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We are an association of consumer advocates that are sick and tired of the dirty business practices of used auto dealers. We offer free car fact checks to avoid rip-offs.

We outline ways for working class Americans to avoid buying lemons, suffering financial loss and excess emotional distress at the hands of a greedy used car dealership.

Find a VIN Number
You can find your vehicle's VIN number from the car itself. A VIN is visible on the lower right hand (driver's side) corner of the dash when looking through the front windshield. The VIN is need for used car fact reports. The VIN is also printed inside the drivers door on the frame. You may also find the VIN on registrations, titles and proof of insurance cards.

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Get a Free Used Car Check or get a complete Car History Report online for any used car. You will need a VIN number. Locate the VIN Number Here.

FREE CAR TITLE SEARCH

Buying a used car is for most of us the second largest investment we will make in our lifetime, next to our home. When choosing the right used car, we believe that you should know all the facts by both checking the used cars title and having it inspected by a professional. If you haven't found the right used car yet, here's a quick guide to help you through the whole buying process.

  1. Choosing the right used car

  2. Knowing what it's worth

  3. Finding your used car

  4. Getting all the facts

  5. Always know the used car's title.

  6. Have the used car inspected by a professional.

  7. Who are you buying from?

  8. Are there any outstanding liens?

  9. Are there any outstanding recalls?

  10. Protection & Security


Choosing the right used car
Choosing the type of used car you want and need is a very personal decision. Sport utility? Truck? Family Sedan? Sport Coupe? Convertible? Performance? There are several very good buying guides and magazines available to help you make that decision. They have a good section of used car reviews from selected manufacturers dating as far back as 1991. It's always a good idea to do your homework and do some research on the type of used car your looking for.

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Knowing what it's worth
Once you've picked out the type of used car you want, this is when the fun starts. We recommend that you compare the prices of several similar used cars in your vicinity to get a feel for the prices ranges and to make sure that the used car you are looking at falls within the ballpark. If you don't know much about used car prices, find a price guide. Spend the couple bucks for the price guide and you might save hundreds or even thousands when buying a used car. Get a Free Car Title Search and save money.

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Finding your used car
Finding your used car is becoming easier all the time. There are a growing variety of sources where you can find used cars for sale. One of the more renown and reputable sources is the Trader publications. They are all available for viewing online at autotrader.com.

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Getting all the Facts
Once you've found a few used cars you'd like to consider for purchase, always remember these two points that we mentioned earlier:

1. Always know the used car's title. Get a Used Car History Search

There are several reasons why knowing the used car's title is crucial. The more informed you are about the used car you're considering for purchase, the more confident you'll be with your purchase decision. As a buyer, you have a right to know the complete title of the used car for sale.

Has it been written-off, junked, salvaged, scrapped or destroyed? Was it rebuilt or stolen? Is the mileage accurate or has the odometer reading been tampered with? Could it be a lemon? Was it a rental used car or a taxi? According to a recent Consumer Reports Special Report, about half of the annually estimated 2.5 million used cars totalled each year in North America are sold at salvage auctions, rebuilt and put back on the road.

An used car title search combined with a thorough mechanical inspection provides the answers, gives you peace of mind, and can help you avoid problem used cars.

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Have the used car inspected by a professional

A proper inspection can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Sometimes it takes more than just kicking the tires or checking under the hood to see if a used car is in good shape. Be sure that you get the inspection done by a reputable and honest service / inspection station. Have them lift the used car up on a hoist and look for any signs of accident damage and leaks, this could uncover any unsearched damages and wear that may not appear on a used car title search.

Along with an used car title search and an expert inspection, there's a few more things that should all be considered when making a purchase decision. Such as getting a car history report before making a decision.

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Who are you buying from?
Is the used car on a dealer lot or is it being sold privately? There's a common perception that buying from a dealer is much safer than buying privately. In a lot of cases, that can be true because the dealer, when taking in a trade, will generally check for salvage title to make sure that they are not getting ripped off themselves. Plus, a lot of dealers will do thorough inspections on site for their own protection as well as yours. But unfortunately a large number of the used cars on any used car lot are usually not from trade-ins, but rather purchased at auction with an often unknown title. It's always a good idea to find out from the dealer where the used car originated and ask them for an used car search.

Buying privately can sometimes be riskier, but at the same time you now have the opportunity to find out some facts. Find out why the owner is selling the used car. Get any available service records and damage searchs. No matter who you're buying from, remember to always get a used car title search.

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Are there any outstanding liens?
Conducting your due diligence by performing a lien search before buying a used car is no different than finding out if a house has a mortgage on it before purchasing it. Knowing if there is a secured 3rd interest on the used car is a definite must. According to Ron Giblin, former vice president of the Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau (ICPB) and CEO of Lien Quest, "The stolen and embezzled used car industry costs the used car industry about $1 billion a year in Canada." Any party with secured interest on the used car often has the right to collect by any means necessary, including repossession, no matter who the current owner is. When a used car is brought to another jurisdiction (sold to someone in another province or state), litigation can be quite costly to prove that it was purchased under the notion that no liens were outstanding. Even then, the chances of getting the original perpetrator to pay off the lien are slim, "Someone is going to pay somewhere down the line," Giblin said. "The last guy on the totem pole gets stuck with the bill."

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Are there any outstanding recalls?
For you and your passengers safety, it's always a good idea to find out if there are any outstanding recalls on your used car. Online databases such as www.nhtsa.dot.gov has recall information of all used car makes and models. A used car report may also provide important information.

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Protection & Security for you and your used car
After you've taken all the necessary steps to ensure that you make the right buying decision and you have full confidence in your purchase, we recommend that you protect your new investment. Any used car could at any time suffer from breakdowns and is vulnerable to theft.

These days the prices for automobile repairs have skyrocketed making it a virtual necessity to have extended warranty coverage. There are a lot of companies offering various extended warranty plans, some are good and some are not so good.

While a good extended warranty can save you thousands in the event of a breakdown, it cannot protect your used car from theft. Law enforcement agencies and insurance companies agree that one of the best anti-theft protection systems is VINGuard's proven window etching system.

Get a Free Car History Report or get a complete Used Car Report online for any used car. You will need a VIN number. Locate the VIN Number Here.


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