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I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby sambalayne [OP] » September 13th 2012, 6:31pm

So i figured this out today while driving around. i think my safari may have been in a wreak and then repaired and sold. Got a few reasons to suspect this.
the drivers side door doesnt quite line up and has to be slammed hard to shut properly.
when i got it, it had a new transmission and transfer box.
the doors havve safari XT AWD emblems but the dash says safari SLT
numerous wiring problems that have no real reason to exist.

what do you guys think? what are some ways to figure out if a safari has been in a crash?
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby DRZ » September 13th 2012, 7:38pm

I think you have reason the suspect it has been in a wreck. CarFax is a sellers tool, not a buyers. One still has to be on their toes. My Astro "El Camino" was a total wreck but as I bought it from a private party, CarFax thinks it is pristine.
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Bread Van » September 13th 2012, 9:36pm

The doors would be the biggest giveaway unless they were changing out some rusty panels. Anyway, given your sig; who cares? You're obviously driving it to the ground so it may as well be repaired car. Think of it as recycling. I drive a 2005 Volvo that was "totaled" in a nasty front end collision. It's been repaired and is a beautiful car.
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Jasen » September 13th 2012, 10:02pm

The door could be worn hinge pins and bushings as well as a broken weld on one of the hinge's.
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Leeann_93 » September 14th 2012, 3:01am

^ this. And a replaced transmission and transfer case doesn't indicate a wreck, it indicates poor maintenance or bad driving (or both).
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby tedanderson » September 14th 2012, 11:24pm

Besides, what's wrong with driving a vehicle that was previously wrecked?
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby cowboydan » September 26th 2012, 5:23pm

a write off isn'that clean cut. there are provisions for insurance. a special inspection for starters. but a double stretched limo is kind of the same thing, both cars are cut in half, both cars are sold with both parties knowing, both cars passed the "special inspections and other requirements".
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Ragenme » September 26th 2012, 6:20pm

CarFax is only as good as the peple reporting to it. Most accidents never get reported or end up on the wrong vin #. I say change the oil and see how long she lasts.
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Rolling_Rock » September 26th 2012, 6:49pm

Its all good, it gets your around, it makes you smile, what more could you ask for?
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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Lumpy » September 26th 2012, 7:23pm

Rolling_Rock wrote:
... what more could you ask for?



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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Jasen » September 26th 2012, 10:00pm

Lumpy wrote:
Rolling_Rock wrote:
... what more could you ask for?



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Re: I have a hunch my van was wreaked before i bought it

Postby Leeann_93 » September 26th 2012, 10:30pm

Jasen wrote:
Lumpy wrote:
Rolling_Rock wrote:
... what more could you ask for?



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