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How to Tell a Used Car Had an Accident

Given the current economic meltdown it makes sense to buy a used car to save on some costs, however, you need to extra careful especially if you are buying from a private seller, some people will deliberately skip some information regarding the car service history such repairs and changed parts if the car had an accident, this is because they feel the car will become less appealing and lose some values, while that is true this can happen at your cost, you, therefore, need to be vigilant and make sure you scrutinize as much as possible. It is therefore good to have a basic understanding of the common car parts you need to check to see if the car you are about to buy has been in an accident, this will also save you some costs of hiring a car mechanic every time you spot a potentially good used car. It is also worth noting that a car with clean service history is not an indicator of free accidents, therefore, here are a few things you need to consider to avoid an accident ridden used car.

The first thing you need to do is to assess the paint of the used car you are about to buy, paint can be a good indicator of a car that has been in an accident and was repainted if you get a used car with a shiny and polished paint you need to be careful about it, although not all used cars are repainted because of an accident it is always good to be extra careful, check door jambs, at the edges of the windows, on taillights and headlights, in these areas you are likely to get some over-spray, repainting a car cannot meet the factory painting standards and therefore you will find some over-spray mostly in these areas if you find a paint especially on door jambs that do not rhyme with car’s body perhaps it’s time you start asking questions or take a hike.

It is always good to pay attention to replaced parts of a used car, while it is normal to replace used parts because of wear and tears some parts are only changed after an accident, such parts are bumpers, door, grills among others, carefully scrutinize whether these parts rhyme with the rest of the car body and if not seek answers from the owner or look for a more reliable used cars.

You can know a used car that had been in an accident by evaluating the panel gaps, although gaps between the doors and the body can be contributed by wear and tears a car with an accident history is likely to have unusual gaps between panels and the car body, so be discreet when you spot such things otherwise you can take an unreliable used car home. You can use this guide to identify a used car that has been in an accident.
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