A Cadillac has been a symbol of good taste, wealth, and luxury for more than a hundred of years. Many famous people were lucky owners of a Cadillac, including Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Lots of people are dreaming of owning this exquisite vehicle, which is not a surprise. But the price of a new Cadillac is usually too high for an average citizen. So, here's a way out: you can easily buy a pre-owned Cadillac with minimal mileage and save an enormous sum of money.
Please, mind that buying a second-hand car is a kind of challenge, especially if you're not prepared. And even if you are, stay cautious, as there are scores of dealers who are ready to sell you a nice but almost non-usable sky-high expensive toy. The fact is that many used Cadillac models are too old to be safe because their owners had been driving them for years and even dozens of years. How to avoid purchasing a non-qualitative vehicle? Very easy: just to do a Cadillac VIN check.
A car VIN check, known also as a car history report is a document that provides all details about a vehicle you're interested in: its mileage, flood damage, liens, information about all previous owners, history of accidents etc. Most of the VIN checks are free, but sometimes, if you need some extended information, you'll have to pay.
It's important that only franchised Cadillac dealers have a right to sell certified used Cadillacs. They know about these cars pretty much everything and it's not favorable for them to lie to a potential buyer: they will be fired for this immediately. Moreover, they will not be able to do this even if they wished because before any certified Cadillac is sold, General Motors insists that all safety recalls should be finished.
VIN Number Information
How to decode a 17-digit Cadillac VIN number? Of course, every Cadillac is unique, but there are standard decoding guides for all such vehicles.
The first 3 digits are called the World Manufacturer Identifier. The very first digit means a country where the car was manufactured. If the first digit is 1, 4 or 5, it means that the mother country of this very Cadillac is the United States.
The second digit means the manufacturer of the vehicle, and the only possible digit for a Cadillac is a G (General Motors).
The third digit reveals the type of vehicle in question or the production division. Typically, it's a 6.
The fourth and fifth ones show the model of this very Cadillac. The eighth stands for the car's engine type, the tenth means the year when the model was made, the eleventh means the assembly plant, and finally, the last 6 are the vehicle's serial number.
Although it seems easy, it's too risky to try to VIN check a Cadillac on your own. But if you're trying to do it, as they say, at home, take a glance at the third digit. If it's rather 6, or Y, or G, - don't worry, but if it's not- this VIN number has a big chance to be false.
The first Cadillac appeared in 1909 and was manufactured by General Motors. The goal of GM was to construct a luxury vehicle that will serve not only as a limousine but also as an ambulance or a hearse.
But it was only late 1930s when GM started to make personal Cadillacs. During the WWII there even some Cadillac tanks were manufactured. And in the 1950s the famous El Dorado was introduced, which is also famous as an American Dream Car.
Not too many changes have occurred since then. As it was mentioned above, Cadillac has always been a symbol of luxury and comfort. The only visible change is that a Cadillac reached the SUV marketplaces and finally can be affordable to any representative of the high-middle class.