What does “Add ICBC Check” mean?

If a vehicle has ever been registered in British Columbia, it’s likely that at some point it had coverage from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC); the province’s public insurance provider.

ICBC can share damage, estimate and insurance information with CARFAX Canada for an additional fee of $20.00 plus tax. 

When purchasing a report for a vehicle with BC history, we recommend that you opt to include an ICBC check to ensure your report contains any known damage, estimate and/or insurance records ICBC may contain on the vehicle.

If you’re seeing this option during your transaction, that means our system has already learned that the vehicle does have BC registration history – meaning it could have damage records from ICBC.

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What does “auction announcement” mean?

The vehicle was sold at an auction and they announced a specific detail about the vehicle. We are partnered with certain auctions and display what they announce during the sale of the vehicle.

For example, ”auction announcement - accident repair” could mean this vehicle has been rebuilt from salvage.

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What does “cancellation” mean?

This term is used to describe the cancellation of a policy of insurance for a vehicle.

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What does "Disclosure" mean?


A disclosure is a fact or detail about the motor vehicle related to its past use, history or condition.

Some jurisdictions may require certain disclosures be made at time of sale.


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What does “grey market” mean?

An older term used for any vehicle that is imported into the U.S. that was not originally manufactured for the U.S. market.

Normally seen on old CarProof (now CARFAX Canada) reports.

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What does “incorrect VIN” (registration status) mean?

You may see this message when a registered vehicle’s VIN has been found in our search, but that VIN has an irregular configuration.

This is most likely to happen with the following vehicle types:

  • All-terrain vehicle
  • Boat
  • Camper/motorhome/RV
  • Classic vehicle (any vehicle manufactured prior to 1981)
  • Heavy equipment
  • Motorcycle
  • Personal watercraft (i.e. Jet Ski, Sea-doo)
  • Snowmobile
  • Trailer


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What does “reported at auto auction” mean?

This means the vehicle was registered for sale at a wholesale auto auction for dealers only. This is a common way for dealers and manufacturers to sell used and fleet vehicles to other dealers. Odometer readings and other announcements are recorded.

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What does “theft recovery” mean?

The vehicle was identified as having been stolen from its legal owner but was later confirmed to have been recovered by authorities.

Inspection of the vehicle is recommended.

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What does the "We couldn't verify your VIN" message mean?

This message means that we are unable to decode your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) because it does not exist, or it is a unique vehicle type that we are unable to decode. You may want to double check that you entered the VIN correctly.

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What do I need to order a CARFAX Canada report?

To order a vehicle history report, you will need a valid credit card or PayPal account for payment, an email address for us to send the report to and the VIN of the vehicle (optional).

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