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i'm seriously looking into buying this 2007 TL (base), and I'm in Canada. I took the car to my mechanic who says it's not mint, has some maintenance that should be done (check calipers, hand brake may be worn, evap cap code) but that there doesn't seem to be anything seriously wrong, seems about average, doesn't seem like the seller is trying to get away with something and priced pretty well. the guy seems decent too.

but i just saw the carproof from when he got it from a dealer, and the first (previous to current seller) owner claimed an $11,000 accident claim when the car only had about 35,000km (22,000 miles) on it. that's not a typo...$11,000.

i'm no mechanic, but that seems high, and i'm concerned about the safety (even though my mechanic says the car looks to be generally in good condition).

any thoughts about that? should i be concerned about buying this car?
 

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You already know what we're going to say, you just need confirmation ;)

Pass.
 

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Well basically do you want a salvaged car or not?

I do not know what the extent of the damage truly is, but I can tell you someone that surely will know. Take the car to a CarMax dealership, and tell them that you wish to sell the vehicle and would like to have an idea of the value of the car.

If you do not have a CarMax near you, I would Pass automatically. I always need to know the extent of the damage to the car, most of all where the car was impacted. Extremely crucial

Honestly I would not be scared of the claim, the claim has nothing to do with the car itself. I understand that these guys want to pass, but you never know, people do a lot of shit; primarily fraud. To come up, so it doesn't mean something bad has happened to the car. In the same time they want to do the most and least damage at the same time to have the ability to sell the car fairly easily.

There was never 11,000 dollars worth of damage, they would automatically total the car and the person would not have kept it. That is roughly 13k in repairs with labor

If they totaled the car completely, and it still had what 15k miles on the motor, an 07 would still go for more than 11k I believe. Maybe wrong, but I just trying to give hypothetical assumptions. However, the guy could have chosen to keep the car and get the money because the car is totaled, where as they would just pay him less money since he keeps it, and he will try to sell it. Where as the damage was BS, he has it fixed and now he is trying to sell it; which is where the fraud begins.
 
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