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CARFAX Vehicle History Report
2002 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GLS
VIN: 9BWGK61J724011727
HATCHBACK 4 DR
2.0L L4 SFI SOHC 8V
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Standard Equipment | Safety Options
Standard Equipment
Power Windows, Power Steering, Air Conditioning, AM / FM CD, Power Brakes, Tilt Wheel, 6-digit Odometer
Safety Options
4 wheel ABS, Running Lights, Dual air bags front and sides/active (manual) belts
Branded title
Branded Title: Salvage
2 previous owners
Previous owners
Service information available
Service records available
Registered as a corporate vehicle
Corporate vehicle
Last reported odometer reading/mileage
Last reported odometer reading
CARFAX Price Adjustment
Below retail book value
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This CARFAX Vehicle History Report is based only on information supplied to CARFAX and available as of 11/26/12 at 11:02:59 PM (EST). Other information about this vehicle, including problems, may not have been reported to CARFAX. Use this report as one important tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.

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Rebuilt/Reconstructed Title
A Rebuilt/Reconstructed vehicle is a salvage vehicle that has been repaired and restored to operation. These vehicles are often severely damaged before they are rebuilt and refurbished parts are typically used during reconstruction. In most states, an inspection of the vehicle is required before the vehicle is allowed to return to the road.
Manufacturer Buyback or Lemon Title
A DMV or a state agency marks an official document or issues a Manufacturer Buyback/Lemon title when a vehicle has been repurchased by the manufacturer. Not all states issue manufacturer buyback titles and the specific requirements for a lemon law vehicle varies by state.
Odometer Check
CARFAX analyzes mileage data to help identify potential:
  • Rollbacks - odometer tampering to conceal a car's true mileage (i.e. Fraud or illegal activity)
  • Rollovers - after reaching the maximum reading, the odometer restarts from zero (i.e. Mechanical or equipment limitation)
  • Inconsistencies - conflicting mileage data means CARFAX cannot determine if it's a potential rollback (i.e. Potential human error)
Manufacturer Recall
Automobile manufacturers issue recall notices to inform owners of car defects that have come to the manufacturer's attention. Recalls also suggest improvements that can be made to improve the safety of a particular vehicle. Most manufacturer recalls can be repaired at no cost to you.
Basic Warranty
Most manufacturers offer a basic warranty for new vehicles. These warranties vary by manufacturer and typically last for a certain amount of time and/or a set number of miles.
Not Actual Mileage Title
When the seller certifies, under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading does not reflect the vehicle's actual mileage. This may occur because the odometer was tampered with, broken, or replaced.
Junk Title
A Junk Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. The majority of states use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage.
Loss Due To Fire Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to fire. In most states, fire damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Exceeds Mechanical Limits Title
A vehicle with a 5-digit odometer cannot accurately track mileage after 99,999 miles because the odometer rolls over. This title is the result of a seller certifying under the Federal Odometer Act, that the odometer reading EXCEEDS MECHANICAL LIMITS of the odometer.
Structural Damage
All levels of accidents, from minor to severe, can cause structural damage to a vehicle (i.e., damage to the frame or unibody).
Airbag Deployment
Occurs when the driver, passenger or side airbag has been used or deployed during a crash or other incident. If an airbag has been deployed, it must be replaced by a qualified technician. Have this car inspected by a mechanic prior to purchase.
Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven States also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.
Total Loss
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title, like a Salvage or Junk title. See the glossary for more information.
Accident / Damage Indicator
Various events could indicate an accident or damage in a vehicle's history, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. See the glossary for more information.
Hail Damage Title
The vehicle sustained major damage due to hail. In most states, hail damage titles are issued when the cost of repairing the vehicle for safe operation exceeds its fair market value.
Flood Damage Title
States issue flood titles when a vehicle has been in a flood or has received extensive water damage.

