Should I buy a car that’s been in an accident?
After an Accident, Be Wary of Car Purchases
The fact that you are thinking of buying a used car generally implies that you are shopping on a budget. And the lower the price, the more attractive it is. But what if you find out that the car that you are eying has been in an accident? Should you continue considering it, or should you immediately move on to your next choice? The answer is: it depends.
Big Sky Collision Center is in the business of restoring cars. We take great pride in restoring a vehicle to its full factory safety standards. There are times when an accident won’t make much of a difference, and other times when you might want to pass on that discounted deal. Keep reading to learn more.
How bad was the accident?
If you found out the vehicle was in an accident, it probably means you read it in CARFAX (or a similar report). However, as useful as CARFAX is, there are times when the report it contains is inaccurate. Which is why you can’t rely on it completely. Still, it’s a good start.
If you see “minor damage” on the report, that’s a promising sign. But if you see “major damage”, you should start thinking twice. Like we mentioned, though, there are cases when a car that supposedly had major damage isn’t always accurate. So the best thing to do is to have the car inspected by a mechanic you trust. It’s only through thorough physical inspection that you’ll know whether the past damage is worth the price you’ll be paying.
Who fixed the vehicle?
Although the vehicle may only have been in a minor accident, you should make it a point to find out who did the repair so you can have the quality checked. Again, you will have to rely on your trusted mechanic to help you figure out how good (or bad) the repair job was. Some of the most common signs of poorly done work include mismatched paint, imperfectly fit panels and missing emblems.
We aren’t saying that the other guys do a bad job, but if someone repaired it at home, they might not have done it right.
What is the vehicle’s current title status?
There are two titles to watch out for. As much as possible, you should stay away from vehicles with a salvage title or a rebuilt title.
If the car was issued a salvage title, it means the cost to repair it is higher than its present value. If the car was issued with a rebuilt title, it means that after the repair done, the vehicle underwent inspection and was able to pass certain safety standards. Whether the car has a salvage title or rebuilt title, there’s no getting rid of the status because the title will stay with the car and cannot be changed.
If the car you’re considering has a rebuilt title, you should first consult your insurance provider to find out if they will cover the vehicle or not. For a vehicle with a salvage title, there’s no need to check because no insurance company will cover it.
Is It Worth Your Investment
Finally, you should keep in mind that buying a car that’s been in accident means you’ll be investing in something with low resale value. You bought it cheap, which means if you sell it, its price will be even cheaper. If you’re okay with that, and if you’re satisfied with what you’ve seen (from the physical inspection), then by all means, buy the car. After all, the stigma of being in an accident doesn’t automatically make a used car junk material.
Big Sky Collision Fixes Cars
We pride ourselves on being the best auto body repair shop in Billings. If you have been involved in an accident, we are more than happy to restore your vehicle to like new status.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule an appointment.