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Old 01-10-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Pawtucket, RI
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No pictures of license plate. I put his number in google and he has many other cars for sale.
The Accord is probably a curbstoner, too. Carfax shows that plate registered to a 2005 Jetta.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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The Accord is probably a curbstoner, too. Carfax shows that plate registered to a 2005 Jetta.
so you can check this online... for free?
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Pawtucket, RI
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Yes - https://www.carfax.com/vehicle-history-reports/. It will tell you the car the plate is registered to and the number of records found. You have to buy the report to see if those records are for routine maintenance or for serious crashes.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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Yes - https://www.carfax.com/vehicle-history-reports/. It will tell you the car the plate is registered to and the number of records found. You have to buy the report to see if those records are for routine maintenance or for serious crashes.
Great tip, I didn't know about this. I wonder why a curbstoner would leave plates on for the pics? weird.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:25 PM
 
Location: I'm around town...
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I had an 01 Prism and that car was amazing. Effortless car and so reliable. Only parted with it after it was totalled.
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Clarence, NY
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Can't really go wrong with either cars, as they're late 90s early 2000s economy japanese products. My only real concern would be the transmission on the Honda, however
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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Pay close attention to body lines and paint matching, you don't want someone's fixed up wreck - and with a econobox like this it's likely it wasn't fully insured but paid for off on the side which Carfax wouldn't pick up. Hopefully not, but be looking for signs of a past collision.
THIS, run the Vin# through Carfax!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Elgin, IL
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As Danny mentioned, curbstoners are there to make a profit, and you have to wonder how they acquired the car in the first place, as it must have been very cheap. I would still be open minded and go look at it, but be cautious and take your time.
He told me straight up that he got it from carmax before it went to auction. That sounds legit to me. But then again I've never been curb stoned so I'm just trying to get the facts straight.

I'm meeting up with him tomorrow and told him to bring the title with him, to which he said no problem... so, there's that.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Riding a rock floating through space
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He told me straight up that he got it from carmax before it went to auction. That sounds legit to me. But then again I've never been curb stoned so I'm just trying to get the facts straight.

I'm meeting up with him tomorrow and told him to bring the title with him, to which he said no problem... so, there's that.
Cool, let us know how it went. You'll know if you've been curb stoned if he gives you a title signed by the seller which isn't him. That's not a problem though, just make sure you aren't buying a problem rather than a solution.
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Old Yesterday, 05:06 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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See how both drives. Also, with both cars, see if there are any maintenance records. I'd want to see evidence of regular oil changes. And a dealership could have the VIN# in their service databases and be able to pull up all the visits. You'd want to go in person when it's not busy, like early afternoon and be really nice and polite to the service desk. Imply that if you bought the car, you'd continue to take the car there, that sort of thing.

I like that the Accord has new tires and "breaks". Otherwise, with older budget cars, I'd always feel better if they are manual transmission vehicles.
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