Vehicle ID Number (VIN) can be found on dashboards and title
documents. All cars and light trucks built after 1981 have
a unique 17-character VIN that contains valuable information
about that vehicle's history.
Tip: To check used vehicles while you shop, be sure to ask
the dealer/seller for the VINs.
Sweetened consumer incentives, enhanced vehicle lineups and an improving
U.S. economy lifted new car and truck sales in last November, automakers
reported - source: Business
AP. Most analysts predicted sales of new cars
and trucks to rise last month from October and a year ago thanks
to hefty showroom bargains, which are likely to continue for the
remainder of the year. Many automakers also improved incentives
to end 2002 as they tried to meet year-end sales goals. Also helping,
analysts and automakers said, is a strengthening economy that bodes
well for business heading into 2004.
Since more people
buying new cars, there are also more used cars offered for sale
on the market. With Internet growing popularity consumers has been
using Internet as the source for searching information, shopping
products and services. Lemon History Check has been providing free
CARFAX vehicle history report service via Internet since December
1996 - Carfax
history. Consumers have been using CARFAX vehicle
history report since 1996, which was the first year it is made available
to consumers. With the Internet access, consumers can gain the same
instant access to vehicle history reports, which was already available
to used car dealers via fax since 1986.
The CARFAX database
is the most comprehensive and accurate vehicle database in North
America, containing 2.36 billion vehicle history records that are
updated monthly - source,
data provided and its meaning. Each record reveals
information about a car's history, such as an odometer reading,
date a salvage/junk title was issued, or if it was a rental car.
The following are the data reported:
- Totaled in
an accident / Salvaged
- Flood damage
- Lemon histories
- Junked Titles
- State emissions
- Lien activity,
- Vehicle use
(taxi, rental, lease, etc.)
- Over the
last year, CARFAX has added several enhancements to its report
and to its user websites to better serve the needs of used car
buyers and sellers. The Safety and Reliability Report is free
with the purchase of Unlimited CARFAX History Reports and includes
information such as: crash test results, safety recalls, reliability
ratings, warranty information and more.
- CARFAX vehicle
service report provide Safety data on the specific
make, model, and year.
This information will help you select a vehicle model that meets
your expectations for safety and security. - Safety
& Reliability Report
Test Results - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) provides 3 different ratings - full-width frontal
crash test, side impact crash test, and rollover resistance.
The frontal crash test indicates how well the safety features
and restraints will protect an occupant in a head-on collision.
The side-impact test conveys the chance of a severe chest
injury, while the rollover resistance rating estimates the
risk of rolling over in a single vehicle crash
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) uses a frontal
offset crash test to estimate the crashworthiness of a vehicle.
These results are good indicators of how a frontal impact
will structurally impact this Year, Make, Model.
- Low Speed
Damage Repair - IIHS conducts four 5 mph crash tests to assess
bumper performance. These results convey how well this model's
bumpers will protect the car body from damage in low-speed
Injury, Collision, & Theft rating index - sourced
from the IIHS, Highway Loss Data Institute.
Recalls - Print out of the manufacturer recall date, units
potentially affected, NHTSA campaign number, defective part
or component, and description of the recall campaign.
data are shown on your CARFAX report.- Safety
& Reliability Report
Use this information to check how reliable a vehicle model is
before you buy.
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