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Young Zaphod
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Mar 23, 2022, 11:23 AM

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  post locked   Does this look like frame damage?  

2018 Subaru Forester 2.5L
~40k miles
Salvage title, rear end damage

This is a car I'm considering purchasing, but I know it was in a rear end collision. Everything currently works and drives great as far as I can tell, but I looked up the VIN and found pics of the accident that look pretty bad, but I'm no expert.

Would love to know if this damage looks like it impacted the frame of the car, or if it impacts the future safety of the vehicle. I want to install a lift on the car and, of course, make sure it's safe.

Note: I will definitely get a pre-inspection done, this is sort of a pre-pre-inspection so I don't waste money on an inspection if someone knowledgeable can tell me from photos to run away from the car now.

Posting URL for the images here since the image system isn't working:

Thank you for your help!

Hammer Time
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Mar 23, 2022, 12:21 PM

Post #2 of 3 (1796 views)
  post locked   Re: Does this look like frame damage?  

This is unibody construction so the whole car is frame and you can guarantee it has severe damage.

The fact that it has a salvage title makes is nearly worthless to resell.

In most states you cannot register a salvage title. They are sold as "parts only"

I see no benefit to getting involved in this car at all.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Mar 23, 2022, 12:24 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Mar 24, 2022, 1:27 PM

Post #3 of 3 (1711 views)
  post locked   Re: Does this look like frame damage?  

Just to add: At least it shows it was a fixed mess with now NO WARRANTY so price is lower always matters, buyer or seller.

No frame almost nothing out there has a frame. Just that you said that means you don't know is fine, between the lines means you don't know about these type cars. Trouble is (this is NOT my exact trade) is it can be straightened so body parts fit again.

Just doing that is cracking up paint on unseen areas an metal would probably (?) make it rust there quickly so it's still salvage.

AYOR no telling now if a bargain or a nightmare the latter more likely,


(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Mar 24, 2022, 1:30 PM)


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