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1997 MERCEDES-BENZ E420
VIN: WDBJF72F8VA236859
SEDAN 4 DR
4.2L V8 FI DOHC 32V
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
Standard Equipment
Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM Cassette, Power Brakes, Tilt Wheel, 6-digit Odometer
Safety Options
4 wheel ABS, Dual air bags front and sides/active (manual) belts
3000 N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252-441-1146
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Very minor damage reported
Very minor damage reported
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
CARFAX 1-Owner vehicle
Service information available
35 Service records available
Registered as a personal vehicle
Personal vehicle
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
CARFAX Price Adjustment
$1,970 Above retail book value
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Odometer Check
CARFAX analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
  • 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)
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Salvage Title
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.
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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.
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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.
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Structural Damage
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).
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Dismantled Title
The vehicle sustained major damage to one or more major component parts and the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value. When a Dismantled title is issued, the vehicle may be used only for parts or scrap metal. It cannot be re-titled or returned to the road.
Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
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.
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Manufacturer Recall
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.
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Total Loss
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.
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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.
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Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
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.
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Junk Title
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.
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Accident / Damage Indicator
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.
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Basic Warranty
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.
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Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
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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.
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Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.
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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.

Ownership History

The number of owners is estimated
Owner 1
Year purchased 1996 
Type of owner Personal
Estimated length of ownership 14 yrs. 6 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provinces New Jersey, North Carolina 
Estimated miles driven per year 10,036/yr 
Last reported odometer reading 146,683 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section
Owner 1
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon Guaranteed
No Problem
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits Guaranteed
No Problem
GUARANTEED - None of these major title problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you find that any of these title problems were reported by a DMV and not included in this report, CARFAX will buy this vehicle back.

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Owner 1
Total Loss
No total loss reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
Airbag Deployment
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues Indicated
Accident / Damage
Accident reported on 10/22/2012.
Very Minor
Damage
Manufacturer Recall
Check with an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer for any open recalls.
No Recalls Reported

Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased: 1996
Type: Personal
Where: New Jersey, North Carolina
Est. miles/year: 10,036/yr
Est. length owned: 10/9/96 - 4/28/11
(14 yrs. 6 mo.)
Low mileage! This owner drove less than the industry average of 15,000 miles per year.
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
10/09/1996   79   New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Westfield, NJ  
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Titled or registered as
personal vehicle
07/15/1998   28,339   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Tail light assembly replaced
08/20/1998   29,478   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Spark plug(s) replaced
Body lubricated
Tires rotated
One tire mounted and balanced
02/12/1999   37,800   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Tire condition and pressure checked
Throttle body cleaned/serviced
Fluids checked
07/30/1999   44,268   North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC  
Odometer reading reported
09/07/1999   44,921   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Tire(s) balanced
12/30/1999   49,921   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Four wheel alignment performed
Anti-theft/keyless system checked
Door locks checked
03/07/2000   52,728   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
06/05/2000   57,444   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
07/11/2000   58,730   Service Facility   Exterior light bulb(s) replaced
Safety inspection completed
09/27/2000   62,521   Service Facility   Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed
11/22/2000   63,413   Service Facility   Tires rotated and balanced
12/22/2000   64,225   Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
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Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Engine checked
Drivability/performance checked
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
MAF sensor replaced
Fuel injector(s) replaced
Exterior light bulb(s) replaced
05/18/2001   70,796   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Washed/detailed
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
Tires mounted and balanced
07/18/2001   72,756   Service Facility   Vehicle serviced
09/20/2001   75,905   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Speedometer recalibrated
Tire repaired
11/26/2001   80,801   Service Facility   Tire repaired
One tire mounted and balanced
01/02/2002   82,285   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed
Engine/powertrain computer/module checked
Drive belt(s) replaced
02/08/2002   83,747   Service Facility   AIR injection pump replaced/repaired
04/09/2002   86,797   Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
908-685-0800
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Maintenance inspection completed
Oxygen sensor replaced
Engine replaced
Doors checked
Window regulator(s) replaced
Door trim panel replaced/repaired
05/22/2002   88,601   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
Exterior light bulb(s) replaced
Battery replaced
Vacuum hose(s) replaced
07/23/2002   91,430   Service Facility   Brake pads replaced
Tires rotated and balanced
01/15/2003   98,632   Service Facility   Recommended maintenance performed
01/31/2003   99,436   Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
908-685-0800
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Recommended maintenance performed
Maintenance inspection completed
Engine checked
Body noise checked
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Antifreeze/coolant flushed/changed
11/14/2003   109,576   Service Facility   Oil and filter changed
Four wheel alignment performed
Tires rotated and balanced
01/08/2004   112,350   Service Facility   Fog light bulb(s) replaced
05/13/2004   116,628   Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
908-685-0800
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Maintenance inspection completed
A/C refrigerant recharged
Two tires mounted and balanced
A/C and heating system checked
04/13/2005   127,601   Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
908-685-0800
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.com/  
Maintenance inspection completed
Lower ball joint(s) replaced
Front brake rotor(s) replaced
Front brake pads replaced
07/21/2005     Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
06/27/2006     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #772391992118031  
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
07/11/2006     Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
06/18/2007     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #772391992118031  
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
07/12/2007   138,692   Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
07/01/2008     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #772391992118031  
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
06/19/2009     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #772391992118031  
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
08/28/2009     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #775602092404031  
Title issued or updated
Registration issued or renewed
Title or registration issued
Passed safety inspection
09/01/2009   144,224   Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
01/01/2010     Open Road Mercedes Benz of Bridgewater
Bridgewater, NJ
908-685-0800
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.com/  
Vehicle serviced
06/12/2010   145,176   Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
06/16/2010     North Carolina
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Kitty Hawk, NC
Title #775602092404031  
Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
04/28/2011   146,200   Dealer Inventory
Kill Devil Hills, NC  
Vehicle offered for sale
05/10/2011     Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
outerbanksjeep.com  
Vehicle offered for sale
03/06/2012   146,208   Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Vehicle serviced
10/22/2012     North Carolina
Damage Report  
Accident reported
Involving left front impact
It hit a parked motor vehicle
Very minor left front damage reported

