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5 signs to look out for when buying a used car to avoid previous accidents

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WHEN we want to buy a second-hand or used car, we definitely don’t want to end up with one that has been in an accident. However, not many people are skilled at inspecting this. If you know that a car has been in an accident, you probably wouldn’t want to buy it, right? Or if you still want to buy it, ask for a substantial discount. So, let’s take a look at 5 signs that indicate a car has been in an accident.

Gap in the body panels

Usually, there is a tolerance for panel gaps, not exceeding a certain size set by the quality department. It’s within 5mm, and it should be consistent throughout the car. For example, if a car has been hit in the front, check the left and right sides to see if the panel gaps are the same width.

If they’re not the same, this could indicate a car that has been in an accident. Just bring a ruler, measure everything, and no one can stop us. Let’s make sure and be satisfied before buying.

Uneven color

Next, check for uneven color. For example, between the front door and the front fender, or with the hood. The most noticeable and easiest is the white color. If the color is uneven, there may have been panels that were replaced or repainted. If you want to be more skilled, just bring a paint thickness gauge.

Check for rust

Modern cars nowadays are very resistant to rust, even if they are 10 years old. This is because the painting process with undercoat is sufficient to protect the metal components. If the car has been in an accident and has bent components, the process of pulling and straightening it back can cause rust in certain areas.

Try checking the engine bay frame, if there is rust, there is a possibility that this car has been in an accident. The same goes for the doors, try looking at the rubber seals, make sure there are no signs of rust or changes here.

Many new components in the car

Alright, the next sign is the presence of many new components. A used car that is five years old, for example, will definitely have wear and tear components that have been replaced. However, if suddenly there are components such as a new and shiny radiator or engine hoses, you need to investigate further.

If the owner or seller claims to have replaced the radiator because it was damaged, ask for proof of purchase. If none is provided, there is a possibility that the car has been involved in a front collision damaging the radiator tank, hence the new replacement.

Strange noises

Lastly, for signs that a car has been in an accident, are the strange noises that seem to come from nowhere. For instance, when closing the door, there’s a “creak” sound before it can be shut. Similarly, when trying to close the front hood, it takes several attempts before it closes properly. During test driving, there might be a “squeak squeak” or a sound like that of a rat coming from the tire area or suspension.

So, during this test drive, take the opportunity to identify any strange sounds or sensations. You don’t need to drive fast, but enough for you to drive on various road surfaces, go on uneven roads, and then try it on the highway.

These tips for signs of a car being in an accident were shared by Hasbullah Syarah on his YouTube channel, and you can watch the full video below:

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