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Back in 2008, I was not aware of the importance of checking your VIN or what VIN is. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) sounded so foreign to me. I was looking looking for a car found a Honda Civic 2007 for a good price. It felt like a great deal and I took the offer without doing a VIN check / inspection. Within the first few weeks, the car started making unsettling noises and I decided it was time to take it to the doctor.
Well, being my regular naive self, I went around to get quotes to fix it. The cheapest was $10,000 for the car that I bought for $15,000. I gave up and declared the car to be salvage and off it goes. Got rid of it and never looked back.
The vehicle had 32 records on it - ranging from a deployed airbag, numerous accidents and transmission issues. None of this was mentioned by the seller beforehand. If only I had done a VIN check, things would have been different.
Since then, I never bought a vehicle without doing these two thorough checks on it:
However, I noticed that a number of my friends were not aware of the importance of doing both of these checks before making a purchase. Some of them made the same mistake that I did.
This made it clear that there would be many more people like my friends and myself. In order to prevent this and create awareness towards the importance of VIN checks, we started this website. Buying a vehicle should not be that tough and we should always be able to enjoy our purchases.
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