as every state in the United States through Experian Automotive’s 20 billion record database, to determine if the vehicle has been registered by any jurisdiction as Salvage, Rebuilt or Non-repairable. A vehicle that has one of these registration brands, in Canada or the U.S., has been in an major accident.
The other way that CarProof reports provide accident damage information is through the insurance industry in Canada. The CarProof Verified and CarProof Claims report products provide accident claims data from the private insurance industry in Canada. This information includes any accident damage that has been processed by a private insurance company for claim payment.
Please note, that CarProof does not provide accident claims data for vehicles when they were insured in Quebec, Manitoba or Saskatchewan.
Stolen Or Cloned Vehicles
Buying a used vehicle that is registered as stolen seems like something that would never happen to you, but what if it was registered as stolen in another jurisdiction? Or worse yet, what if the vehicle you are buying is stolen, but the VIN (of your stolen vehicle) has been replaced with a VIN of another vehicle that is currently registered as Normal somewhere else? This duplicate VIN cover-up is called vehicle cloning and it happens more regularly than people think. If you buy the vehicle with the correct VIN everything will be fine, but if you buy the vehicle that is really stolen and has a forged VIN you may likely have the vehicle taken away by its lawful owner. If that happens, your only recourse will be against the seller of your vehicle.
Since CarProof Verified and CarProof Claims reports provide registration from Canada and the United States, and insurance coverage data from the private insurance industry in Canada, you are able to look at the date chronology of the VIN to determine if it has duplicate or cloned activity. If you receive a report with chronology please be sure to have the vehicle inspected by a law enforcement agent who is trained in confirming a vehicle’s true identity.
Odometer Fraud Or Roll Back
One of the most common ways to determine the useful life of a used vehicle is by knowing how many miles the vehicle has driven so far. Wholesale and retail vehicle values rise and fall based on the vehicle’s odometer reading. CarProof makes every attempt to provide reliable odometer data as a guide for consumers in determining whether a vehicle’s odometer reading has been altered. CarProof believes that the inclusion of too much unreliable odometer data in its reports can unfairly create problems that are not justified. Please use careful judgment when analyzing odometer data.