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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.
Last edited by BuiltFordTough3; 09-06-2013 at 09:32 AM.