Take a Damaged Car You Want to Buy to an Auto Body Shop before Purchasing
When you want to buy a used vehicle from a third-party, you should probably stay away from cars that have been in accidents before, especially if they still have visible damage. However, if you come across a deal that is too good to pass up, you should at least take it to an auto body shop before buying the car.
Learn about the Seriousness of the Damage
It is important to learn about the true damage of the vehicle. For instance, the vehicle might not appear to have much damage and it might even drive okay, but it could still be hazardous on the road. While the seller may try to convince you that the car is safe enough for regular driving, you should only rely on the opinion of a professional who does not have a personal stake in the transaction.
Determine the Necessity of Repairs
In some cases, a car may only have cosmetic damage, in which case the repairs are not a necessity. If you are okay with owning a vehicle that has a reduced resale value and does not look pristine, you can save quite a bit of money by purchasing a car that has been in an accident before.
Find Out Total Repair Costs
If it is deemed that repairs are required for it to drive safe on the road, you need to determine how much these repairs will cost before you decide whether to buy the car or pass up on the purchase. Depending on the situation, you might be able to take the total repair costs and use them as a negotiation tool.
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