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What You Should Know if You’re in the Market for a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a good option when you’re looking for a quality vehicle without the higher price tag. While a used car can be a sensible option, buyers still need to make smart choices. There’s a lot to look for when buying a used vehicle, but here are some things to look out for to help you choose the right car for you.

Misaligned Body Panels
Misaligned body panels are one of the most commonly observed imperfections in used cars. However, what many sellers try to pass off as minor surface irregularities could be masking something a lot more sinister, such as a major car accident. This is why it’s crucial to ensure that car doors and body panels, as well as the trunk and hood gaps, are evenly aligned.

Dealership Financing Offers That Are Too Good to Be True
Car financing is easy, and a lot of dealerships are determined to make that process “easier” by offering you the “best interest rates in the market.” Keep in mind that used car dealers are middlemen hoping for a cool commission while offering you a car loan. They aren’t doing you any special favors just because you’re buying a used car. You should be even more wary if they present a car loan with an interest rate that is extraordinarily better than market rates – generally, only 10% of buyers qualify for 0% or low-interest dealer loans.

Manipulated Odometer Clocking
The average mileage on cars hovers around 10,000 per year. If the odometer doesn’t add up with the age and appearance of the used vehicle you’re looking at, then something fishy may be going on.

Malfunctioning Engine Light
Engine lights are the windows into a car’s soul. They give you a live display of your car’s performance and help you guide it more efficiently. So if used car salespeople tell you that a malfunctioning engine light isn’t a big deal, do not simply take them at their word.

About Spirit West Rapid Refinish

Spirit West Rapid Refinish, established in 2011, was formed to focus on providing quality service for customers who are paying out of pocket for automobile repairs and streamline the workflow volume.

We take great pride with teamwork and our commitment to making sure our team receives training on the latest innovative state-of-the-art equipment and collision repair techniques.

We are proud to say our team is family, and we treat our customers like family too. Whether you need minor collision repair services, bumper repair or vehicle paint, give us a call today (636) 386-8060 to see how we can restore your vehicle to its original factory finish or stop by the shop 14643 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm closed 12pm-1pm daily.




Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.