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If you are about to purchase a second-hand motor vehicle and you would like to learn if that particular car belongs to the list of recorded accident damage vehicles in your area, then you better think twice before purchasing it. Otherwise, there are different things that you can watch out for to know if the car that you are buying has been through an accident before. Read on to learn more.

If you are about to purchase a second-hand motor vehicle and you would like to learn if that particular car belongs to the list of recorded accident damage vehicles in your area, then you better think twice before purchasing it. Otherwise, there are different things that you can watch out for to know if the car that you are buying has been through an accident before. Read on to learn more.

 

The following are a few items that you must check to detect if your car was already repaired:

 

  1. Check out the condition of number plate.

 

You can see if a car has been smashed front or back by checking the number plates if it has cracks or deformities. A body shop will often have a new one made up with their name in small lettering at the bottom but this is not always the case.

  1. Inspect the boot floor for any damages.

 

Try to lift up the boot mat and observe the condition of the boot floor together with the spare wheel well. If it looks like it has been deformed and later on straightened out then the car may have been in a crash at some other point before.

 

  1. Be meticulous about the paint color.

 

You must look for differences in paint color between each panel. If the car has had repairs there may be an obvious difference in color between two adjoining panels. The finish may be dull and the panel looks slightly lumpy if the filler has not been sanded down appropriately.

 

  1. Check out for over painted parts.

 

Check the rubber seals for any signed of overspray of paint. A car that has been badly masked up prior to painting may have paint spray present on the rubber window seals. You must take a look at the door and the boot seals as well.

 

  1. Look out for panel gaps.

 

You must check the gaps between the panels if they are uniform. Replacement panels may have been badly fitted and this will surely be obvious if you take a closer look.

 

  1. Inspect the doors, boot, and bonnet.

 

Try opening and shutting all the doors, the boot and the bonnet. If you have to slam any of them to get them just to close them properly, it can be a sign they have already been refitted at some point due to a repair after an accident.

 

  1. Look out for tire wears.

 

The suspension geometry may go out of alignment after a crash or accident, so you must check all the four tires for any signs of uneven tire wear. You must bear in mind that uneven tire may be a symptom of something less serious like the tracking being out or wheels out of balance but this is easily remedied. You can use this as a sign on how well the car has been actually maintained.

There are other signs that you can watch out for that you can read on the internet by making a simple search.

 

If you require services for car insurance renewal or car tag renewal online, visit the local DMV website.

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