I was looking into buying an LJ and took it for a test drive. It seemed to be in a good shape although I found the steering somewhat light.
I was pretty happy about it and thinking about the deal I could make with it for my JK until I ran car fax.
It says structural damage reported 3/6/12
Another entry says accident / damage reported 3/6/12
Later in the report it says 3/6/12 Damage Report Damaged reported after accident or other incident. Damage to right front. Structural damage reported.
On 4/24/12 there is a two wheel alignment performed.
After that I see a few title updates within a few months of each other then on 7/15/13 it went to auction.
It appears to have spent most of its life in California but now is in Lafayette Louisiana at a used car dealer. The mileage is 98,624.
Here is a link to it.
It looks better in person than in pictures and runs fine. Other than the feeling somewhat light, I guess since I am used to my JK on 35's, it drove fine.
My intention was to trade my built JK for it and end up with $10K in my pocket. I paid cash for my JK new on the lot in July 2007, so I am not trying to pay it off or something. It's just several problems have cropped up with it and I don't want to deal with it anymore, especially since some of it is computer problems that the dealer cannot even fix.
I thought I was all set to buy this LJ and make the deal, with the only negotiation being how much money I end up with at the end of the day.
Now, with this car fax, I don't feel so good about it. I was wondering if there was a way I could find out how severe the damage was from the wreck. No air bag deployment was reported, so that to me seems like it could not have been that bad of a wreck.
What do you guys think? Any idea how to find out the details of the wreck and the damage caused?
When I talk to them tomorrow about it, I am going to ask about bringing it to the Jeep dealer or my favorite off road shop to get checked out to make sure that the repairs from the wreck were completely fixed and they didn't just slap shiny new paint on without fixing everything correctly.