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What's a VIN?
A VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique "fingerprint" assigned to a vehicle to allow it to be identified. All vehicles currently made in quantities over 500 are required to have a VIN number assigned to them.
Buying a used car can be a stressful process. Unlike buying a new car from a dealer that comes with the comfort of a factory warranty and an unwritten history, buying a used car is like inviting a stranger into your home. There are the facts that someone previously has owned the car, and its condition is based on that person’s ability to maintain it. You’re spending potentially thousands of dollars on the word of some guy you just met on the Internet who obviously has an incentive to do what it takes to sell the car you’re interested in. Wouldn’t you like a way to verify his claims? That’s where the vehicle history report comes in.
The 2013 Ford Shelby Mustang is a big hit for muscle car fans. Putting on an amazing 662 HP it's the highest horsepower vehicle Ford has ever entered into production. Is it the ultimate winner in the horsepower wars?
In 1999 I walked into my local Plymouth dealer. I was destined to be married in the next 10 days but I can't really say that was on my mind. I was more browsing than anything else, until I saw the shining black Prowler sitting in the middle of the show room. I have to say any form of rational buying decision went completely out the window. I sat down with a salesman (who obviously knew he had an easy battle) and wrote up the car that very day.