In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:59:24 +0000, Stormin' Norman
It is a good idea. I'm going to start taking pictures when I go out
for the day of my house and the street sign nearby.
I couldn't find my car after a Mets game once, and had to wait until
almost everyone left to find it. The girl I was with didn't seem to
hold it against me, though.
On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 1:41:01 AM UTC-4, micky wrote:
I've seen worse. Years ago at a company Christmas party at a hotel, a cowo
rker found out when it was time to leave that his car was gone. He had th
e cops come, when they were done I was going to drive him home. We're wal
king out the hotel now and he says to me, there's another side to this hot
el? And he had his wife with him too.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:34:50 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
LOL. Well this isn't about not finding the car, but when I had a dark
green car, I would, say, turn the corner onto the block where the car
was parked and I never immediately noticed it. I'd have to look for it.
And this was after I'd had my car stolen once [and returned], so my
stomach would fall into my gut for the seconds it took to find it.
When I got a cream colored car, it was the first thing I saw, even when
not trying to see it. And I also hear that other cars are less likely
to hit light colored cars. Buying the gold Sebring was a violation of
my rule, but at least when the car failed I could melt down the gold
fenders. Darn, I forgot to do that.
Be sure to check the ownership history - a car that has been
flipped a few times in recent years is a huge red flag.
Here in Ontario Canada - law says that, for private sale, the seller
must provide the "used car info" .. but there are tricks that the
curb-siders use to con the unwary buyer ..
... not to mention what the low-life dealers do !
ps : expect a flood of Flood-Cars in months & years to come !
pps : not all insurance write-offs are all bad - if you are aware
of the reasons and get them for the proper price.
In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:06:50 -0400,
I don't know if this applies to Canada too, but I came across
mycarfax.com which is free, and it doesn't give owners names but all the
maintenance, and there was a lot of it, was done first at a dealer, then
at an auto and tire store, then one time at a car care center that used
to be a muffler shop, and then back to the dealer again, where they
replaced the crankshaft pully and balancer. That was a month ago. All
4 shops are within 2 or 3 miles of each other.
If this doesn't apply to Canada, and it might, other people might be
interested that the free version has far more information than I
expected and the piad version, that I got from a dealer on another car,
doesn't have much more, though for that one it does say "one owner".
(Now that car was a bit newer, a better color, but not as nice and 2.5
times as much money. But either way, that is not the point.)
**It says under Garage "1 of 8 cars". I've only looked up one car, and
that is all that they show in "my garage", so that must mean that one
can look up 8 cars total before they come to your house and remove your
Yes, I read that 500,000 or 700,000 cars in Houston alone were flooded.
The guy who towed me home Sunday told me how a lot of tow truck drivers
were headed for Houston, though he had a wife and kid and worked all the
time as it is and he wasn't going, and when we passed the
rest/restaurant plaza, he pointed out all the trucks for home repairmen
which had stopped there. And this is Maryland, pretty far away.
He said they tow them to car carriers and the car carriers take them...
I don't know.
I just tried it and put my car in. It shows registration and emissions
due dates, but no service at all. Only one oil change and tires was not
done by the dealer so I guess they do not all participate.
The VIN can be on up to 3 places in the car. The plate is one, a typical
stamped in number on the vehicle chassis is another often hidden under a
carpet flap. On some vehicles there is a third stamped VIN on, say, a
chassis rail externally. On a Hilux, for instance, it is on the chassis
rail behind the front RHS wheel. All locations must have a matching VIN.
On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 4:30:54 AM UTC-4, Xeno wrote:
Didn't they find the VIN number for the truck that McVeigh used
on the rear axle a block away? It was either that or maybe a part
from the first bombing of the WTC, where they had a VIN number
quickly from a part.
I counted 8 places on my car and there may be more.
I do take minor issue with the term "must have matching VIN" If you
know the car was in an accident and the door was replaced from a junk
yard, the VIN on the door would be removed or not matched. It can still
be a good deal on the car.
The important VIN locations are the plate and the one or two stamped
locations. They must all match otherwise the car may have been illegally
resurrected. All the others are subject to being replaced during a
repair. I'm not in any way disputing your point.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.