How Carfax works, and why you should take it with a grain of salt

You see that fox all over the place nowadays. On TV commercials, on billboards, on buses, peeking out the windows of car dealerships, in inflatable form standing next to Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man. He's the Car Fox, his reassuring smile telling you that your used car purchase will be worry-free if… » 9/26/14 4:44pm Friday 4:44pm

Deposit Down on a Minty TL

I've stumbled across a minty 2008 Acura TL in Pearl White with 48,000 km (30,000 mi.) selling for $17,888. It's a trade-in to an Acura dealership in the next city over. One owner - an older lady. The car was bought and serviced at that dealership. Full records. They're taking delivery of it on Saturday, but the dealer… » 9/16/14 1:36pm 9/16/14 1:36pm

Ode To The Avant: '95 2.8 Quattro

Just look at that thing. Sitting out there in the driveway all non chalant, waiting to take the family into town for errands. Maybe it's not errand time though, maybe it's just you and the dog going up to the cabin for a coupe nights. Or maybe it's just you, an I-pod and a tape adapter going for an evening cruise. Any… » 8/27/14 9:38pm 8/27/14 9:38pm

What's the most important thing to look for when buying used?

For me, it's mileage above all else. If your ad doesn't list mileage, I'm skipping it. Mileage is the chief determinant factor of value in my opinion. One of the top reasons I bought my Jetta was because it had only 23k miles on it. But some people don't worry about mileage, which blows my mind. So what do you think… » 5/06/14 11:05am 5/06/14 11:05am