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Tom Wolf drives a Jeep: What you can learn from its CARFAX

Tom Wolf loves his 2006 Jeep Wrangler Sport. His daughters say he bought it to fulfill some sort of midlife crisis. At his post-election party, supporters could hop into a photo booth that featured a cardboard cutout of him in the vehicle.

Billy Penn found Wolf’s license plate number and ran a CARFAX report on his beloved car. CARFAX provides information such as accidents, major repairs, registrations and owner changes on a given vehicle.

Here’s what we learned.

He supports local businesses.

Wolf became the owner of his Jeep Wrangler on August 2, 2007. He bought it from a local York dealership.

He probably didn’t get his car registration renewed on time a few years ago — so he was maybe driving it illegally.

Know how you sometimes *forget* to renew your car registration at the right time? So did Wolf. According to CARFAX, he bought his Jeep in August of 2007. He didn’t get his registration renewed until May 2009, according to the CARFAX. You’re not supposed to do that. According to the PA DMV and an employee at a York vehicle registration office, you’re supposed have your registration renewed a year or less after you buy a car. It’s never more than a year.

Of course, it’s possible Wolf bought the Jeep and didn’t drive it for a year and a half and didn’t even get it registered for the first time until May 2009.

His Jeep is not beat up. Not at all.

Read one of the many profiles on Wolf, and you’ll see his Jeep described as beat-up, old and road-worn. His own commercial shows his mechanic ruminating about how the Governor’s mansion would be way too fancy for such a car. It all burnishes Wolf’s “regular guy” image. But his Jeep is far from regular. According to the CARFAX, Wolf’s Jeep is worth at least $700 more than Kelly Blue Book value, which is $14,000-$15,000. That’s no ordinary 2006 Jeep.

He hasn’t crashed his car.

At least not to the point where it’s been reported. Neither Wolf nor the previous owner reported any accidents.

He’ll be able to listen to some sweet mix CD’s on his commute from Mt. Wolf to the office.

Wolf’s Wrangler has a CD player. It also has a retractable roof, and then that’s it for luxuries. Wolf’s Jeep is otherwise just equipped with air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, an AM/FM radio and dual front air bags.

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