Four Hidden Signs A Used Car Has Been In An Accident
There are many benefits to buying a used car and they often prove to be an economic decision. Not only do used cars cost less, but they also have lower insurance rates and have a lower depreciation due to the first owner bearing the brunt of the depreciation. However, most buyers will be concerned about the reliability of the car and will be fearful if they find out the car has been involved in an accident previously.
While cars that have been in an accident and were previously damaged can often end back on the road, their safety and roadworthiness are highly dependent on the severity of the damage and the quality of the repair. It is thus best to avoid buying a used car that has been involved in an accident to avoid any potential issues.
But how will you know if a used car has been in an accident? Some sellers are not the most forthcoming and may not disclose certain details for fear of losing out on their sales. Here are some signs you should look out for.
You should scrutinize the car thoroughly in a well-lit environment or under the sun to check for any paint issues or inconsistencies in the paint. Some signs of the bodywork being done on the car include a slightly different shade of paint on different parts of the car, difference in the shine, or completely mismatching colors.
These differences can occur anywhere on the car and in such cases, you should clarify with the seller. However, if you spot bad paintwork or glaring paint issues, it may be time to walk away as it may indicate that cheap painting was done without professional equipment. Over time, paints that are not done professionally will peel away and may reveal scratches on the car.
Uneven Tire Wear
Do observe the condition of the tires and take the vehicle for a test drive to observe if it can drive straight. If there is uneven tire wear, it could be a sign of a botched suspension alignment setting. It could also indicate a more serious problem, such as a problematic chassis that was aligned to hide the issue.
You should also open the car bonnet to observe the car engine and also observe the carpeting of the boot for any welding marks. Look out, especially for any irregular welding marks, separate or disjointed sections that were stitched together, and any welding marks in curious locations.
If there are any signs of the above, you should clarify with the seller, and if still unsure do not purchase the used car as there is no sure way to know if the car has been professionally repaired.
Missing Screws or Fasteners
If you open the bonnet of the car, you should see a row of screws that hold the fenders in place. These screws should be in similar condition and of the same type. If there are any missing or mismatching screws or fasteners, it could be an indication that the fenders were removed for repair works to be done on the car.