Free Online Help in Buying Used Cars
The spending/saving tip of this post is really part of my belief that buying a new car is generally a bad financial decision. I have spoken in the past about people using lame excuses for buying new cars. So, if I can do a little something to help used car buyers, all the better.
Now some of this same information is available online, for free. The National Insurance Crime Bureau has introduced its VINCheck service. This site allows you to enter a VIN for a vehicle you are considering purchasing. VINcheck will then check its database to see if the vehicle has ever been reported stolen or declared a total loss by any affiliated insurance company.
The VINCheck report is not as comprehensive as a Carfax report but it is quick and it is free. This makes it a good first step in making a decision about whether a prospective used vehicle is the right one for you.