How To Verify a 1998 E230?

Hello all,
I'm in the market for a used E230 1998. Since this is the first time I'm buying a Mercedes, I dont know much about fool-proof ways of verifying whether it's an E200/230/240 etc. There's always people who
likes to poke around the label/signature etc such as slapping E240 instead of original E200/230. So if anyone out there can give some hint please share.
Regards, Sam.
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If you take the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and enter it into CarFax it should tell you the model number and any recalls, accidents, title transfers, etc. It costs about $20 for a certain period of time (30 days?) but it's a miniscule amount for the peace of mind when buying a $20,000 vehicle.

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The VIN number in US and the chassis/engine number in Europe will tell you everything about the car. Carfax or every dealer could do that. If the numbers are tampered with - walk away.
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