Buying a Used Car That You Suspect Has Been In an Auto Accident?
As the price of everything continues to increase, many consumers that need to replace an older car or truck are now scouring the used car market, searching for a reliable pre-owned vehicle. Many times, great deals can be found on vehicles that are only a few years old, and still have relatively low mileage. Occasionally, you may come across a deal that seems too good to be true. If you suspect that something is fishy, you may want to obtain a vehicle history report. A vehicle history report can confirm if a vehicle has been in an auto accident, but is not necessarily definitive. If the car or truck was in an accident, and the accident was not reported, hidden damage or insufficient collision repair may be present in the vehicle.
Even with a clear history in your hand, visually check the door gaps of the vehicle in question. The gaps should be even along the length of the door. Uneven gaps or misalignment of the doors and the side panels could be a sign that the vehicle suffered a collision.
Look for any slight dings, scratches, or nicks in the paint. If it appears that a different color of paint exists underneath its current color, it is possible that the vehicle was in an accident.
If extensive body repair has been done, you might be able to see scrapes and scratches on inner bolts, broken clips under the bumpers, or clamp marks where said vehicle was attached to a frame machine.
Now, let us also point out that just because a vehicle suffered a collision, does not mean that one should not buy it, however, we recommend that you proceed with caution with the sale. As the old saying goes, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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