Used cars are in demand these days. People have started to realize that they can be a better buy, in some cases, than buying brand new. The values of used cars are also reflecting this higher demand. All the more reason to know what you are buying before it’s too late. Most people are honest, but there are some people out there who are just looking to unload a car.
Anderson Behel Body Shop has been around for five decades and we have seen many cars come in with prior damage that were not fixed correctly or rust that was painted over and much more. We have seen the use of cheap paint and substandard repairs that caused a lot of headaches to us and to the vehicle owner.
A couple of things you should look for when you are buying a used car are:
1. Look for paint imperfections such as sand scratches, dirt nibs and color variant differences between panels, runs and tape edges. That is a sign it has been repaired but not necessarily a poor repair.
2. Inspect the vehicle for body work imperfections such as varying gaps between panels, pinholes and just plain bad body work.
3. Make certain that the car drives straight and does not shake or drift.
4. Big panel gaps on one side of the vehicle and small gaps on the other side of the car can indicate major frame damage.
5. Bubbling paint will normally indicate rust underneath. With more training and certifications and always focusing on spectacular customer service,
Anderson Behel is poised and prepared to serve you for when you get into an accident. Have a great Veteran’s Day and drive safely!