Title pretty much sums it up, but here's the whole shebang. I found an 09 Subaru Legacy GT used for ~24,500 with 4,417 miles. the car is incredible to drive. its a blast and has gorgeous interior. so i took it home. at 300 miles, the engine began making noise. it stalled on me twice and i pulled over and called subaru. they sent a tow truck that took 2 hours. the car was towed to a rinky dink subaru dealer. 1 hour after it was dropped off, i got a call that the dealership doesn't want to pull the motor because the dealership was in the process of being sold!!!! so i had it moved to a dealership closer to home. I got another call telling me the car was already at the new dealership (sweet!!!) and that since neither dealership nor subaru of america had come accross that issue, so instead of rebuilding the motor, they were dropping in a new one! (freaking awesome!!!!) so they drop the motor in and test drive it and call me to tell me the car is ready (after a week or so), then tell me their master mechanic (who did the swap) found that the car had been in a frontal collision. (WTF!!!????) i knew the car had been tapped on the back and that the damage wasn't bad or deploy the bags. (read carfax at dealership). obviously, the dealer i bought it from (in Pennsylvania, i live in jersey) did not know of this. so i go back to the dealership so they can show me their findings. the service manager came outside and showed me several hints or tell tale signs that the car had a "moderate" frontal collision. we even compared side by side. The front bumper cover, the grille, the hood, the radiator support was all replaced, but not the bumper support beam. a legal counsel advised me to either return the car (but i really really like it) or have the dealer refund the difference of what the vehicle should have costed me. (likelyhood fo that happening?) here are some shots.
the good side... this car rocks!!!!
the bad side...
Can anyone still run a carfax??? please PM or email me @aol.com
If any of the bags go off it will show up on the carfax-since none of them did-the repair could go unreported and carfax would never find out. The carfax for my Trep showed nothing out of the ordinary-but I think it was invaolved in a front end collision-now the paint on the hood in the past couple of months has become very dull-unlike the rest of the car and you can see a spot where the front fenders hit the leading edge of both front doors.
Chances are the paint over time will fade out and possibly peel from the surface. If the bags deployed, which I think you have to be moving above a certain speed for them to even be active unless that has changed from the last i checked, then they could have gotten around reporting the whole thing. IMO, return the car for a refund, that, or have the dealership that sold it, get everything that is bent/cracked replaced.