In 1954, automakers began using a vehicle identification number (VIN) for each vehicle they produced. Between 1954 and 1981, there was no standard format and VINs varied considerably between manufacturers. Under standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every car and light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-digit … Continue reading VIN Decoding
Doing a pre-purchase check on a used car could mean the difference between carefree motoring and spending a lot of time and money at the repair shop. Buying a car is one of the largest purchases that you will make in your life. Whether you decide to go with a new car or save a … Continue reading Used Car Buying Checklist
When you’re purchasing a used car, don’t forget to ask how many owners it has had. Finding this out is a vital part of the buying process. Many experts say that one-owner cars are often in better condition than comparable vehicles and as result they tend to be worth a bit more. Why Are One-Owner … Continue reading One-Owner Cars and Ownership History
Let’s face it, there’s no rosy spin one can put a car’s depreciation. Whether new or used, all cars lose value. But used car buyers have some advantages and can fare well if they do their homework. Here are five things to know about depreciation and buying used cars that will have you sitting pretty … Continue reading Car Depreciation: 5 Things to Consider
The past few years have seen an explosion in the amount of vehicles offered with all-wheel drive. From crossovers and SUVs to compact cars and flagship sedans, all-wheel drive is becoming a must-have feature for those who live in inclement climates. All-Wheel Drive Basics Let’s get a basic understanding of how all-wheel drive works before … Continue reading How Does All-Wheel Drive Work?
You’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on what you think is a quality used car. Perhaps you took out a loan to finance all or part of your new purchase. Then you get a knock on door from law enforcement and discover that your new car is a stolen vehicle, sold to you using … Continue reading VIN Check – Protect Yourself From VIN Fraud