One of the most important safety features of your car is the one you can’t see – the car’s structure*. A car’s structure is the foundation on which the entire car is built; therefore your safety depends on it. Vehicles used to have a body-on-frame construction, which were built for durability; today most vehicles are … Continue reading Structural Damage 101
“Parked the van, came in, and sat around watched TV, whatever, and went to bed. About 11:30 the wife took the dog outside and noticed smoke that had caught fire from an electrical recall they had that was under the driver seat. Having the CARFAX information, especially the recall information is important, because it … Continue reading Incredible Story of Burned-Out Van from Unfixed Recall
Millions of vehicles are issued salvage titles in the United States every year. Many of these cars are repaired and sold, sometimes by sellers who fail to report, or try to hide the salvage title. CARFAX can help consumers protect themselves from unknowingly buying a salvage vehicle. Salvage Cars A salvage vehicle is … Continue reading What’s a Salvage Title?
The structure of a vehicle provides it with strength and is the platform to which the rest of the components are mounted. There are two types of vehicle structures commonly used: frame (or body on frame) and unibody. Frame (body on frame) A framed car has a frame that runs the length of the vehicle … Continue reading Frame vs. Unibody Cars
Besides a trip to the dealer for repairs, recalls can cause little hindrance to car owners, if taken care of in a timely manner. Vehicle recalls are quite common; in 2011 alone there are 155 recalls that affect more than 4 million vehicles. Recalls may be required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) … Continue reading Don’t Let a Recall Put You in a Tough Spot