Are Accident Cars Safe to Buy?

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that there were 122,434 automobile accidents in the Commonwealth in 2022 alone. Most vehicles involved in collisions are not totaled. They are often repaired and, sometimes in the future, resold. This raises an important question: Is it safe to buy a car that was previously involved in a collision? The answer is that it can be safe—but these vehicles do carry some additional risks and a thorough pre-sale inspection is a must. Within this blog post, our Hillsville car accident lawyer explains what you should know about purchasing a vehicle that was previously involved in a crash. 

Safe to Buy a Car that has Been in a Crash? “It Depends”

It is not uncommon for people to opt to buy a used car. Indeed, buyers can often get great deals on pre-owned vehicles. That being said, you need to do your research. Some used cars have an accident history. When repairs have been made, that accident vehicle may or may not be as safe as it was pre-crash. To be clear, accident cars are safer to buy than they used to be before better records were kept. As a representative for Autotrader notes, there is now “less risk in buying a car that’s been in a collision.” Still, the safety of a vehicle with a prior crash history is a very reasonable concern. 

A Used Car Should Be Comprehensively Inspected—Especially if it has a Crash History

Before you buy any used car—but especially one that has been in a crash—you should get it checked out by a professional. A skilled mechanic can look over the car and spot problems you might not see. Among other things, they will likely check the frame, engine, and other parts to make sure everything’s working right and that the repairs were done properly. A comprehensive inspection is an absolute must—both to ensure that the vehicle is a good deal and, more importantly, to ensure that it is safe for you and your family.  

The Seller May Potentially Bear Liable for a Crash Caused By an Unsafe Vehicle

When someone sells a car, they have a general duty to be honest about its condition. If they knowingly or negligently sell you a car that is unsafe and a crash happens as a consequence, that seller might be responsible. It is important to ask the seller for all the details about the car’s history and repairs. Get it in writing if you can. If something seems off or the seller will not give you straight answers, it is a red flag. Remember, your safety is vital when buying a pre-owned vehicle. 

Consult With an Auto Accident Lawyer in Hillsville, Virginia

At The Jackson Law Group, our Virginia motor vehicle accident lawyers are skilled, passionate advocates for injured victims. If you or your loved one was hurt in a crash, we are more than ready to help. Give us a call now or contact us online for a free case review. From our Hillsville office and our Wytheville office, we fight for victims and families throughout the entire area.