What do you guys think about this?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Dave, Feb 7, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    So here's the story.

    '02 Silver WRX Wagon
    21k miles
    Upgraded factor speakers/alarm
    Extra set of 4 Blizzek Snow tires + Rims
    Warranty has about a year left.
    Carfax clean
    original owner
    Mainly highway miles

    The car was listed 2 months ago for $21K, and he was never able to
    sell it, so he brought it down to $17 because he has to leave the
    country (he came here for a medical rotation). I offered him $15K and
    he said he'd take it.

    However, the car was involved in a front end collision and had to have
    significant body repair and had to have the block checked, and a few
    valves replaced. The car has been completely restored and this
    incident doesn't show up on carfax.

    Do you think this would be a good deal? If later engine issues showed
    up afterwards couldn't I get the car fixed via the warranty?
    Dave, Feb 7, 2004
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  2. Dave

    CompUser Guest

    How old are the tires on it, and how do they
    look, especially fronts? How's it feel & sound
    driving, how's alignment? Those are the easy
    first questions.

    I'd guess any engine problems that resulted from
    a collision would not be warranty, in dealer's
    eyes...unless there was a general recall
    applicable anyway.

    CompUser, Feb 7, 2004
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  3. Dave

    Greg Guest

    Doesn't that show what a total joke CarFax is when an accident that requires
    engine work does not show up?
    Greg, Feb 8, 2004
  4. Dave

    Guest Guest

    requires engine work does not show up?
    It just shows that accident was not reported to insurance, they probably
    paid for everything in cash, and repair was made not by dealer.
    Guest, Feb 8, 2004
  5. Dave

    David Betts Guest

    Walk away. Don't touch it with a barge pole.

    David Betts
    David Betts, Feb 8, 2004
  6. Dave

    Greg Reed Guest

    You might have to deal with a situation where the dealer claims it was a bad
    repair the repair shop claims it was a factory defect.

    My experience is that the long-term problems resulting from collision damage
    are evidenced more in issues related to chassis straightening and wheel
    alignment than anything mechanical. It's entirely likely that a car that's
    been in a collision will never have these problems. But it's also possible
    that you'll *never* be able to get the alignment quite right again,
    resulting in accelerated and uneven tire wear which is expensive and
    annoying (as the car shimmys and shakes down the road). I owned such a car.
    The used car dealer from which I purchased it had put brand-new tires on it,
    so none of these issues showed themselves until I'd put a couple thousand
    miles on the car. I will never again purchase a car that's been in a
    collision. And I've resolved that any car I own that gets *into* a
    collision will be sold immediately after repair.

    But I'm probably overreacting. If you're comfortable owning a previously
    wrecked car, at least consider how many miles have passed since the repairs
    were completed. If the car has new tires on it and is known to have been
    wrecked, be very skeptical!

    - Greg Reed

    1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 9-Pass sedan
    (FS: http://www.dataspire.com/caddy)
    1989 Audi 200 Turbo Quattro 5-Speed sedan
    2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue
    2001 Chevy Astro AWD (wife's)
    2005 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon (when available in U.S.)
    Greg Reed, Feb 9, 2004
  7. Dave

    Alpha Male Guest

    Doesn't the fact that the accident doesn't show up on carfax ring some
    bells? Don't you think they are trying to hide something?

    The exact same thing happened to me with my 96 Legacy LSi. Dealer said it
    was in a minor front ender, didn't show up on any insurance/ownership
    records (Canadian was of doing it.). Later I found out from Subaru that the
    car had been written off and it must have been fixed by some Joe-Schmoe in
    his garage!


    Alpha Male, Feb 9, 2004
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