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post #1 of 8 Old 08-31-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Anyway to tell if truck has been wrecked other than carfax?

I bought a used 2011 f250 about a month ago and a guy I work with notices the passenger fender sticks out a little more on the door than the drivers side. Now all I hear is your trucks been wrecked but the carfax was clean. The paint matchs perfectly I'd say and can't see anything else beside the difference on fender and door

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I have always heard that Autocheck pulled up more results than CarFax, but I don't think any of the vin checks are foolproof. I'd look close at all the visible fender and door hardware, to see if there are any witness marks on the painted bolt heads.



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If it was repaired at all you should be able to find some indication under the hood
or in the jambs.
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Either use a paint meter to check the thickness of the paint or check inside the door jams/fender creases for lines where it would have been taped off. Even if the paint was an exact match, you should be able to see/feel a tape line and a difference between the old and the new paint. I went through this with a car I previously bought. Almost no body shop, not even the best of the best, can blend new and old paint perfectly. Another way to check is stand back a few feet from the truck and look directly down the side you think may have been hit. If you see any kind of ripples in the paint, that is a sign of heavier paint in certain areas (usually due to an inexperienced painter). Good luck.

Oh and I don't have too much faith in any vehicle report. I bought a car that was only a few years old from a dealer (not a backyard dealer, a legitimate dealer of the car make) with all clean reports which I later found out had been completely totaled and rebuilt. There was so much damage done that the factory tac welds around the trunk area had to be re-welded. Unfortunately, I was not experienced with looking for these types of issues nor did I expect this from a big name dealer. But, you live and learn, which I did the hard way. Ultimately I was able to get them to give me my money back.

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Maybe this might make you feel better. I was dealing on a new 2012 this spring and after we had set a price I went to give it a good once over. The drivers side fender stuck out about a quarter of an inch further than the door. I decided not to buy it as they had the same truck except it had the fifth wheel hitch which they gave me for the same price as the other one.

So maybe it's been like that since new?
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My drivers side fender stuck out about 3/16ths or so when i bought it and i made them fix it before i drove it off the lot... and they knocked a few bux off of it as well.

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