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Buying a car with a restructured title

A necessary part of buying a used car is checking to see if the vehicle been involved in accidents or damaged in some way. Taking the time do this can mean the difference between buying a reliable used car and one that is not reliable. Doing this may bring to light the fact that the car was involved in a wreck, and it was then salvaged and rebuilt.

Protect yourself against odometer fraud

Many will remember the scene towards the end of Ferris Buellers Day Off where the vintage car crashes through a garage wall and lands on the ground below. This was after the kids who took dad’s prized car for a joyride tried to rollback the odometer. The characters were unable to change the mileage, but there are fraudsters in real life who can and do change the mileage readings on cars.

IKEA recalls defective bicycle

IKEA recently announced that it was recalling 5,100 SLADDA bikes sold in the US and Canada. The reason for the recall is that the belt this bike used in lieu of the traditional bike chain can break. Depending on the circumstances of the break, this could potentially lead to injury from falling or another type of accident. According to the company, it has received 11 reports of the bike's belt breaking, including two that led to minor injuries. None of these incidents was in the U.S.