Ownership History

The number of owners is estimated
Owner 1 Owner 2
Year purchased 2001  2005 
Type of owner Corporate ---
Estimated length of ownership 3 years  5 yrs. 1 mo. 
Owned in the following states/provinces New Jersey, Pennsylvania  Pennsylvania 
Estimated miles driven per year 11,446/yr  12,058/yr 
Last reported odometer reading 34,878  96,588 

Title History

CARFAX guarantees the information in this section
Owner 1 Owner 2
Salvage | Junk | Rebuilt | Fire | Flood | Hail | Lemon No Problem Alert!
Problem Found
Not Actual Mileage | Exceeds Mechanical Limits No Problem No Problem

Alert! Severe problems were reported by a state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This vehicle does not qualify for the CARFAX Buyback Guarantee.

Additional History

Not all accidents / issues are reported to CARFAX
Owner 1 Owner 2
Total Loss
Total loss reported on 03/30/2010.
No Issues Reported
Total Loss Reported
Structural Damage
No structural damage reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Airbag Deployment
No airbag deployment reported to CARFAX.
No Issues Reported
No Issues Reported
Odometer Check
No indication of an odometer rollback.
No Issues Indicated
No Issues Indicated
Accident / Damage
DMV title problems reported. Accident reported on 03/12/2010.
No Issues Reported
Severe Damage
Manufacturer Recall
Check with an authorized Volkswagen dealer for any open recalls.
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Dealer
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Dealer

Detailed History

Owner 1
Purchased: 2001
Type: Corporate
Where: New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Est. miles/year: 11,446/yr
Est. length owned: 11/27/01 - 12/9/04
(3 years)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
Not Reported     NICB   Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
10/30/2001   10   East Coast Auto Mall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
201-567-9000
eastcoastautomall.com
astcoastautomall.co
m  
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Battery/charging system checked
11/27/2001   33   New Jersey
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Phoenix, AZ
Title #DB20013310849  
Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Registered as
corporate vehicle
05/09/2002   5,171   East Coast Auto Mall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
201-567-9000
eastcoastautomall.com
astcoastautomall.co
m  
Oil and filter changed
11/21/2002   10,705   East Coast Auto Mall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
201-567-9000
eastcoastautomall.com
astcoastautomall.co
m  
Maintenance inspection completed
Front wiper blades/refills replaced
Alignment performed
Door locks checked
04/14/2003     Inspection Co.
New Jersey  
Vehicle inspected
Anti-theft device present
at the time of inspection
03/13/2004   26,649   Gensinger Motors
Clifton, NJ
973-778-8500
gensingervw.com  
Coolant temperature sensor replaced
Oil and filter changed
09/02/2004   33,060   Gensinger Motors
Clifton, NJ
973-778-8500
gensingervw.com  
Window regulator(s) repaired
Window regulator(s) replaced
12/09/2004   34,748   Auto Auction
Eastern Region  
Listed as a fleet vehicle
Sold at auction
12/17/2004     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918RJ01  
Title issued or updated
Dealer took title of this vehicle
while it was in inventory
01/04/2005   34,878   Rich's Automotive Sales
Reading, PA
610-376-4045
buyrichsautos.com  
Washed/detailed
Oil and filter changed
Fuel system checked
State safety inspection completed
 
Owner 2
Purchased: 2005
Where: Pennsylvania
Est. miles/year: 12,058/yr
Est. length owned: 2/17/05 - 3/30/10
(5 yrs. 1 mo.)
Date: Mileage: Source: Comments:
02/17/2005   34,908   Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA  
Vehicle purchase reported
03/10/2005     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Title issued or updated
New owner reported
02/02/2006     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Registration issued or renewed
Registration updated when owner moved
the vehicle to a new location
02/08/2007     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Registration issued or renewed
02/11/2008     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Registration issued or renewed
12/15/2008     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Registration issued or renewed
11/27/2009   92,562   Pep Boys
Reading, PA
610-929-1504
pepboys.com  
Tire(s) balanced
Tire(s) replaced
02/01/2010     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Reading, PA
Title #61269918MO02  
Registration issued or renewed
03/12/2010     Pennsylvania
Damage Report  
Accident reported
Involving right side impact
It hit a pole
Vehicle disabled
Vehicle towed

CARFAX began reporting this information on 04/02/2010.

