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Getting info on car's history (archive)

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Posted by Shawn Anderson on December 24, 1999 at 16:46:31:

In Reply to: Help with Carfax Report and some other Q's posted by Andrew Buchler on December 24, 1999 at 14:25:24:

To me, the CarFax report gives very little information. First of all, I don't believe all states are included. Secondly, it's only title history. But I guess for the $20 it's still a good investment.

If I were really interested in finding about a car's history, I would try and get the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) information that Equifax (now ChoicePoint) has. It will tell you if the car has ever been stolen, in an accident, on fire, ect (even if not totalled) and how much the claim was for. It's used by insurance companies to see what losses have been filed against a car and/or person and it is very comprehensive. I'm not sure if this is available to the general public, but if you are on friendly terms with your insurance agent, they might be able to help you find out more about your car before you buy.

: Hi,

: I have found a seemingly very nice 1991 535i for sale. I drove the car last week and it seems nice. The OBC and instrument panel seems to fuction properly. The only problems noted were:

: 1) Power windows seem sluggish...may need to be lubed
: 2) One speaker puts out a crackling noise
: 3) Accelerator squeaks when depressed
: 4) Leather is dirty and/or worn (hadn't been cleaned by the dealer yet)
: 5) Auto close of sunroof by drivers key doesn't work
: 6) Minor discoloration of certain plastic items in the compartment.
: 7) Little dial over center vents seemingly does nothing

: The car has had the steering column replaced and all hoses and waterpump. I do plan on having it inspected before purchase by the local dealer. THe car has 89K and was supposedly owned by a elderly couple (thus explaining the low milage). Or so I was told by the dealer.

: I ran the carfax report and the link to it is below. Could someone please look over it and tell me if they see a problem. I see a large numbeer of liens against the car. Does this mean the car has changed hands this many times. I really did not go over the service history with the dealer but of course this will be done before I even think about purchasing it. I am not a very legal-minded person, so I am having trouble deciding if the report is good or bad. Can someone help me out please?

: Thanks,
: Andrew

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