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Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History #5456410 06/17/20 08:48 PM
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Wife and I are looking at a 2015 Kia Sedona SX-L with 28k miles. Dealer is asking a fair price but I pulled a Carfax and noticed that there was a collision noted in 03/2019-- said single vehicle collision hit embankment and mailbox.

Van looks in pristine shape from the photos. What things should I be looking for to judge the quality / extent of the repairs? How much would you haggle on the price (below book) due to the Carfax history?


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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456440 06/17/20 10:08 PM
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Have it put on a Hunter alignment machine and have all 4 wheels checked.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456441 06/17/20 10:13 PM
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Hitting an embankment sounds kinda sketchy. But if it was fixed properly it should be fine. I'd have someone knowledgeable look it over.


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If it is being sold at a dealer ask them if they have a Hunter alignment machine, and if they do get them to put it on the machine and do a read-out of all 4 wheels.


Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456460 06/17/20 10:34 PM
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If it looks good underneath and drives fine, I wouldn't worry.

JimPghPA has a good idea too though.


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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456463 06/17/20 10:39 PM
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I would have a body shop look at it. Actually, with all the used vehicles out there, I would forget it and move on.

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Originally Posted by hemitruck
I would have a body shop look at it. Actually, with all the used vehicles out there, I would forget it and move on.


Yeah, unless it's for some amazing options for an amazing price. Otherwise, you can probably find another Kia Sedona with a quick search that doesn't have an accident history.

Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456489 06/18/20 12:02 AM
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It doesn't take much to seriously mangle a car today, so I'd have it checked by an independent shop or take a hard pass on it.


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It shouldn't change your strategy much, based on a collision noted, either way you either have the ability to check it yourself or need to have a trusted shop check it out for you, but since you do a have that info, do mention it to the mechanic looking it over.

Since it has the carfax history, it tanks your resale value even if it's 100% fine now, so the dealer isn't really asking a fair price at all, rather trying to get more than a vehicle with this history is worth.

I'd insist on at least $2K off what they're asking or move on to a different vehicle. If they can produce the repair bill so you see what was fixed, then there may be some middle ground, or $2K may not even be enough off.

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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: 92saturnsl2] #5456566 06/18/20 05:59 AM
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You should pay to have it professionally inspected before you purchase it. You need to know the extent of the damage and how well it was repaired.

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People,,,,,what makes you think any dealer is going to let the OP drive it off the lot to get inspected by a third party?

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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5456591 06/18/20 06:52 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
People,,,,,what makes you think any dealer is going to let the OP drive it off the lot to get inspected by a third party?
I would not purchase a used vehicle with an accident report from a dealer that didn't allow me to take it for an inspection. Period.
It is a buyer's market for used vehicles right now. Everyone out there that is looking at used vehicles should know this and if a dealer is not willing to work with you, WALK!

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Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5456596 06/18/20 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
People,,,,,what makes you think any dealer is going to let the OP drive it off the lot to get inspected by a third party?


If it’s an honest dealer that wants to sell a car, they’re usually very accommodating. I’ve had a few dealers let me take a car home overnight (used). I can’t foresee a problem getting it inspected.


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Skip if you plan on keeping more then 5 years.

Re: Looking at vehicle with collision in Carfax History [Re: BMWTurboDzl] #5456614 06/18/20 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by BMWTurboDzl
People,,,,,what makes you think any dealer is going to let the OP drive it off the lot to get inspected by a third party?


If they won’t they are hiding something.

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