Using CarFax Alone Isn’t Going to Guarantee Finding a Quality Car

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CarFax is a great tool for the 21st Century car buyer who is looking for a Certified Pre-owned or used vehicle that is still in good condition. However, there is still no guarantee that you’ll find the perfect car that has years and thousands of miles left in it’s lifetime. There are multiple factors that come into play, such as the previous owner’s driving habits, the car’s seasonal wear and tear, and more importantly where the vehicle was manufactured. The country(s) in which the car was manufactured can be the difference between buying a quality vehicle and a lemon.

To dig deeper into this, think about your favorite automotive brand, or even the current car you own and drive on a daily basis. Where was the car manufactured? Shockingly, some of your favorite everyday purpose cars may not be built where you think they are, even if it has a reputation of being an American, German, or Japanese car.

Volvo has just announced that their new S60L which is manufactured in China will be sold in the United States. With this story being only a few weeks old, it’s already stirred up controversy as the company’s reputation of being a safe, reliable brand may be thrown to the gutter if Volvo plans to go through with selling a Chinese Volvo in the states, which they have every intention of doing.

Volvo’s are known to last a very long time, in fact people joke saying that they’ll outlive the owner if kept in good condition. Who knows how long the 2015 S60L will last, and there will be many questions raised by consumers when you find it in the pre-owned list on your local Volvo dealer’s website.

Another popular car brand is Volkswagen, and it might surprise some that a majority of their vehicles that are sold in the US aren’t made in Germany. Yes, the same Volkswagen who owns Audi, Porsche, and Bugatti doesn’t manufacturer all their cars in Wolfsburg. The VW Beetle, Jetta, Golf, and soon the Golf GTI are or will be made in Mexico. It wasn’t until 2005, when VW changed the appearance of the Jetta, that they started assembly and production in Mexico. Whether this changes the quality of the vehicle itself, that is still to be determined, but the perception customers have of the car is certainly different.

To make sure you’re getting a top notch used car, do extensive research on where the vehicle was manufactured. Not only is the assembly of the car different, but you’ll find that the electrical components and interiors will be substantially different. Road noise or lack thereof will be noticeable, and even the suspension and how it takes bumps on the road could determine where it really came from.

The badge on the front of the car may say it’s from Germany, Sweden, or America, but there is the possibility that it’s originally from some factory in Mexico, or China if you intend on buying the new Volvo S60L. We have no power to improve the driving habits of drivers so we get a used car in great condition, but we can research and make sure we’re getting a car that was built in a factory that has a reputation of producing quality and long-lasting vehicles.

Products for your Volvo S40

Volvo S40
Volvo S40 in the sunlight

With the summer right around the corner, now is the time to buy some products for your Volvo S40, both for the interior and exterior.

1) Sunshade for VOLVO S40 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 HEATSHIELD Windshield Custom-fit Sunshade

  • Custom-fit sunshade – MADE IN USA!! Endorsed by the Car Pro, Jerry Reynolds!
  • Rolls up with a velcro tie when not in use
  • Comes with a Heatshield Logo so you know you are receiving a genuine “Heatshield Product”
  • 2nd Generation S40
  • PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: HeatShield – Advanced Windshield Reflector HeatShield is an automotive windshield reflector, “sun shade,” or “sun visor,” custom designed to fit the shape of each car model’s windshield. The HeatShield material is simple and unique. A special metallized polyester film, laminated to a thin layer of closed-cell foam, with a clear polyester film back. HeatShields are custom cut using the latest in computer-aided cutting technology. Then they are sewn around the edge with a cloth binding. So HeatShields are reflective, insulating and custom fit for every car. INSTALLATION HeatShield installation is easy and quick. Lay the Heat Shield across the dash. Lift up to the windshield. Drop the sunvisors for support HeatShield is stiff enough to be supported by the sunvisors alone, but it is flexible enough to be bent around the mirror. Once installed, HeatShield will reduce the interior temperature at the dashboard by as much as 40 deg. F. (25 deg. C.) HeatShields are simple to use, but they are just as easy to store! PRODUCT STORAGE When not in use, store your HeatShield like this: Lift sunvisors and pull HeatShield down. Roll up from end to end. Wrap the attached Velcro strap

This will help keep your S40 cool during the hottest days in the summer, which in-turn will allow you to use less of the AC, saving you some dollars at the pump.

2) OxGord 17pc Tan Flat Cloth Seat Cover Set for the Volvo S40 Sedan, Airbag Compatible, Split Bench, Steering Wheel Cover Included

Includes: (2) 3pc Bucket Seat Set Including Head Rest Covers, (1) 2pc Bench Seat Set, (1) Bench Bra for 50/50 or 60/40 split bench option, (3) Rear Seat Head Rest covers, (4) Seat Belt Pad Protectors, and (1) Steering Wheel Cover
Protects your vehicle’s seats from every day wear and tear with a comfortable mesh fabric
Simple installation – no tools or professional experience required
Easy to clean, just throw them in the washing machine
Fits year(s): 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011