How do you know that you're not buying a used car that has been in accidents?? Here's how to look for the clues :
1- LOOK FOR RIPPLES
Stand either at the front or the back of the car where you can see the entire length on both sides of the car.. Scan from one end to the other end and if you see ripples on the paint's reflection, it's an indicator that the car has been in an accident.. If not, the reflection should be smooth and even..
2- CHECK THE PAINT QUALITY
Paint jobs gets dull after a while so if you see a section with shinier or lighter paint, it implies that that bit has been repaired.. Also check on parts that aren't supposed to be painted such as hoses at the engine since it might be done to cover any leakage..
3- OBSERVE THE DIFFERENCE IN GAP BETWEEN THE BODY PANELS
If you notice that the gap at the top between the door and the fender is wider than at the bottom, or the width is different compared to the other side, you know there's been a collision..
4- THE MAGNET TRICK
Hold a magnet close enough to the body until you feel it's pulling towards the body.. Where there's no "pull" it's a damaged area that has been repaired using body filler..
5- FLASH AT THE DARK AREAS
Lift the hood and check the engine leakage with a flashlight.. For the trunk, look out for the dented marks on the sides and at the spare tyre well..