$12k carfax damage?

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  • Feb 3rd, 2021 12:53 pm
Apr 18, 2019
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$12k carfax damage?

Was going to buy a used 2016 nissan micra with 94000km. I look up the carfax report and it had “severe damage, top left front”. This was in August 2016 so wouldn’t be hail damage. The estimate to fix was 10k and then the actual claim was 12k.

The price of the car compared to others on the market is about $3500 less than what it should be. It seemed to have one owner and then was sold in an auction Jan 2021. It drove well and everything looks fine.

Does anyone know the circumstances of how a car would end up at an auction? Is it a bad idea to buy this car? I’m not really worried about resale value with it having a collision — I just want to make sure the car is safe for me and doesn’t have continuous maintenance repairs
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Oct 12, 2007
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Cars end up in auctions all the time and for a variety of reason. It's one of the reasons that dealerships sometimes disclose "customer trade" in their ads - to distinguish that car from the bulk of vehicles that go through auction. Still, just because a car went through an auction doesn't mean it's bad.

But this one may be. $12k damage on a Micra with 94k? Front end as well.

I am surprised that (a) they fixed it given how cheap these cars were when new - $10k-$12k has to be awfully close to the write-off threshold on the car; and (b) that it has a clean title (assuming it does). It will almost undoubtedly have down the road problems associated with the damage: rust, failing suspension or steering components and perhaps even issues related to alignment, electrical, cooling or a/c. Although given the time that has elapsed since the repair, these should have shown up by now. Without knowing the extent of the damage and how thorough the repairs were (corners are often cut), it is hard to say but I think it's best to assume the worst.

There's a buyer for every car and there's a price where any car will sell. I personally would walk away but I don't find a Micra compelling enough to take risks on down the road reliability.
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$12K damage for a $13K car? Run away fast! Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes
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How much is it selling for? $3,500 'off' on a car like this could be a large percentage. If it's been driven for 4 years and drives okay now, I'd consider taking the risk. Or to put it another way, it would be like buying a 10 year old beater but it's actually a 2016.
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$3500 off a 6 year old Micra with $12K damage should mean the car is pretty well free LOL
Here is one that only has 67K kms on it and is only $8K ... T3&sprx=-2
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Avoid it, cars heavily damaged are almost never right again...
Feb 2, 2021
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I'd avoid 12k in damage like the plague if I were you. So many better options than that