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What should you look for when buying a 1970 Ford Mustang?

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Buyers interested in a 1970 Ford Mustang should carefully examine the car's Vehicle Identification Number to make sure it is the correct year and trim. A mechanical inspection is also advisable before committing to any used car purchase.

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Vehicle Identification Numbers are stamped into the driver's side of the vehicle near the base of the windshield. Mustangs from 1970 have specific VIN numbers that identify the Mustang and its trim level. For example, all 1970 Boss 302 Mustangs have a G in the fifth position of their VIN numbers. Unscrupulous sellers may attempt to sell a vehicle with cosmetic features that are similar to a particular Mustang variant in an attempt to get a higher price. Checking the VIN is one way to make sure the car is authentic.

VIN numbers on other parts of the car should match the number on the driver's side, such as on top of the fender well or inside the inner fender on the passenger side. The location of these tags varies depending on the original assembly plant that produced the Mustang. While these numbers are sometimes worn away with age, a mismatched number may indicate that the car is not what the seller claims it to be.

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