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
Hurricane Matthew pulled away from the east coast recently, but not before leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Residents in parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia are cleaning up, assessing the damage, and dealing with insurance claims, including for flood-damaged cars. Tens of thousands of flood-damaged cars may head … Continue reading Hurricane Matthew Aftermath: Flood Cars
Smash! You never saw it coming — a driver runs a red light, slams into the side of your vehicle, leaving behind a trail of twisted metal, broken glass and thousands of dollars in damage. Air bags saved the day for you and the other driver, but your car is a wreck. Depending on where … Continue reading When is Your Car a Total Loss?
More than 190,000 cars have their odometers rolled back every year, potentially costing victims in excess of $760 million in lost value and unexpected repairs.
There are over 212,000 cars on the road today in the US that have reported flood damage. Two thirds of flooded cars (133,173) can be found in just 10 states. Texas currently has over 30,000 flood vehicles–more than any other state. Next up is New Jersey with more than 28,600 Pennsylvania has more than 13,000 … Continue reading Flooded Cars on the Road in 2013 – An Infographic
When looking to buy a used car it is important to know how much the car that you are interested in is worth. Many different factors determine vehicle value, for instance, the year the car was manufactured, the mileage, the number of owners, the type of owners, if it had been in an accident, etc. … Continue reading How Hidden Damage Can Affect Used Car Values