How to Identify a Wrecked or Salvaged Car

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Consumer Reports has posted a great article on how to avoid buying wrecked or lemon cars. Click Here.

  1. Take the car to a body shop or other automobile appraiser and ask for an inspection and report. Ask them to check the body part alignments, frame alignment or the paint thicknesses. Pull up carpets or trunk liners, for example, to see if there is mud.
  2. Obtain a title history from the State Department of Motor Vehicles.
  3. Observe the car’s tires. Are the tires mismatched? Has one tire worn abnormally in a short period of time?
  4. Ask a dealer for that make and model of car to pull a vehicle services history for the car.
  5. Examine the stickers on body parts. Original parts will have different stickers than aftermarket parts. Are the stickers present, or have they been painted over?
  6. Are there runs in the paint or clear coat? Is there evidence of paint on the rubber moldings? Are there any screw’s bolts which have obviously been unscrewed? Can you see marks in the paint where a bolt used to be lined up? Is the factory sticker on the door pillar (at the rear of the driver’s side front door? Do the VIN numbers match on various body parts?
  7. Obtain an Autocheck report or visit http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/.

If you suspect that you have bought a vehicle with previous wreck or other undisclosed history, we will be happy to review your case and put you in touch with experts you may hire to determine the vehicle’s true history. Call 770-832-0300 or use our online form to request a free auto fraud case review.