The Future of Automotive Crime: Car Hacking?

Cars nowadays are basically computers on wheels, with many containing features that were unimaginable even a decade ago. From self driving (and self parking) cars, to Active Brake Assisting cars that will slam on the brakes if you’re about to rear-end someone – Technology has come a long way, and our cars are basically computers-on-wheels.

Audi Self Driving and Parking Car:

Active Brake Assist Comparison:

There is, however, a downside to cars with autonomous features

As amazing and advanced as these features are; with every step forward in the name of progress and advancement, there are issues and dangers that need to be addressed. In the case of autonomous (and semi-autonomous) cars, these dangers come in the form of computer hackers.

In many different instances, hackers have shown that it’s possible to not only to control your internal lighting systems and music, but also tp apply more malicious and intrusive hacks, such as jerking your steering wheel (veering your car into oncoming traffic), applying your breaks, gaining access to your address book, call log, GPS History, and more. Crazy, right?

So what should you do to avoid falling victim to these hacks? Norton Symantec (yes, the antivirus company) actually has some good tips on their “Can Your Car Be Hacked” article.

Tax Money and the Car Sales Peaks

As tax season comes to a rapid close, consumers are starting to get their tax refunds in the mail, and this means increased sales!
happy car buyer
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New Website Design for VinCheckReport.com

If you frequent our little website, you might have noticed some downtime, and a different theme. Yup, we’ve finally changed themes!

Our home page now looks nice and simple:

new vin check report website look

What does this mean?

This means that there will be more features and more free stuff soon!

Until we’re completely done with our redesign though, we appreciate your patience and support.

Thank you.
-DBecker

New Look Coming Soon!

We’re excited to announce a new look to the website in the next 24 hours!

Be sure to check back in Monday Morning to see what we’ve come up with 🙂

Looking For a Mechanic? Here are 4 Different Ways To Find a Good Mechanic (Locally)

There are many reasons why someone would look for a mechanic; You might be buying a new car or you need your current car looked at and fixed. Either way, you’re looking for a mechanic.

We’re here to help. Below are 4 different ways that you can find a good mechanic that’s local to you.

Finding a Good Local Mechanic
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3 Important Winter Driving Tips

Based on 2011 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once every 14 seconds, an Adult in the United States is treated in an emergency department for Crash Related injuries (see the study here), and this number goes up in the winter, so we’ve decided to write a Winter Driving Tips post to give you a few things you should keep in mind when out on the road this winter. [Read more…]

9 Tips on Taking Pictures of Your Car Before Putting It Up For Sale

Pictures Make A Difference

Sure it’s easy to snap pictures on your cell phone and call it good, but if you put in a bit more effort and make sure that your pictures are quality, your sales ad will grab the attention of the person reading it and give them a better impression of both; the car and the owner, so here are some tips on snapping some quality pictures of your car before posting it up for sale.

Tips on Taking Pictures of Your Car Before Selling it

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11 Tips on Cleaning Up Your Car Before Selling

A Clean Car is a Well-Cared-For Car

I know that personally, if I’m going to spend my hard-earned money on a car, I would want to know that [that] car was well taken care of, and a clean car shows that the owner cares for the car.

The first thing that I, as the potential buyer, would notice is the condition of the exterior of the car: the dings, smudges, scratches, and even bug splatters would decrease what I perceive the value of the car to be. So, before even putting your car up for sale, make sure to thoroughly clean it using some of the points that we’ll cover in this article. [Read more…]

7 Things a Vehicle History Report Can Tell You That a Mechanic Can’t

If you’re in the market to buy a used car, then you’ve hopefully got a checklist of things to look out for and have read up on common scams and mistakes you should avoid. One thing that is a common mention in all guides and websites is the fact that buying a used car without checking out its’ history is dangerous. This article covers 7 Very Important Things a Vehicle History Report can tell you that a physical inspection or a even a skilled mechanic might miss.

Car Mechanic at Work

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

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My VIN is Missing. What Does It Mean?

Recently, I was asked a question by a lady that prefers to stay anonymous (for obvious reasons). She had just bought a car without verifying the VIN on the vehicle and is now possibly in possession of a stolen vehicle:

Missing VIN email

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