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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

I'd be asking if the car was put on a chassis rig when it was repaired. If it's even had just one day on a rig, it was clearly enough of an impact that made the assessor/repairer think it might be a ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

The story is indeed plausible, and a quick google search indicates instrument clusters failures are not uncommon for that vehicle. As with any used car, I would have your mechanic inspect the car, ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

The problem is, you have to take the seller at his word, and that's just not the way business transactions work. He has an obvious incentive to sell the car with a lower mileage, and regardless of ...
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Can a mechanic not share inspection results to the the seller?

Yes, it is customary for the inspecting agent to hold the results from the seller. It is a matter of the buyer of a service retaining exclusive rights to the purchased product. This comes up fairly ...
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Recreate new car smell

There are several products that claim to install a new car smell. Meguiar's G4216 New Car Scent Protectant is one of many that are available. Smell is a very subjective so reviews vary on these ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

You said "the dealer tells me that the car was likely rebuilt." The dealer should know for a fact that the car was rebuilt and issued a salvaged title, if not, walk away. On top of that, if the seller ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs?

The rules depend on the state, but if you're telling the state you paid less than you did, that's Tax Fraud. In Texas, they don't even let you do this, however. The state maintains what is basically ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

In the UK, you can use the registration number of a vehicle along with the manufacturer and obtain a complete MOT history which includes mileage readings. If you have something similar where you are, ...
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What kind of car is this yellow roadster with a Porsche badge?

Yes, I'd suggest it's a Porsche Boxster, circa ~2000 MY ... Here's an image of one:
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When buying a used car, how much to discount for cosmetic body damage/scrape

You could speak to a bodyshop, get the price for a repair and attempt to haggle that off the price. However, you could approach it a different way. If the damage has been done to the vehicle, it ...
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Buying a car without a service history?

This is something like buying a large farm at a great price with just one glitch: the owner tells you there may be a couple landmines hidden on the property somewhere. With this amount of lack of ...
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Can a mechanic not share inspection results to the the seller?

While it is not unusual for the shop not to show you, they buyer should be willing to give you a copy. Not to sound sleazy, but seeing as this buyer has already spent money on an inspection, you ...
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Used Car Condition - Is a Compression Test a good proxy of engine health? (and what's a leak down test?)

A compression test will only give you a general idea of engine health It WILL NOT help you to understand if there is gunk buildup in the engine It WILL NOT tell you if you have a specific issue with ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs?

It entirely depends on your jurisdiction, and possibly on the vehicle itself. In my county in Texas, they recently changed the law to put a stop to just the kind of thing you're talking about. Instead ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

Uneven bonnet gaps These are a dead giveaway of a bad repair job - also, check if the gap is too large or small for the car - try and get a photo from a similar angle to one existing to check. Also ...
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Where can I find statistics regarding car life expectancies?

This page from 'Honest John' shows the MOT pass rates (UK roadworthyness test) for various cars, broken down by make and model, and then by category (i.e. what failed), although they seem to be a ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

I don't know about Volvos, but speaking as a former Saab Automobile engineer I'd say there's a good chance the correct odometer reading is stored elsewhere in the car (in another ECU). A Volvo ...
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Used Car Condition - Is a Compression Test a good proxy of engine health? (and what's a leak down test?)

It is good to check first if the coolant in the radiator has oil droplets inside, and if the oil (most of the times using the dipstick) has water inside. Then with a compression test you will be ...
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Fuel economy a reasonable measure of a used vehicles engine condition/reliability?

There are a large number of factors that contribute to fuel economy. As others have mentioned, driver style, driving condition (hwy/city), and vehicle condition/weight (roof rack, towing, loaded full ...
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When buying a used car, how much to discount for cosmetic body damage/scrape

Kelley Blue Book typically has four categories that a car can fall into: Fair, Good, Very Good, and Excellent in increasing order of car condition. The Very Good rating details these points as the ...
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When buying a used car, how much to discount for cosmetic body damage/scrape

To a large extent, it depends what the car is worth to you. For myself, a little scratch in the side of the car doesn't bother me at all. Sure, it will be a problem for rust later (maybe). But at ...
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Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading

In many states upon transfer the title is supposed to record the fact that the odometer doesn't show actual mileage. You can expect this will adversely impact the value of the car in the future, ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

In addition to the other fine answers, you should inspect the crumple zones, which are most easily inspected by looking between the fender bolts under the hood. On most vehicles, you should see the ...
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Is it ok to use a used manifold and downpipe?

There's nothing inherent to say that using a used part won't work. Most likely your mechanic was advising against it as it can prove to be a false economy because of the amount of labor involved in ...
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What to look out for when buying a car that hit a deer?

Check at least for the following: Paint color match and alignment of panels. Stand a short distance in front of the vehicle and look for uniformity between the left and right sides. Check for ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs?

Honestly, there is nothing preventing you from doing this other than your own integrity. You can, in fact, walk right into the registration office and sign the papers that your new ride cost you $500. ...
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Buy a car for cheap to avoid registration costs?

Since this has been debated as possibly a legal or illegal question if this were a relative some states do allow a transfer of title ownership as a gift without the need to pay a fee. However, your ...
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In the US, how do I tell if a car is in good condition?

There are several things to consider when purchasing a used vehicle. Most dealers will provide a Vehicle Report. You can request them on privately sold vehicles as well. If the seller denies you this ...
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Fuel economy a reasonable measure of a used vehicles engine condition/reliability?

Technically, yes. As engines get older, they do get less good fuel economy, and when they are totally made over, their fuel economy improves. However, generally the time you're trying to determine ...
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Lower mileage vs newer model year in used cars

You cannot gauge reliability by age and miles, you need to look at the actual mechanical condition of the vehicles. Was it driven gently or put through harsh service? Was proper maintenance done on it ...
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