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I would also like to suggest to you that once you have found the car that you are truly interested in purchasing, it would be a good idea to have the car inspected by a mechanic. If you don't trust your own mechanical skills this would be one step you should do before ever negotiating a price for the car.
Sure it may cost you a little now, but in the end you could save yourself big money and headaches.Also, if you're not sure that the car has been covered and smothered in Bondo, take it to a body shop and have them inspect it for you.
Believe me, if you don't know how to thoroughly check the car over you may be in for a huge disappointment down the road.
I know some of you have heard about the magnet test, but that does not and will not give you an accurate description of the complete body of the car.
Be sure to bring along a friend when checking out a car. Four eyes are better than two. The more eyes, the better for you. If the owner objects to you taking the car to have it inspected by a garage. Walk away and look elsewhere for a car.
Make sure you inspect the car inside and out before ever negotiating a price for the car. Once again. If you don't trust your own judgement get a professional to inspect the car for you.
Things to look for when car is advertised as all original, or survivor
I want to tell you a couple of things I look for when I am looking to buy a car that is advertised as a survivor or all original car.
When a car is advertised as a survivor it simply suggest that the car has all original paint, body panels, and interior components in good condition or great condition.
Basically, the car has "survived" throughout the years and has remained intact. With minimal wear.
Some people's definition may differ than mine. I have seen a Plymouth Duster advertised as a "survivor" and it was nothing but a complete rust bucket. That is not my definition of a Survivor car. Some people refer a survivor as an unmolested car.
Same thing as all original.
Some things to look for is the driver side seat.By observing the driver side seat, you can sometimes get an idea of matching the wear and tear of the seat to how many miles are on the car. Yes, the seat covers could have been changed but you will notice that quickly as well by looking at the mileage.
Let's say the owner claims the car has 25,000 miles on the car, but the driver seat shows a lot of wear. You can just about figure the cars mileage has rolled over and truly has 125,000 miles.
Same thing with the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal. Is there a lot of wear on these items? Listen, I'm not saying this will be true with each and every vehicle. But it can help you to at least know a little about the car.
A car with 25,000 miles on it will not have a worn down brake pedal.
I hope this article will at least get you started in the right direction. I hope you all get the car that you really like at a reasonable price to satisfy the buyer, as well as the seller.