Re: CARFAX Question > "Accident Indicator Reported"
<NoOption5L@aol.com> wrote in message
> Today my daughter and I went looking around for a used car. We found
> her a clean '03 Ford Focus with 30K miles on the odometer. After
> giving the car a good lookover and test drive, we had the dealer print
> us out a CarFax report. The report listed a "Accident Indicator
> Reported". The detailed vehicle history part of the report shows the
> car was checked in to a collision repair facility about 2 months/3,000
> miles after the car was first purchased in March of '03. Then it shows
> it had a regular service stop 10 days/100 miles later, and again 1
> month/1,500 miles later. After that, just regular service intervals
> until it was sold at an auto auction as a fleet vehicle. The rest of
> the CarFax report is clean and it lists the car as being a 1-owner car.
> As for the body, all the gaps between the panels are equal. The hood,
> hatch and both doors shut the way they should. There aren't any
> cracked lens or trim pieces, and all the paint matches up. While it
> does have a few very small dings here and there, the only real
> noticeable descrepancy is the corner of the hood on the driver's side,
> up by the windshield isn't flush with the top of the fender.
> The car runs, stops, and handles good. It tracks well, doesn't pull or
> pulsate when you stomp the brakes, and it doesn't leak or smoke. The
> engine itself is spotless.
> We have the car for the rest of the weekend, so tomorrow I'm going to
> put it up on some ramps to get a better look underneath.
> So far what do you think? And do you think the Accident Indicator
> Reported is a concern? Or do you think that whatever happened was
> 27,000 miles ago and if handles and runs good, don't worry about it...?
> Probably just a minor fender bender, right...? What's your thoughts?
> '93 Cobra
See if you can find out about the accident. Could have just been something
minor, i.e. bumper, scraped paint, etc.