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Old 14th July 2012, 00:01   #1036
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Do check carfax and autocheck if you can. Carfax has deal of 5 cars for $30-$40.
Just read this so replying now, Autocheck gives you Unlimited Vin checks for 1 month for ~$40. I had got the same for my Car hunting
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Just read this so replying now, Autocheck gives you Unlimited Vin checks for 1 month for ~$40. I had got the same for my Car hunting
That's nice to know. But they are not the same. I am not sure which is better. But most prefer Carfax so thought i should share. There are many people/agents who provide car history for as low as $1/car. My friend in NY did that. Couldn't find anyone in CA or may be i didn't search enough.
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Want an s2000?? There are tons on the s2000 forums.

Maybe check the 370z forums too, somebody might be selling something there.
There are even quite a few Corvettes on the Corvette forum.

I might even think of selling mine. It is a 2005 s2000 with 64k miles. Warrantied by Honda till 2015 and 99k miles - transferable to the next owner.
you have an S2000? i must meet you when i visit Indy next. why don't you start an ownership thread for your car?
drove an S2000 (was 2001 or 2002 make) and it had a sweet revv crazy Vtec motor.
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They are pretty close, for my car a few others there was no difference in the the report from CarFax & AutoCheck. Autocheck also gives you a score for your car along with a range for that type of car (i.e. for cars with similar Age/mileage etc)
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you have an S2000? i must meet you when i visit Indy next. why don't you start an ownership thread for your car?
drove an S2000 (was 2001 or 2002 make) and it had a sweet revv crazy Vtec motor.
i love s2000. i don't know why Honda had to stop that and the Integra . Those two would have been in my drive way had they be around.
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That's nice to know. But they are not the same. I am not sure which is better. But most prefer Carfax so thought i should share. There are many people/agents who provide car history for as low as $1/car. My friend in NY did that. Couldn't find anyone in CA or may be i didn't search enough.
I can give you carfax for free. I have free unlimited carfax through my insurance (allstate)

Or if you really want to pay $1, I'll take it :-)

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you have an S2000? i must meet you when i visit Indy next. why don't you start an ownership thread for your car?
drove an S2000 (was 2001 or 2002 make) and it had a sweet revv crazy Vtec motor.
Sure, we will meetup next time you are here.
I have to pen an ownership thread. I'm kind of lazy to pen down that.

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I can give you carfax for free. I have free unlimited carfax through my insurance (allstate)

Or if you really want to pay $1, I'll take it :-)
Thanks i will keep that in mind. And yes i don't mind paying or we could get together and party.

Most dealers are giving carfax report for free. It would be helpful if pursuing private party buy.

thanks again
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Hello All - Hope you guys still remember me.

I arrived here in US about a month and half back, started my car research and kind of narrowed down on couple of choices - Nissan Rogue SL and Santa Fe.

I'm particularly interested in Rogue and my confusion here is as follows -

I'm getting a sparesely used fully loaded trim of Rogue with remaining factory warranty from Nissan for about <3k less than the market value/average asking price. Reason being, the car had an accident record where it had hit an deer. Carfax reports states this and I have asked for more details on the insurance claim/report and details on the repairs undertaken for this.

My question is - Is it worth a buy? I'm assuming a deer hit shouldnt be too much of an concern for any frame/structural damage - Am I right? I have an option to negotiate and bring the price further down, which is very tempting for me. Please let me know if I should proceed forward with this or not, and what are the other points that I need to make a note of...

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Hello All - Hope you guys still remember me.

I arrived here in US about a month and half back, started my car research and kind of narrowed down on couple of choices - Nissan Rogue SL and Santa Fe.

I'm particularly interested in Rogue and my confusion here is as follows -

I'm getting a sparesely used fully loaded trim of Rogue with remaining factory warranty from Nissan for about <3k less than the market value/average asking price. Reason being, the car had an accident record where it had hit an deer. Carfax reports states this and I have asked for more details on the insurance claim/report and details on the repairs undertaken for this.

My question is - Is it worth a buy? I'm assuming a deer hit shouldnt be too much of an concern for any frame/structural damage - Am I right? I have an option to negotiate and bring the price further down, which is very tempting for me. Please let me know if I should proceed forward with this or not, and what are the other points that I need to make a note of...

Thanks gentlemen.
Ask if it is a Salvage Title or not. I would guess it is. I would avoid it at all cost. For a salvage title, even $3k less is more. Even if it is professionally repaired i would stay away from it. Also inquire about insurance coverage. Here many companies don't do collision coverage if your car is salvage title. For me, no matter how appealing the price is, an accident prone car is not on my buy list. YMMV

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Deer hits are no joke...

Deer God. (deer gore) pics.

Note From MOD - The pictures in the link above are very Gory & could be disturbing for some to watch so please use discretion in opening the link

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Buying is the easy part. Try selling a car that has a deer hit on record (even if it is on the previous ownerships record).
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Guys, I have a question related to license. Thought this might be the best place to ask that.
Now, when i applied for my DL here in New Hampshire, they gave me a 60 day temporary license and the lady at the DMV told me that the permanent license will arrive by mail. But it will be valid only till december 2012, since thats when my visa expires. However, when i got me permanent license, i found that it is valid till 12/2016! Have they made a mistake somewhere or did the lady at the DMV was not fully informed?
What i am wondering now is that when i go to the DMV to get my address updated, is there any chance that they will realise their mistake (if there was one) and then issue me a 6 month valid DL?
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Guys, I have a question related to license. Thought this might be the best place to ask that.
Now, when i applied for my DL here in New Hampshire, they gave me a 60 day temporary license and the lady at the DMV told me that the permanent license will arrive by mail. But it will be valid only till december 2012, since thats when my visa expires. However, when i got me permanent license, i found that it is valid till 12/2016! Have they made a mistake somewhere or did the lady at the DMV was not fully informed?
What i am wondering now is that when i go to the DMV to get my address updated, is there any chance that they will realise their mistake (if there was one) and then issue me a 6 month valid DL?
No, you are good till 2016 if that's what it says. Have fun with it.

For address change, you don't have to get a new license. Just get a spare paper on which it will be written. Why waste $$ on getting a new license for the address change and also risk of getting a revised DL?

I have gone through 3 address change in past 3 years, i still have the original address on the license. But i have two other DMV Paper that shows updated address. Its the case in CA. Please check in your state. It should be more or less the same

Don't bother. Have fun.

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I have gone through 3 address change in past 3 years, i still have the original address on the license. But i have two other DMV Paper that shows updated address. Its the case in CA. Please check in your state. It should be more or less the same
You need to have some kind of proof of the new address, either on the license or the paper that you mentioned. I know that Texas issues tickets for not having updated address on your driving license (for eg. you have the correct address on your insurance but not on the DL)
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You need to have some kind of proof of the new address, either on the license or the paper that you mentioned. I know that Texas issues tickets for not having updated address on your driving license (for eg. you have the correct address on your insurance but not on the DL)
I have the new address proof as an additional paper only. It says 'Change of Address' Card. Also i have updated the address on DMV's website, so their records are up-to-date.

One don't need a new license with newest address at all times. It cost $31 everytime. For someone like me, its impractical since i may move every year or so due to job relocation.

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