Asked on Aug 19, 2012


Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comKathy PMiriam Illions


my daughter has put a deposit down on a 2010 . good price! $12900. great shape but in getting home did the carfax and found out the car had been in an accident with air bag deployment. car was repaired by a nissan dealer. still a good buy or too good to be true? thanks so much for any responses.
4 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 19, 2012

    it depends a bit on extensive this "crash" was. air bags can be deployed at 10 to 15 mph. which may crumble some of the body work...if this was a bigger crash then many of the "unii-body" components may have been compromised. Many years ago I knew of mechanics that would buy "totaled" vehicles super cheap then rework the body and sell them. The car fax should say more if this was the case. I recently had a wheel bearing on my truck replaced...this part failed some 5 years after that axle sustained a good bump on a rock that damaged a leaf spring... Many issues from accidents do not show up until some years have passed.

  • Miriam Illions
    on Aug 20, 2012

    Kathy, you should call in to the Clarke Howard show. He will give you good advice.

  • Kathy P
    on Aug 20, 2012

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. miriam thanks for the info. never heard of him but will check out the link. thanks for answering so promptly.

  • Kathy, you need to contact your own garage to have a look see at the auto. All Carfax does is alert you to what you now know. It is up to you to get someone who is familiar with this type of accident to do a look see to determine what if any issues that can be present. What does the Blue book say about the car value? Good price does not mean good value.

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