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Old 19 Dec 2010, 01:31 pm
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Default How long will a Honda Fit last?

I am looking at buying a 2007 Honda Fit. Here are the specs:

Internet Price $9,999

Bodystyle4 door Hatchback

Engine1.5 4 Cyl.

Transmission5 Speed Automatic

Ext. Color Gray


The problem is I saw the car has been in a wreck where the frame was damaged. Should this be a problem? Are there things I should look out for?


That sounds like a good explanation to me. Thank you!
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 01:46 pm
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Most people will say that you should never consider a car that has been in a wreck. That is generally true, but I want to tell you - last year I bought a 2008 Pontiac Vibe that was owned by a rental company (usually means good maintenance), was in an accident, and was totaled by the insurance company. Because it was totaled, and it says so on the title, I will never be able to resell this car and get any real money. But, the guy who bought it at auction and repaired it did a fantastic job. He showed me the before pictures, had all the work documented, we went to a shop and had the alignment checked, and it passed my ultra paranoid inspection. A year later and it still runs great with no signs of any problems. And I got it for about $4,000 cheaper than I would have paid otherwise.

On the other hand, I was in an accident in my old car, a 1998 Hundai Elantra. I got the body fixed as cheaply as possible ($2,000) and a year after the accident I found out several of the seals on the motor were leaking and they were getting steadily worse. I had them fixed, but the new seals didn't last a year, probably because there were very subtle tweeks to the engine parts either in the crash or while the body shop used winches to straighten the body. I wasted a total of $4,000 dollars fixing a $3,000 car and only got 4 more years out of it, and sold it for $600.

What's my point specific to you? The Honda Fit is a great little car, and in my area that car would be worth about $11,000 UNDAMAGED. If it was completely fixed, and previously in an accident (that didn't total the car) that price might be okay - if an independent mechanic you paid says it was fixed well, and even then you would be accepting some risk. But, unfixed - No! The seller of a crashed car needs to take a huge hit, either by fixing the car (~$4,000, body damage is expensive) or selling it at a massive discount - like about half it's value, at most. The guy I bought my Pontiac from probably only made $400 for all his effort. Contrary to what the posh people believe, every car that has been in an accident will be back out on the road until it has been fixed so badly by so many people that no one can figure out what is wrong with it. So someone, a little slow in the head most likely, will buy this car. But it shouldn't be you, for the price it is not worth the trouble.
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 02:01 pm
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The collision damage will only be a problem if the car is not able to pass state inspection, since it will be running on a salvage title. Make sure that if you buy this car, that the dealer does the inspection prior to the sale and can show you the actual inspection document.
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 02:16 pm
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Ok I had a Fit that was in an accident and was repaired. It was not the same. It was still reliable but had some body creaks. It started burning fuses once in a while. Later on it developed a jerk and I had to replace ignition coils. So maybe you look for an accident free one imho.
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