Does anyone have any tips for checking out the history of a car? I'm looking to pick up something in the next couple months and want to be prepared for when I do find something good. Does anyone have a carfax account I could use for a fee instead of forking over the $30 to carfax? I'd rather see a forum member make a few bucks than carfax.
FWIW, I haven't really decided what I want to get yet. I've been looking at everything from 95 tercel's to 2002 - 2005 civics. I'd like to keep it under $10k, and just simply need something reliable that I can drive to work everyday. Pretty much my only requirement is that it's standard and is in good mechanical condition... I hate driving automatics.
I'm leaning towards the newer civics (2002) but saw this one this morning
Bring it down to ~3k and it looks like an alright deal assuming it's in good shape.
My diehard chevy friends will hate me for getting a civic but they can suck it up. Gas mileage & reliability are my main priorities right now. I also have no intention in putting aftermarket parts on a civic (other than a decent install). I just don't swing that way. If I want to mod something it'll be my 68 beetle.