Experian One-Ups Carfax With Free Vehicle Checks On eBay

November 11, 2009

Buying or selling a vehicle on eBay Motors? You no longer need to worry about paying separately for an outside vehicle history check. It's now automatic and free, covering all vehicles for sale on the site, for model years back through 1981, thanks to a new exclusive agreement between the auctioning company and AutoCheck.

According to Automotive News, the new reports will be automatic, with no opportunity to opt out.

From Experian Automotive, the AutoCheck service provides vehicle history reports that highlight accidents, flood damage, or issues with odometer rollback, assigning a numerical score from one to 100.

“Now buyers have a much deeper level of confidence in their purchase, at no additional out-of-pocket costs," said Nicolas Franchet, eBay Motors' senior director of U.S. vehicles, in a release today. CarFax reports will still be available from the eBay Motors site at an additional charge.

Used vehicles represent 81 percent of U.S. vehicle sales, according to Experian Automotive, and the company says that AutoCheck picks up on twice the number of reported accidents as the competition—almost surely Carfax. Although Carfax is still the best-known vehicle history report, Experian has been inching into the market and the eBay deal could be a game-changer.

[Automotive News, Experian Automotive]

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