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1-800-CAR-SEARCH LISTS THE BEST USED CARS TO BUY

 WESTLAKE, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study of vehicle dependability by J.D. Power and Associates, Mercedes-Benz ranked highest in the Vehicle Dependability Index, (VDI), based on the frequency and severity of owner-related problems.
 The VDI is based on the frequency and severity of owner-reported problems with their vehicles at five years of ownership. Rounding out the top five carlines in order are: Acura, Cadillac, Porsche and Toyota. The top car model was the Toyota Cressida, followed by the Cadillac Seville, Mercury Grand Marquis, Mercedes-Benz 190-D/E and the Cadillac Eldorado.
 Finding a used car is as simple as picking up the phone and dialing 800-CAR-SEARCH, but finding the best used car can be a difficult task. According to Mark Brenner, co-founder and chief executive officer of Vehicle Information Network Inc. (VIN), "Most people have an idea of what car they would like when they call us but there are a lot of people who just don't know what to look for." A five-year-old used car is traditionally a good market to look at, most five-year-old cars are either at the end of their lease period or are being sold by the first owner," added Brenner.
 "It only makes sense to buy a car -- new or used -- that has a record of dependability and quality," says Brenner. "We have thousands of the makes and models listed in the survey currently for sale through our service. Our goal is to become the consumer's ultimate resource in buying a used car and what better way than helping to supply the information necessary in making an informed decision."
 J.D. Power and Associates is an international marketing firm that is recognized as the leading authority in automotive research. J.D. Power is an endorser of 800-CAR-SEARCH and its service.
 Potential buyers access the service by calling 800-CAR-SEARCH. Within five minutes via fax, consumers receive free detailed information and features about the car or truck, available from a dealer or private party. As an added feature, for consumers who do not have a fax machine, 800-CAR-SEARCH has an exclusive agreement with Mail Boxes Etc., the largest public fax access service in the United States (48 states, 1,500 locations). For less than $1,umers of Californi a, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is based in Westlake.
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 /CONTACT: Craig Rexroad of Bob Thomas & Associates, 310-314-6600; or Chuck Alton of the Vehicle Information Network, 818-707-1000/


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