Buying a once-wrecked car

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Before buying a used car, check if any damage it sustained in an accident was properly repaired.

Before buying a used car, check if any damage it sustained in an accident was properly repaired.

WHEN it comes to used cars, safety is no accident. But an accident shouldn’t keep you from buying a used car you love. In fact, you may drive away with a bargain.

The problem
There are plenty of previously damaged cars out there. In the U.S., car crashes happen about every 60 seconds—and one in six used cars being sold has been in an accident. The key is to know what you’re buying.

An answer
You can start your used car search at the new Carfax.com. Every car for sale comes with a free Carfax Report that includes any reported accidents. It’ll help you tell things like how severe the accident was, what areas of the car were damaged and if the air bags deployed. Next, get a mechanic to help you determine if the car was repaired properly.

Following these steps can help you find a swan where others see only an ugly duckling.


You can get more information and shop for great used cars at the new www.carfax.com.

North American Precis Syndicate

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