The main thing I would look for is over spray paint on any of the body seams and door jams. This would sure tell you if the car has been painted....bimmer said:Can somebody list the common things that I should be aware of for buying a used car? Can people list all the problems that people have found on their E46 3 series?
I agree! Take it somewhere and have them look it over. If there is anything wrong with it they'll spot it. They can also tell if the car has been repainted. Also... the dealer should be able to provide you with a printout of the car's service history so you can see what's been done to it.Dunbar said:Take it to an independent mechanic of your choice, run carfax and have a body shop give it a 30 second once-over. Do you really trust the dealer's inspection on a car they are selling? Do you know what conflict of interest means?