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Check out the car history before buying a used car

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Check out the car history before buying a used car

With all of the scammers out there, you would think that more people would investigate the history of the car they buy before they buy it, but this is not the case. I have been both a used car seller, and a used car buyer, and I can tell you that very few people are willing to put enough effort into finding out about car history. Many people don't even know that if you look at the number on the engine block, You can use it to find everything out about a particular car. You can find out if it has been in any accidents, how many owners it has had, what States it has been driven in, and if it has ever been totaled and rebuilt.

Importance of car history

Car history is important for many reasons. The most obvious one is that you don't want to buy a salvage title car. It is almost impossible to tell whether a used car is a salvage title vehicle just by looking at it. A car can be completely destroyed in a wreck and rebuilt from scratch, and it will look pretty new. Under the surface, however, there might be things wrong with it that only the car history will find out. The frame will probably be weaker and there might be small cracks in various components that will cause them to give out earlier in life. All in all, buying a salvage car is a bad investment.

Car used on road near ocean or during winter?

A car history can tell you more than whether or not a car has been in accidents. Sometimes you might not want to buy a car simply because of what state it has been driven in. I used to live in Michigan, so I know what I'm talking about. In Michigan, they put salt on the road every winter. As a result, all of the cars become corroded after a few years. The underbody will rust out, the doors will rest out, and the exhaust system will not last nearly as long. Similar things happen – although to a lesser degree – to cars that are driven near the ocean. If a car history tells you that the vehicle has been exposed to a lot of salt in its lifetime, you might want to look somewhere else. Even if you do decide to buy the car, it is nice to know. The more informed of a decision you can make, the more confident you can be in that decision.
Published: 2007-09-19
Author: Isabelle Chartrand

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