EarthWindandFire wrote:<snip> I'm a big believer in 3k mile oil changes with regular oil or 5k mile oil changes with synthetic. However, many of these reports show the neglect these cars suffer. .
The 3000 mi oil change is a thing of the past, has not been this way for years.
I use synthetic and change oil every 15,000 ... have been for many years. Zero issues encountered...cars over 120K miles etc.
So if you think a car is being neglected due to longer oil changing intervals ... I would suggest not looking at this portion of the carfax.
You can place some reliance on these reports but they are not gospel.
Two additional things can protect you:
1) a contract (have them state that no accidents occurred and that if discovered then that's on them; etc.)
2) a vehicle inspection by a mechanic who knows the vehicle better than you (many cars have their own quirks and mechanical issues that would be known more to a mechanic than a buyer or even the seller). Whenever I sell a car, I advise sellers to have a mechanic look at it (I don't want a pissed off "customer" either). If a person will not allow an inspection then move along...plenty of cars out there.