As you are going around town, or walking through parking lots, or shopping for used cars, or perhaps even driving your own car which was purchased second hand, can you do the following:
- See if the passenger side "Objects in Mirror" message is in English
- See if the speedo reads in Miles
- If so, can you write down the 17 digit VIN number and email it to me or post it in the comments section?
- You can find the VIN by looking through the windscreen from the outside. It's located at the front of the dash, in the bottom corner on the driver's side. It's 17 digits and/or letters long, no more, no less.
- Best find wins a ride in my new car, which is too freaking awesome for words.
As you no doubt will have guessed by now, we are getting rid of the Jeep. It is so uncool. literally. Being uncool is one thing, but being uncool and unreliable is another thing entirely.
If I am going to drive an unreliable peice of shit it had better be a rocking awesome unreliable peice of shit and not some soccer-mommy mobile with the faded remnants of a Jazzercize sticker on the back windscreen.
Anyway, I found my dream car and we're in the process of what will be a truly epic negociation to buy the thing. It's a grey market American export, the kind I blogged about here and Here and Here , and which The Week ran an excellent cover story on last August.
In case you don't want to read all about it again, here's a recap:
- Salvaged, Flooded and damaged cars are exported by the thousands to the Gulf from the States and Europe
- They are often rebirthed in workshops in the UAE, registered on Export plates there and then imported into neighbouring countries to be resold as new or lightly used cars.
- The dealers here are not to be trusted regarding the history on the Used cars they are selling.
- I was told BALD FACED LIES by salesmen and owners at ten different small dealerships regarding the history of the cars they were attempting to sell me.
- Twisted frames, unreplaced deployed airbags, damaged seatbelts and cracked engine mountings abounded. Some of the Cars they were selling were NOT SAFE TO DRIVE.
- So it's Buyer beware, in the used car game.
You will be delighted to know that my dream car passed the report with flying colors, barring the fact that it's a 1995 and not a 2000 like the dealer told me.
One other car we checked was brand new, and had no reported history of anything in the states. Pass! Two other cars on his lot failed the check, both had been in serious accidents and were exported from the states on Salvage titles. Fail!
Ok boys and girls, go get the VIN#s and comment or email them to me! Otheroman (at) gmail dot com
we have 30 days, Let's see what's lurking out there.