When buying a used car particularly from private sellers you need to be extra careful otherwise you will drive a lemon home, this is because some private sellers will leave out some information about the history of the car service, for example, repairs or changed parts after an accident to make their car more valuable and appealing to potential buyers. It is therefore imperative to learn some tricks that ensure you spot some telltale signs of a past accident, learning what to look for when buying a used car can save you a lot because you do not have to always hire a mechanic to do checkup for your every time you spot a used car that interest you. It is important to recognize that a car with a clean service history does not guarantee an accident-free car, to see if the car has ever been in an accident here are a few areas you need to look.
Paint is among the important things you need to carefully study when inspecting a used car and find a second-hand car with a shiny paint you need to be alert, a shiny and stunning paint on a used car can be a sign of latest paintwork to prepare the car for sale, although not recent paints indicate past accident it is always good to be cautious, to see if the car has been repainted check at the door jambs, in these areas you are certain to get original paint of the car, check whether the original paint matches with the paint of the rest of the car, you can also study signs of over-spray on windows, headlights, doors, and taillights, it is highly likely the painter was not as precise as he ought to be and leave some signs of a repaint.
The other thing you can use to tell a car has been in an accident are replaced parts, it is common for car parts to be replaced because of wear and tears but there are some parts that car owners only change when a car has been in an accident, such parts include but not limited to bumpers, door and grills, see if they match with the rest of the car body and if you detect something weird ask questions and if you continue doubting the owner looking for a more reliable used car is the ideal solution.
You can know a used car that had been in an accident by evaluating the panel gaps, although gaps between the doors and the body can be contributed by wear and tears a car with an accident history is likely to have unusual gaps between panels and the car body, so be discreet when you spot such things otherwise you can take an unreliable used car home. Those are some signs of a car that has been in an accident.