Some people say that car buyers should avoid buying a damaged car, at all costs.
However, if your budget is tight, or you’ve found your dream car at a price you can finally afford, then it could be OK to buy a vehicle with some dents and scratches.
Vehicle history service, Carfax, says all car buyers considering a damaged vehicle should follow this advice.
Tips for buying a damaged car:
How severe is the damage
If the vehicle was in only a minor accident, it could work out in your favour. You might pay less for a great car that just needed a few parts replaced.
Get a quote
Get a smash repairer to give you a detailed quote on exactly what needs to be fixed and how much it will cost.
Is the structure still sound
Check for reported frame or unibody damage; specialists can measure the frame to see if it’s outside manufacturer specifications.
Get a Vehicle History Report
Accidents reported to car history check services often include helpful details like what areas of the vehicle were damaged, airbag deployments, if the vehicle had to be towed and so on.
Get it checked over
Take it to a mechanic to verify whether the repairs were done properly and the vehicle is safe.
Got any other tips on buying a damaged car, any good or bad stories? Let us know below or send us an email via [email protected].