CARFAX began reporting this information on 11/06/2012.

  • Minor damage is usually cosmetic, including dents or scratches to the vehicle body.
10/26/2012     Dealer Inventory   Vehicle offered for sale
01/17/2014     Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Safety inspection completed
08/18/2014   146,683   Outer Banks Chrysler
Kill Devil Hills, NC
252-441-1146
 
Recommended maintenance performed
Body electrical wiring repaired
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Glossary

Accident / Damage Indicator
CARFAX receives information about accidents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Different information in a vehicle's history can indicate an accident or damage, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. Not every accident or damage event is reported and not all reported are provided to CARFAX. Details about the accident or damage event when reported to CARFAX (e.g. severity, impact location, airbag deployment) are included on the Vehicle History Report. CARFAX recommends you obtain a vehicle inspection from your dealer or an independent mechanic.
  • According to the National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2007 edition, 7% of the 245 million registered vehicles in the U.S. were involved in an accident in 2005. Over 75% of these were considered minor or moderate.
  • CARFAX depends on many sources for its accident / damage data. CARFAX can only report what is in our database on 8/23/14 at 12:56:10 AM (EDT). New data will result in a change to this report.
CARFAX Price Adjustment™
Accidents, service records, number of owners and many other history factors can affect a vehicle's value. The CARFAX Price Adjustment is a tool that analyzes millions of used car transactions to measure how the combination of all the information reported to CARFAX affects the value of a particular vehicle. The vehicle's retail book value plus the CARFAX Price Adjustment will give you a more accurate measure of the vehicle's value. Use this tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.
First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.
Ownership History
CARFAX defines an owner as an individual or business that possesses and uses a vehicle. Not all title transactions represent changes in ownership. To provide estimated number of owners, CARFAX proprietary technology analyzes all the events in a vehicle history. Estimated ownership is available for vehicles manufactured after 1991 and titled solely in the US including Puerto Rico. Dealers sometimes opt to take ownership of a vehicle and are required to in the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Please consider this as you review a vehicle's estimated ownership history.
Title Issued
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