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Comment by SharonH on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 03:49 PM)
Carfax is only one tool to use when considering a purchase, and it is a poor one at that. It can only contain what has been reported, thus a lot of "d...
Comment by Laurie on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 04:57 AM)
Unfortunately, many people think Carfax is like gold. But, it is only as good as what is reported, which may be incomplete or incorrect. Shop makes ...
Comment by Tom Hargrave on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 03:34 AM)
CarFax is a private business and there is no legal requirement to report ANYTHING done to your car to your local Government, much less CarFax. For exa...
Comment by Clyde on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 11:36 PM)
"... an auto mechanic you trust..." Oxymoron? ;)...
Comment by Jim B. on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 10:48 PM)
Quick story; we bought our daughter a used Subaru Impreza from a local dealer who provided us with a clean Carfax report. About a year later we took ...
Comment by Reggie on Time To Ban Caller-ID Spoofing (Again)? (April 20, 2018 10:48 PM)
I refuse to answer any number I don't know period. If you want me to call back, leave a message. My daughter, however, answers most calls and someti...
Comment by Reginald Mastengie on Time To Ban Caller-ID Spoofing (Again)? (April 20, 2018 10:47 PM)
I refuse to answer any number I don't know period. If you want me to call back, leave a message. My daughter, however, answers most calls and someti...
Comment by Reggie on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 10:14 PM)
As Bob said, Never rely on one source. I used to use Autocheck back when it was free for car shopping. When they started to charge for every report, ...
Comment by jimmie1749 on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 08:19 PM)
My wife drove her car off the edge of the road just barely into a ditch. We could not back it out and needed a tow truck. There was some front suspens...
Comment by bobrice on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 07:47 PM)
As Bob noted, one should not rely on a single anti virus or malware program. It's the same with CarFax an others. They are simply one tool and they pr...

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[AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable?


If you've shopped for a used car in the past few years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a used car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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[DRIVE] Trading Privacy for a Discount?

Old-school car insurers are using new-fangled “connected car” technology to save drivers up to 30% on their auto insurance premiums, while making driving safer and more fun. Sounds good, right? But the devil is in the details...

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5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology

Cars as people know them have reached the end of their life cycle. In the past 100 years or so they’ve come an incredibly long way, but a new trend is just around the corner. It’s no longer going to be an evolution of already existing cars, but rather a complete wave of new and innovative automobiles that resemble the things people call cars. Read on to learn about the future of cars...

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[CARS] Online Car Buying Tips and Tools

According to Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book (two of the the most popular auto pricing websites), December is the best month of the year to buy a car. Find out why that's true, and pick up some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want, at any time of the year. You may not even have to set foot in a dealer showroom. Read on...

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Uber or Lyft: Which is Best?

Like it or not, ride-hailing services powered by smartphone apps are here to stay. It’s mainly taxi drivers who don’t like Uber, Lyft, and the many also-rans in competition with traditional taxi services. Passengers, by and large, are thrilled to get rides in minutes for far less than taxis charge. Let's compare the Big Two in the ride sharing revolution...

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Are Keyless Cars Hackable?

Does your car have an old-school key that opens the door, or a new-fangled electronic push-button key fob that opens the door and also starts the car? If it's the latter, then it's most likely trivial for a thief with some inexpensive gadgetry to unlock your car and drive away. Here's what you need to know, and one easy way to protect against this hack...

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Should You Buy a Connected Car?

Computer sales are moribund; tablet sales are tanking; even iPhone sales are slowing down. Hardware makers are desperate to find The Next Big Thing to reignite their revenue growth, and they think they have found it. They’re going to connect everything! But do you really want your car connected to the Internet? Read on...

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[CARS] Online Car Buying Tips

Most people would rather go to a dentist than a car dealership. If you hate the high pressure sales people, the negotiations with the invisible but all-powerful “finance manager,” the last-minute up-sales of extended warranties, undercoatings, floor mats, etc., then you may want to get as much of your car buying done online as you can. The good news is, you actually can buy a car without setting foot in a dealership. Read on to learn how...

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Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

Questions abound concerning self-driving cars. For starters, who is the legal driver of the vehicle? Who's at fault in case of an accident? And how soon before the steering wheel, brake pedal and accelerator are considered optional features? Read on for answers, and some points to ponder…

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Are You Trading Privacy for a Discount?

Old-school car insurers are partnering with “connected car” startups to save drivers up to 30% on their auto insurance premiums, while making driving safer and more fun. Sounds good, right? But the devil is in the details...

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Ready For Driverless Cars?

The biggest hypefest of the 21st Century is “driverless cars.” Is there presently any car that can take you from Point A to Point B, in all kinds of conditions, without human help? How soon can we expect to see driverless cars at dealerships, and whose brand name will be on them? How will driverless cars reshape American society?

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GRANTED: Permission to Tinker, Copy and Explore

For the past several years, it's been illegal to tinker with or modify certain electronic gadgets you own, or even explore how they work. It's also been a big no-no to make personal copies of music, videos and games you own. But that's changing. Read on to learn the latest news about the laws that govern your car, mobile phone, medical devices, music, movies… and your John Deere Series 8000 farm tractor.

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Whose Car Is It Anyway?

Little by little, it’s become more difficult to tinker with your own car. Now automakers want to make it illegal for anyone to mess around with their creations without their permission. Actually, they’re claiming it’s already illegal, and consumer activists are lobbying the Copyright Office to restore our right to tune and tweak our cars, or simply study their inner workings. What the heck is going on?

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Tech That Stops Distracted Driving

As of 2014, “distracted driving” causes more accidents than drunk driving, according to U. S. government statistics. Some may point fingers at mobile makeup artists, rambunctious children, cheeseburgers, and other distractions. But we all know that mobile phones are the real problem. Read on for some solutions…

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Is Your Car Vulnerable to Hackers?

A speeding car slams to a halt. The same car refuses to stop when the driver hits the brakes. Then it turns left abruptly, all by itself. Just for fun, the horn honks and the windshield washers spray. What's going on…?

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Is Carfax Reliable?

If you've shopped for a used car in the past 20 years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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Online Car Buying Tips

According to both Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book (two of the the most popular auto pricing websites), December is the best month of the year to buy a car. Find out why that's true, and pick up some tips for online auto buying that will help you save money and get the car you want. Read on...

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Gas Prices Online

The price of gasoline is of major concern these days. Drivers will go out of their way to save a few cents per gallon. You can burn a lot of gas going from one service station to another looking for deals. But fortunately, you can check gas prices online before you get in the car. Here's how...

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Selling a Car Online

When it’s time sell your car, many people turn to the Web to sell their old clunker. Here is a cogent guide to finding out what your used car is worth, and selling a car online...

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Chevy Volt

I like the idea of electric cars, but the new Chevrolet Volt is so expensive. What's your opinion -- are electric cars ready for prime time, and are they really cost efficient when compared to gas-powered alternatives?

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Why I Hate My TomTom GPS

I've had nothing but trouble with my TomTom GO 720 GPS. And the TomTom customer service rep basically told me to go buy a Garmin. Read on!

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Gas Mileage Tips

High prices at the gas pump continue to put the squeeze on family budgets, recent fluctuations not withstanding. It seems like $3 per gallon gas is here to stay. While there’s no magic pill or bolt-on gizmo that will magically turn your gas guzzling car or truck into a 50 mile per gallon (MPG) wonder, there are a number of things that can help you to cut down on the amount you spend on fuel each month...

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