Clipped Cars - How not to Buy
Clipped cars are also called "clip jobs", with front and rear halves coming from 2 different vehicles. The proceudre is also known as full body sectioning. As a rule, these are badly damaged accident cars where the irreparable half is simply cut off, and the remaining part is welded with the remains of another car. Often, only a qualified car technician can tell a clipped car from a solid one. However, if you find a frame damage record on the vehicle history report you may suspect that the vehicle might be a part of a clibjob.
Are Clipped Cars Safe?
Certainly not. A clipped car can literally come apart while you are driving it or during an accident. Not just that, the clip job completely ruins the carefully calibrated crashing balance engineered in modern cars. To ensure the driver's and passengers' safety and keep them relatively intact, some parts are designed to crumble at precise times and places to absorb the destructive energy when an accident occurs. Air-bag deployment also is carefully calibrated. Experts say that the synchronization is totally ruined in clipped cars. And just imagine what can happen to a person inside a car that breaks apart at full speed...This s not just a myth to frighten used car buyers, the news report cars broken into 2 halves all over the country.
How to avoid buying Clipped Cars?
If you are buying a used car, always start with VIN number check and vehicle history report. This way you will know if a car was in a severe accident or had other problems in the past. Only if vehicle history report doesn't reveal any threats, like a major accident or frame damage you can ask a trustworthy mechanic to inspect the car. Visit our homepage for more information.
Unfortunately, the insurance company can repair a damaged car in this way and sometimes even without thw owner's consent. Just because clipping 2 parts is cheaper than repairing properly or replacing it or paying a total loss claim, and the contract states that it's the body shop who's responsible for the repair. That is why you should always ask for references before you choose an insurer and the body shop.