Buying a car in the aftermarket is an adventure. Not a single motorist wants to have a car that has been in an accident into his hands. Especially if, as a result of the accident, the car rolled over from the wheels to the roof. "Changes" are perhaps the most neglected cases in the repair business. The real problem with such machines is that, unlike "broken into the trash", they can be quickly and easily put back into operation. Despite this, even after the repair, you should not expect good from such a machine.
First, it is worth saying about the main thing. The times when broken cars were repaired and reassembled from "Uncle Vanya in the garage" are long gone. In the overwhelming majority of cases, real masters of their craft work on overturned (and generally broken) cars, who eat their bread for a reason. A person without experience in the industry and special equipment in life does not recognize a shape-shifting machine. This can only be done by the same master, and in order to identify the broken car, a partial disassembly of the passenger compartment must be performed without fail.
With all this, there are a number of external signs that will help even a person who is far from professional repair. suspect something was wrong when making a deal. So what should you look out for first?
At first, this is the condition of the roof sheathing. If it was not suddenly changed, but simply corrected and repainted, then characteristic wrinkles will still be noticeable on it. In addition, any traces of repairs on the roof, by themselves, should lead a competent buyer to think that in front of him is a car that has been in a serious accident.
Secondly, you need to pay attention to the condition of the seams. If there is a suspicion of a "rollover", do not hesitate to demand to remove the upholstery of the rear pillars. If the seams are covered with sealant or well painted over, then the car was in an accident.
Thirdly, look at all other elements of the body and primarily on the door. How smoothly and tightly they close. Everything in an unbroken car is guaranteed to be straight and perpendicular.
Fourth, pay attention to the glass of the machine. How correct they are. Are all car windows native? How correct and in size is the windshield. If all the windows in the car have been replaced, then it is with a 99% probability a shape-shifting car.
Fifth, be sure to ride the car of your choice. When you drive, be sure to hear the sounds of not only the engine, but the interior as well. Very often, "flip-flops" give out the creak of plastic and upholstery, which were either incorrectly fixed or deformed as a result of an accident.
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