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Old 01 Oct 2007, 09:43 pm
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Purchased '06 Tour, 3400mi, under 12G's, only to find out, involved in accident. Previous owner(75yrs.) bought subject vehicle with clean title. Original puchase made by rental agency in VA. Vehicle transferred to PA., not with "R" title, but with clean title. Result, previous owner & myself were not aware of condition of vehicle. Vehicle runs and looks great! But! Can this be prevented in the future. Carfax was of little help! Any opinions?
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 06:52 am
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WELCOME to the forum.

You hear about this all the time on the TV. Some states have very lax rules on how they re-title cars and apparently there's lots of loop-holes that can be used to make a car look new on paper when in fact it isn't. Buyers of used cars really have to be on the look-out now that thousands of cars that were totaled during the last couple years in the hurricanes look new but loads of problems will show up later.

To me, CARFAX is a joke as only when a car is brought in for service or repair to a dealer will it show up on the records. There's no way in heck that CARFAX will know a front end has been repaired at the local shop down the street.
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 08:34 am
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I bought a "factory certified pre owned" Cadillac a few years ago thinking that if it was "certified" I would have bought a clean car. Well that was wrong. Turns out the left front fender was wrecked. The repaired areas paint eventually faded compared to the original factory paint. So I thought it was just isolated to me. Well that was wrong to. My friend, a year later, bought a "certified pre owned" Cadillac from the same dealer (on my recommendation) just to have the same outcome. So what have I learned "certified pre owned" cars are traded in cars from an accident. They are not any better than any other used car. I guess the old axiom that a used car is the original owners way of solving that cars problem. If you come along and buy it, you need to guess what that problem is! or are!!
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Old 02 Oct 2007, 10:24 am
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Welcome to the Forum jfb650, all I can say is "Buyer Beware". I have purchased a few used cars a long time ago. It was a small town and I could call the last owner to check it out. Of course, there are liars out there also. I never got "burnt" tho.

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Old 02 Oct 2007, 12:45 pm
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Depends on how bad accident was. Both my PTs played "deer tag", but they were completely drivable and I had no concerns about continuing to drive them after they were fixed.
I think many shops enter into carfax, not just dealers, but not all shops do, that's for sure.
When buying a used car, I arrange to have my mechanic look it over - he puts it on lift and looks for evidence of fresh undercoating, etc., & other signs of repair after an accident. If repair is done so well he couldn't find it, I probably shouldn't worry about it. Then I have him drive it and see it it pulls, engine sounds okay, etc.
A used car is always a risk - you don't know if it was abused - like no oil changes, etc., which could be worse than an accident.
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