So that pre-owned car you really want has been in a crash. Should you walk away? Not necessarily. Platte City-Airport Chrysler car experts discuss the importance of doing your research about a vehicle’s history before purchasing.
Is it wise to purchase a car that has been in an accident? Generally, no. You simply don’t want to take the risk of having to deal with problems down the road that can surface as a result of an accident. However, whatever you ultimately choose to do, the best advice is to do your research.
According to a study conducted by CarGurus.com, 16% of all used cars for sale have been in an accident. This study looked at 2 million used car listings by private sellers as well as dealers. As much as 35% of used cars that had been in accidents were reported as being former fleet vehicles (rental cars). Also, the value of a car usually decreases anywhere from 3 to 12 percent after an accident.
Langley Steinert, the founder and CEO of CarGurus stated:
There is great savings potential in buying a used car, but there’s also the potential to get burned if you don’t do your homework. A minor accident or prior fleet ownership does not have to be a deal breaker, but it is information you absolutely need to know as you consider the purchase and the price.
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- Check for signs of flood damage. Does it look as if the speakers in the vehicle have had water damage? Parts of the floor can be lifted as well to see if it appears that it has been waterlogged at any particular point.
- Do you see any rust or corrosion? Unless a car has been properly “rust proofed,” the rust can come back quickly. Never purchase a car with a serious rust issue.
- Does it appear as if any of the body panels have been moved? Do the panels fit together smoothly? Are any of the bolts stripped as if a tool has been used to remove the panel?
- Is the color mismatched or does the spray paint look different? Is the paint texture smooth or does it appear as if something has been painted over? Is the car lighter or darker in certain areas or does the paint job look even?
- Look at the reflection on the car. Do the lines look straight and the reflection smooth? If it appears bumpy and uneven, it has most likely been in an accident.
If you are in the market for a used or new vehicle, give us a call at (888) 610-0932 or stop by the Platte City-Airport Chrysler dealership located at 2605 Northwest Prairie View Road in Platte City, Missouri. We have an honest and dedicated sales staff that can help you find a vehicle that’s perfect for you.