Recent British Columbia-based importer of a pre-owned car writes, "before making an offer I requested and obtained many additional hi-def photographs from the dealership. I also paid Carfax $99.95, to send an independent inspector to examine the vehicle and give it a test drive. The inspector did a thorough job and found at least two minor cosmetic flaws that I would never have found. The flaws and things like exterior and interior condition and tire tread depth could all figure in the offer process so I feel the $99.95 was a smart investment and I would do that again."
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