03/30/2010     Damage Report   TOTAL LOSS VEHICLE
03/30/2010     Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.  
Title or registration issued
to insurance company
03/30/2010   96,588   Pennsylvania
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Titusville, PA
Title #61269918PR02  
SALVAGE TITLE/CERTIFICATE ISSUED
 
 

Glossary

Accident / Damage Indicator
CARFAX receives information about accidents in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Different information in a vehicle's history can indicate an accident or damage, such as: salvage auction, fire damage, police-reported accident, crash test vehicle, damage disclosure, collision repair facility and automotive recycler records. Not every accident or damage event is reported and not all reported are provided to CARFAX. Details about the accident or damage event when reported to CARFAX (e.g. severity, impact location, airbag deployment) are included on the Vehicle History Report. CARFAX recommends you obtain a vehicle inspection from your dealer or an independent mechanic.
  • According to the National Safety Council, Injury Facts, 2007 edition, 7% of the 245 million registered vehicles in the U.S. were involved in an accident in 2005. Over 75% of these were considered minor or moderate.
  • CARFAX depends on many sources for its accident / damage data. CARFAX can only report what is in our database on 11/26/12 at 11:02:59 PM (EST). New data will result in a change to this report.
Pennsylvania Police Reports:
  • Provide an estimate of the extent of damage in its accident reports for the following:
    • DISABLED: The vehicle cannot be driven from the accident scene due to severe damage or an injury.
    • FUNCTIONAL: The accident damage is moderate and may affect the operation of the vehicle and/or its parts. Examples include broken windows, trunk lids, doors, bumpers and tires.
    • MINOR: The accident damage does not affect the operation of the vehicle. Examples include dented bumpers, fenders, grills and body panels. This level of accident should not compromise vehicle safety.
    • NO DAMAGE: The vehicle was not damaged.
  • Are required if the vehicle is towed from the scene or if an individual is injured
CARFAX Price Adjustment™
Accidents, service records, number of owners and many other history factors can affect a vehicle's value. The CARFAX Price Adjustment is a tool that analyzes millions of used car transactions to measure how the combination of all the information reported to CARFAX affects the value of a particular vehicle. The vehicle's retail book value plus the CARFAX Price Adjustment will give you a more accurate measure of the vehicle's value. Use this tool, along with a vehicle inspection and test drive, to make a better decision about your next used car.
First Owner
When the first owner(s) obtains a title from a Department of Motor Vehicles as proof of ownership.
New Owner Reported
When a vehicle is sold to a new owner, the Title must be transferred to the new owner(s) at a Department of Motor Vehicles.
Ownership History
CARFAX defines an owner as an individual or business that possesses and uses a vehicle. Not all title transactions represent changes in ownership. To provide estimated number of owners, CARFAX proprietary technology analyzes all the events in a vehicle history. Estimated ownership is available for vehicles manufactured after 1994 and titled solely in the US including Puerto Rico. Dealers sometimes opt to take ownership of a vehicle and are required to in the following states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Please consider this as you review a vehicle's estimated ownership history.
Salvage Title
A Salvage Title is issued on a vehicle damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value. This damage threshold may vary by state. Some states treat Junk titles the same as Salvage but the majority use this title to indicate that a vehicle is not road worthy and cannot be titled again in that state. The following eleven states also use Salvage titles to identify stolen vehicles - AZ, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OK and OR.
Title Issued
A state issues a title to provide a vehicle owner with proof of ownership. Each title has a unique number. Each title or registration record on a CARFAX report does not necessarily indicate a change in ownership. In Canada, a registration and bill of sale are used as proof of ownership.
Total Loss Vehicle
An insurance or fleet company declares a vehicle a total loss when a claim exceeds ~ 75% of its pre-damage value or if the vehicle is stolen and not recovered. This damage threshold varies by company. These companies typically take possession and obtain the title. Not all total loss vehicles result in a DMV-reported branded title. This may occur when an insurance company's definition of a total loss is different than the state DMV's definition for a branded title or when the owner of the vehicle is a self-insured company, like a fleet or rental company.