carfax saved me from making a mistake

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Old 21 Feb 2006, 12:09 am   #1 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Default carfax saved me from making a mistake

If not for carfax.com, I might have purchased a car that 1) was a
rental vehicle; 2) was involved in a collision; and 3) was originally
purchased in the Washington DC area (I'm in California). I definitely
don't want to buy a rental vehicle, nor do I want to buy a car that was
in a collision.

VIN report - not bad for $25.

(I do not work for / am not affiliated with carfax in any way. Just
posting information that may be useful to others.)

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Old 21 Feb 2006, 08:11 am   #2 (permalink)
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It is also helpful to purchase only from the owner at their home, after
first inquiring "about the car for sale" - (ans. "which one"
disqualifies).

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Old 21 Feb 2006, 03:21 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> It is also helpful to purchase only from the owner at their home, after
> first inquiring "about the car for sale" - (ans. "which one"
> disqualifies).



The guy was the third owner, but he told me he was the second owner. I
got the feeling he didn't even know it had been a rental vehicle, or
that it had been in an accident. But at least he was upfront about
being from the East Coast.

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Old 25 Feb 2006, 09:52 am   #4 (permalink)
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onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote in news:1140556863.147577.83790
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> Daniel wrote:
>> It is also helpful to purchase only from the owner at their home,

after
>> first inquiring "about the car for sale" - (ans. "which one"
>> disqualifies).

>
>
> The guy was the third owner, but he told me he was the second owner. I
> got the feeling he didn't even know it had been a rental vehicle, or
> that it had been in an accident. But at least he was upfront about
> being from the East Coast.
>
>


A rental vehicle isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's nice to know the
whole story.
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Old 26 Feb 2006, 12:23 am   #5 (permalink)
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Nobody wrote:
> onehappymadman@yahoo.com wrote in news:1140556863.147577.83790
> @f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com:
>
> > Daniel wrote:
> >> It is also helpful to purchase only from the owner at their home,

> after
> >> first inquiring "about the car for sale" - (ans. "which one"
> >> disqualifies).

> >
> >
> > The guy was the third owner, but he told me he was the second owner. I
> > got the feeling he didn't even know it had been a rental vehicle, or
> > that it had been in an accident. But at least he was upfront about
> > being from the East Coast.
> >
> >

>
> A rental vehicle isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's nice to know the
> whole story.



On that note, what about lease vehicles? Are those who lease vehicles
obligated to change the oils and coolant regularly, on their own dime,
or are these covered by the dealership?

I'm just trying to gauge how much incentive those guys have to maintain
their vehicles.

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