10 Things to Look For When Buying a Used Car

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Keep Seams Straight

Stand back from the car on each side, and from the front and back. With your eyes, follow along each seam between body panels, between the fenders and the doors, for instance, and between the hood and fenders. Make sure each seam maintains an even width along its entire length.

Check around the head and tail lights and where the bumpers attach, too. It is difficult for auto body shops to get every part to line up just as it did from the factory. If they take shortcuts and do their best to make everything fit back together at the end, this is where it's likely to show up. 

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