How To Research A Used Car’s History

images-10.jpgIf you’re purchasing a used car you need to find out as much history as possible about it. The car may have problems that are not apparent from a visual inspection or a test drive and leave you calling for emergency roadside assistance.

A car history report is a good way to find out what you’re getting. This is a report prepared by a third party that is a compilation of information from DMVs, RMVs, and other sources. A car history report will give you an overview of what the car has been through.

When getting a car history report look out for the following things. This is not to say that you shouldn’t buy the car based on these issues, but certainly ask questions.

If a car has had a lot of owners, chances are it hasn’t been cared for lovingly. These cars have probably endured more abuse.

Some areas of our country are easier on vehicles than others. For example, extreme winter conditions are tough on vehicles, as are flood areas and extreme heat.

Make sure the name and description of the car match up with the actual car. Read the description carefully to rule out vehicle fraud.

Car history reports, such as those from CARFAX are comprehensive and can save you from purchasing a lemon. Just performing this simple step may save you from having to call for auto road service.

Posted on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at 9:14 am In Road Service  

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