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Old 09-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by TerraPhantm View Post
I don't think that's a fair assessment to make. If I'm short on cash, I'd typically neglect a cosmetic issue over a mechanical one. For example, I have some minor damage on my rear bumper from a while back - it really cannot be noticed from a distance, but it's damaged in such a way that would require replacing the bumper. It's just not a priority at the moment (I'd rather wait a while and take it to a great body shop than half ass it).
Guys...I absolutely agree. Only once it's on a lift can you really assess what kind of maintenance has been done. And, even then, it's a bit of a crapshoot cause you can't pull everything apart. Plus, everyone has their own level of tolerance to what is acceptable wear & tear (me, the 'buy' decision is a lot of 'gut instinct'...which can be harder on dealer owned cars since you can't talk to the PO). But like I said, everyone has their own comfort level....

I would be interested, tho, to see if/how it checks out....

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