Useful Tips & Tricks for Those Looking to Buy Used Cars

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The CARFAX Vehicle History Report uncovers hidden negative history before shoppers buy a used car from US. CARFAX Europe is a leading source of useful information for anyone looking to buy used cars. By utilizing its extensive knowledge about the used car market, finding the right car has never been easier. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report is a must-have for those who buy used cars.

If you’re a shopper looking for used cars under €5,000, just because you don’t want to spend a lot of money doesn’t mean you can’t still find a great car. While you may need to modify your search to include older vehicles, which often times come with higher mileage, this doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to enjoy the vehicle for years to come. There are many options in all vehicle classes that can still be safe, fun to drive, and affordable at the same time. CARFAX has put together a list of some of the best* used cars under €5,000, according to their vehicle class. ... » read more
​​​The popularity of the film franchise Fast and Furious has shone a spotlight on the world of modified cars. While not all modifications go to the extreme lengths seen in those films, many owners will make smaller modifications to their vehicles, such as installing aftermarket wheels, tinting the windows, or adding a new air intake. If you’re searching the used car marketplace, chances are you’ll come across some modified cars. The big question is, should you buy one? Read on to find out, as CARFAX Europe discusses the pros and cons of buying modified used cars. ... » read more
Due to the generally well maintained condition and relatively lower purchase prices, many Europeans are buying their used cars from Germany. Shoppers are lured in by the higher diversity of models as well. But just how much less can one get a used car from Germany than in the local used cars market? CARFAX sets out to explain just that, as well as the pros and cons to importing a car from Germany. ... » read more
How Europeans Can Get Free CARFAX Vehicle History Reports Smart European consumers rely on CARFAX Vehicle History Reports to assist them in deciding which used US cars to purchase. Knowing the history of a used car helps customers make a better buying decision. CARFAX Reports provide a summary of the vehicle history in detail. The vehicle history includes: the number of owners, inspection details, mileage history and may also include accident indicators, service records, and more. ... » read more
The saying “Trust, but verify” is based on an old Russian proverb and was made famous by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s when discussing the USA’s relations with the USSR. But the message is just as true today for would-be buyers in the used car sales context. Simply believing what a seller discloses to a prospective buyer about a used vehicle is wrought with potential pitfalls. It is neither practical nor wise to simply accept what a seller discloses when they are trying to get someone to buy their used car. ... » read more
Insights from a trustworthy used car dealer in Stockholm Buying a used car is a major investment and buyers want to feel confident in their decision. Trust is critical and, unfortunately, choosing the right car from the right seller often leaves us with uncertainties. The reasons for these uncertainties can be found in the lack of consumers’ mechanical knowledge, high transaction costs, reported criminal activities and, of course, the fear of the unknown events in a vehicle’s past. ... » read more
There are many positive reasons why to purchase a used car – but a lower financial investment is usually reason number one. Since the used car market isn’t tightly regulated and there are certain risk factors involved among the purchase of a used car, consumers often seem to need a “leap of faith” when they purchase a used car. But how big is the actual risk among purchase? The answer depends on two main factors. First is: who are you buying the vehicle from? Does the seller have a positive or negative history with the sale used vehicles? And second: how much do you know about the vehicle? ... » read more
VIN decoding is a way to unlock information contained in an automobile’s Vehicle Identification Number. VINs were first used by auto manufacturers beginning in 1954. Between 1954 and 1981, there was not a standard format and VINs varied considerably between manufacturers. Starting in 1981, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration in the United States set standards for all cars and light trucks model year 1981 or later so that each and every vehicle has a unique 17-digit VIN in a fixed format. ... » read more
If you're considering a used vehicle imported from the US, don't just ask how many miles it has – ask how many owners it's had, too. That's the advice from experts who say second hand cars that have had only one owner may be in better shape than cars that have had multiple owners. Many one-owner cars are relatively new, have fewer miles on them and less overall wear and tear. While these cars may cost a bit more, the chances of a new owner having to unexpectedly pay for major repairs could decrease dramatically. ... » read more
When it comes to buying used cars imported from the US, what you don’t know can hurt you Most Europeans buying a used vehicle, after making a price comparison, simply have to rely on what is written in a vehicle’s service book and the trustworthiness of the seller. ... » read more
Every US car and light truck model year 1981 or later has a unique 17-character VIN number. A VIN has many important uses, including unlocking important information about a vehicle's history. VINs also have many other important uses. For example, service shops use VINs to identify the engine, transmission and brake systems installed by manufacturers so that they can properly service vehicles. Law enforcement agencies use VINs to identify and recover stolen cars and car parts. Auto manufacturers use VINs when they resolve safety recalls. ... » read more