2014 Ford F-150: Understanding the History
When shopping for a used vehicle, a savvy customer will likely want to explore the targeted ride’s history report. While acquiring these reports is rather easy, understanding all of the information is often easier said than done.
Fortunately, we’ll explain what all of this information means, providing some clarity to any potential buyers. Focusing in on a used 2014 Ford F-150 via The Faricy Boys in Colorado, let’s dissect all of the info…
Upon an initial look at a vehicle history report, prospective buyers should immediately catch some important bulleted information. The basic details include any accidents the vehicle has been involved with (none), the number of owners (one), the vehicle’s service history (two records), the location of the previous owner (Texas), and the mileage (13,405 miles). Via the “Ownership History” tab, drivers can also see the year the vehicle was purchased (2015) and the estimated length of ownership (15 months).
Drivers will also receive some essential personal vehicle information, starting with the official title of the vehicle (2014 Ford F150 SVT Raptor). Drivers can also see the vehicle’s VIN number (1FTFW1R60EFC07689), the type of vehicle (crew pickup), the engine (6.2L V8 SFI SOHC 16V), and the mechanical specifications (four-wheel-drive).
This section will alert the buyer of any specific damage the vehicle may have suffered. When it comes to the 2014 Ford F-150, the vehicle has been guaranteed for no issues.
“A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven states also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles – AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK, and OR.”
“A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.”
“A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.”
Loss Due To Fire Title
“The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.”
Flood Damage Title
“States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.”
Hail Damage Title
“The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.”
Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
“A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.”
Not Actual Mileage Title
“When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle’s actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.”
Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
“A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.”
This section of the history report will provide even more specifics on any anticipated issues. These history reports do an admirable job of focusing in on common issues.
Total Loss: no issues reported
“An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds approximately 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.”
Structural Damage: no issues reported
“All levels of accidents from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).”
Airbag Deployment: no issues reported
“Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other accident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.”
Odometer Check: no issues reported
“Rollbacks – odometer tampering to conceal a car’s true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
Rollovers – after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation)
Inconsistencies – conflicting mileage data means CARFAX cannot determine if it’s a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error).”
Accident/Damage: no issues reported
“Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle’s history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.”
Manufacturer Recall: no issues reported
“Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer’s attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.”
Basic Warranty: Warranty Active
“Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.”
This final section will provide specifics on the vehicle’s transaction and service history. For example, the 2014 Ford F-150 was originally purchased in San Antonio, Texas, and most of the vehicle’s maintenance and repairs were also performed in Texas.
Pretty easy to understand. Not all history reports will be as clean as the 2014 Ford F-150, so make sure you explore the analysis fully!