Tips for buying a damaged car

Some tips to follow if you’re considering a damaged car…

Tips for buying a damaged car

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 feedback@behindthewheel.com.au.

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