Tips for Buying a Used Car

Used cars are in hot demand these days. Some people feel they are a better buy than going brand new. The value of a used car these days is also reflecting this higher demand. It’s important to know what you are buying before it is too late.

Speidell Body Works has been around for over twenty years, and we have seen many cars come in with prior damage that was not fixed correctly, painted over rust and more. We have seen the use of cheap paint and substandard repairs that cause a lot of headaches to us and the vehicle owner.

A couple of things you should look for when you are buying a used car:

  • Look for paint imperfections such as sand scratches, dirt nibs, color variant differences between panels, runs, tape edges, among a few others. That is a sign it has been repaired.
  • Look for bodywork imperfections such as varying gaps between panels, pinholes, and just plain lousy bodywork.
  • Make sure the car drives straight and does not dog track.
  • Significant panel gaps on one side and small gaps on the other can indicate significant frame damage.
  • Bubbling paint will typically indicate rust underneath.

If you are still not sure what to look for or want a professional opinion, you can always bring the vehicle to one of our locations and have us take a look.

We don’t want you to get stuck with a vehicle that you are not happy with or, worse, costs you lots of money down the road and are here to help!


From the entire Spiedell Body Works family, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


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