Vehicle identification numbers (VINs) were first used by auto manufacturers in 1954. Between 1954 and 1981, there was no standard format and VINs varied considerably between manufacturers. Under standards set by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), every car and light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-digit VIN in … 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?
I want to talk to you about a life-threatening used car scam. It involves crooked repair shops purposely not replacing your car’s air bags. Most people don’t know they’re victims until it’s way too late, but I’ve got five steps to help you avoid this fraud. Continue reading Top Five Steps to Avoid Air Bag Fraud
This week’s CARFAX Friday Video walks you through five things to check out when test driving a vehicle that you are thinking about buying. Straightforward advice, but believe it or not, some of these things are easy to overlook in the excitement of driving an unfamiliar car or truck.
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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.