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How to obtain used car maintenance history? How might I best go forward? Would you consider giving me a couple pointers? I really appreciate your help.

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Julie Becker-Myers, Director of Automotive Systems Technology at Northwood University In order to obtain car maintenance history you are going to need to have the VIN ( Vehicle Identification Number) of the vehicle. Once you obtain the VIN number you can contact any Acura dealership and they should supply you with with maintenance history that the manufacturer has on file. Unfortunately, if the person who previously owned the car did not get the car repaired at an Acura dealership, those repairs are not going to be on the history report. If you are buying the vehicle from an individual, rather than a dealership, you might ask them to supply you with all information regarding repairs on the vehicle. Connect with AskPatty on: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/askpatty MySpace: www.myspace.com/askpatty Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AskPatty-Automotive-Advice-for-Women/15290925093 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/askpatty2007 Twitter: http://twitter.com/askpatty Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/askpatty/

Jennifer  Justice- Haley, Body Shop Owner/Operator at Co-Owner of Elite Collision Service, Inc As far as mechanical maintenance, the previous owner should have records of oil changes and other service work done with the mileage documented. This can be posted in the owner*s manual or have other evidence such as receipts. Body work is a different story. You can try Carfax to try obtain a history. However,their records may not be as complete as you*d think. Nowadays, people are not turning in some claims, which is where Carfax gets most of their info for posting. If the paint does not match, body panels do not fit up correctly, or lamps show signs of condensation you may be looking at a vehicle that sustained a significant crash and has not been properly repaired. At our shop in just the last two weeks, we have seen three different vehicles one with un-repaired frame damage, one had evidence of an attempt to hide a subframe repair (generally,these should not be repaired)and two with catalytic converters that showed signs of tampering. It may look pretty on the outside, but you gotta look where the sun does not shine to see what you are really buying!! As always, take the vehicle to an ASE Master Technician you trust for a hands-on/put it on a lift checkup before you buy. Good Luck! Connect with AskPatty on: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/askpatty MySpace: www.myspace.com/askpatty Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/AskPatty-Automotive-Advice-for-Women/15290925093 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/askpatty2007 Twitter: http://twitter.com/askpatty Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/askpatty/

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