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    Buying a car that's had a front end

    Went to see a car today; was right spec, right engine, nice colour and offered a good deal to swap.

    One problem, I spotted right away. The front bumper ever so slightly doesn't line up. My mam couldn't spot it, the owner of the car didn't have a clue until I showed him, 90% of the car driving population won't notice. The paintwork colours are perfect, since it's had a front en the front has been sprayed so has no stone chips.

    Problem is, I notice. I know it's there. It drives fine, it won't affect anything but I'll know.

    It's like dating a lass who has a third nipple. No one else would know but I would.

    So what would everyone do?

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    If nothing is logged on the log book and doesn't have steering problems and hasn't got any tracking problems i would buy it and rectify the problem myself.

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    Not thought about that. Don't think I could do it myself.

    Drives fine and doesn't pull at all.

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    Maybe they've (or a garage) just had the bumper off to do some work, fit a new rad or repalce foglights or something. Bumpers never go back on perfect. What other evidence have you got to support its had a front end collision?
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    If it's had a logged crash it will say on the v5. If it's not on there and no other issues exist I wouldn't be put off by it. Could be a good way of getting a few quid off it too.

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    Lightbulb

    Hpi clear.

    Take a look at the photo of the front end and see what everyone thinks

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    I'd be more questioning of the massive colour/paint difference between the rear bumper and the rear quarter panel... Definitely been re sprayed also.
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    Very very boring choice tbh.
    I can't see anything wrong though.

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    Thanks for spotting that, I'm colour blind so missed it. Been in some kind of crash hasn't it? As I can't see the difference in colour do you think it's had a front end and they've sprayed the front and tried to blend it in at the back or the back has had a shunt?

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    I'm not overly sure tbh. The front to me looks ok. Problem is the bumpers could have been resprayed even for the most minor of shunts, or even if the owner reversed into a fence or something in a car park at 2mph.

    And I agree, it's a boring as hell car lol, but I would let the bumpers stop you buying it.
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    Yea it is boring, probably why I'm questioning it so much. I don't like my car so need something comfortable that will do the miles however using my sensible head is difficult, I want something fast. I've seen a 2.7t audi a6 which is LPG, the 250bhp is calling me Hate been sensible

    Did you mean the bumpers would put you off?

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    My bro has a vw Passat tdi 04 reg and he says its great on fuel bearing in mind he does 100 miles a day just to and from work lol

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    No none of it would put me off, but I feel I'm perhaps a different type of person. I've bought two previous cars that were advertised as Cat D's. I don't care, cars get used, and they'll get used a hell of a lot more roughly with me driving them. They're all sub 2-3k, so its not like its a bad investmenet that will haunt you to your grave. If somethings broke underneath, fix it.Most of the time, if it looks alright when you're stnading by it, it'll be fine. It's easy to spot something deal breaking.
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    Possibly had a nsf headlight replaced in past judgeing from pics and check for overspray in inner arches thats signs of a minor scuff having a mobile repair

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    check for misfires, caused by duff coils (200 each) or breather pipes under the manifold crumbling (40 part but inlet off, 6hrs work) also check wheel bearings, and they eat disks and pads. oh make sure its had the correct oil used and genuinefilters, it makes a massive difference. it will rattle at idle if its not.

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    Checked everything like that Rob, it's spot on FSH the thing that is putting me off is the paint.

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    it would put me off to.

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    It isn't super expensive, I wouldn't worry, most cars have had something done
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    Will it always bother me though. Probably doesn't help that I've already bought one car to be sensible and hate it . Bought the ATR, I was excited, bought the 330d, I was excited, bought the Evo, I was excited, bought other cars in the past and been happy knowing they we're stop gap cars but buying a car for work which with my mortgage and work I need to do to the house means I'm buying something to last a year or two...not excited, asking myself 100 questions.

    It's a cheap car and I'm letting a bit of paint put me off, not sure if I'm just making up excuses of why not to be sensible. They had a lovely focus st in the garage next to it now if I bought that I would be excited

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    My other choice would be spending a bit more on a 120d sport but would mean a bit of finance

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