Carfax and vAuto have joined forces to offer dealers vehicle history information on auction vehicles at a glance and with fewer online clicks.
Dealers that subscribe to both Carfax Advantage, which allows unlimited vehicle history reports, and either vAuto’s Provision or its AuctionGenius used-vehicle inventory management software can see whether a vehicle has experienced significant events such as reported accidents. That information is indicated by icons that show up in the search result without opening the listing.
For example, a white check mark in a green box means “no accident or issue reported,” a brown briefcase indicates former “corporate use” and a white envelope with a blue and white FYI tucked inside means that the “vehicle has an open recall.”
It also enables dealers to save time by setting parameters to filter out vehicles they want to see -- say, those that have had only one owner and a clean history -- from those they have no interest in. Typically, a dealer searching for vehicles would have to click to open the listing and click at least one more time to read the accompanying Carfax report.
The idea is to help dealers make quicker decisions when shopping for vehicles at the auction, a vAuto spokesman said.
“It’s a significant undertaking to bring tens of thousands of Carfax Reports and auction vehicles together in a manner that allows dealers to know right away if a vehicle matches their acquisition criteria,” Randy Kobat, general manager of vAuto, said in a statement.
“Dealers trust Carfax and we made it a priority to bring their trusted information to the forefront of the auction acquisition process.”
VAuto’s software platform includes several wholesale auction providers, including Manheim, ADESA and Ally Financial Inc.’s SmartAuction.
Cox Automotive owns both vAuto and Manheim. IHS Inc. owns Carfax.