Beware of misaligned panels or large gaps, which may indicate careless factory assembly or poor repair. The color and finish of the paint must be the same on all body panels. Start by inspecting the vehicle's body. Walk around the car and take note of its overall appearance.
Pay close attention to the paint on the car; you may notice that certain parts of the car are covered with different paint. Perform a pre-purchase inspection, including a full inspection and a list of planned repairs with their cost, so you can know the real price and condition of the car you are interested in buying. Look for a mechanic who knows the make and model you are considering and confirm with the seller that they will allow you to inspect the car in its entirety. Here are some simple ways you can inspect a car to see if it has suffered accidents or damage in the past, using just a little investigative skill and a couple of senses.
Use the flashlight to inspect under the steering wheel, do the same on the passenger side, and check all dashboard and door panels.