Accident cars: 10 checking tips for buyers - Part 2

02/01/2018

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Check out our article series of 10 accident cars checking tips for buyers.

Earlier, Naijauto.com has an article about how to check if a tokunbo car is an accident cars.

Today, we’re going to continue this concerned topic with useful guides to help you avoid buying a bad car that suffered a serious accident. Check out now!

>>> For those who missed our part 1: How to check a tokunbo car for accident damage - Part 1

5. Accident cars checking tip #5: Look for difference and mismatched colors in paint texture

Take a close look at the car paint and check its quality. If a car gets a new paint, you can see a different texture on the car body and clear signals of a repairing. In this picture, the sandpaper marks are repainted, which is an obvious sign of a repairing.

The sandpaper marks are repainted

The sandpaper marks are repainted, which is an obvious sign of a repairing

Looking at the photo, the door’s paint texture doesn’t show smoothness, revealing a body repair. Put your hand on the paint surface, if you feel it is slightly uneven and rough, this means the car paint has got some touches. The original paint surface should be completely smooth.

The door’s paint texture doesn’t show smoothness

The door’s paint texture doesn’t show smoothness, revealing a body repair

6. Accident cars checking tip #6: Check different panels for unmatched color

This is another tip to check the car for its previous repair. Firstly, you compare different panels’ colors whether they are matched with others or not. A wise trick for you is looking at different angles. In this photo, it seems that there is no problem with this car but as looking at different angles, it turns to be not the same.

a part of a car

It seems that there is no problem with this car but as looking at different angles, it turns to be not the same

In detail, the front fender looks a little darker, which discloses something like a body repair. Sometimes, observing the car from a distance also help you to recognize unmatched colors on the car.

The front fender looks a little darker

The front fender looks a little darker, which discloses something like a body repair

7. Accident cars checking tip #7: Look for paint overspray

A body of a new car has been already painted before it gets anything mounted on it. This means that any wiring or plastic trim should not have any paint’s signs. In this photo, the plastic trim of the car door gets some paints, revealing a repaired body.

The plastic trim of the car door

The plastic trim of the car door gets some paints, revealing a repaired body

Another example, this car has been surely repainted because its door trim gets a little white paint.

door trim gets a little white paint

This car has been surely repainted because its door trim gets a little white paint

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8. Accident cars checking tip #8: Inspect the bolts connecting the hood to the hinges

This is a useful tip for you to check the car for accident damage. Firstly, let the hood opened and start checking the bolts that connect the hood to the hinges. If the bolts have any sign of being scratched, this means the car’s hood has been readjusted from its first position or replaced by a new one.

car bolts

If the bolts have any sign of being scratched, this means the car’s hood has been readjusted from its first position or replaced by a new one

As you can see, these bolts look like new with no touch after the car got painted at the assembly plant. This is how the bolts should look like initially.

car bolts

This is how the bolts should look like initially

9. Accident cars checking tip #9: Check for rust

If the car has just several small spots of rust, it is no matter. But you should check for any big rust on the car to avoid buying a rusty vehicle. Sellers normally repair the rust to fool car buyers.

Rust on a car

You should check for any big rust on the car to avoid buying a rusty vehicle

If you suspect rust has been repaired, try to attach a small magnet. It will not stick if there is very little metal and too much filler.

rust in a car

If you suspect rust has been repaired, try to attach a small magnet

10. Accident cars checking tip #10: Don’t buy previously flooded vehicles

It is highly recommended that you shouldn’t buy a tokunbo car that has been flooded before. A flooded car will bring numerous problems with its electrical system and its age will be also more limited.

In this case, the car looks fresh in and out and is in a quite good condition. But something goes wrong with its speaker mesh. It looks like a sign of dirty water. Is it a flooded car?

a damaged speaker mesh

Something goes wrong with its speaker mesh

To get the answer, we checked the water level marks on the rear trim piece by removing it from the dashboard. As you can see, this car must have been flooded. Additionally, you can also check the vehicle’s history report for being flooded. Pay more attention to the cars that come from frequently-flooded areas.

Inside a flooded car

This car must have been flooded

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