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Why Original Paint on a Vehicle Matters

Posted by Poquet Auto on Oct 24, 2019 9:32:00 AM

Car paint matters. It’s not just so you can look clean and sporty with candy-apple red or sleek and classy with sheer black. Paint is a key part of our 110-point inspection process when buying used vehicles. It's also important to know if a car has been repainted and how to spot the difference.


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Why Does it matter?

Checking a vehicle’s paint job is one of the many ways we verify its history and quality. If a vehicle has been repainted, we know it has an unclear history which may reflect something as minor as having been keyed or something as major as a serious accident.

Typically, there will be visual checklist you can do to determine if a car has been repainted:

  • Drips in the paint from runoff
  • Parts of the car appear to be slightly different in color
  • Edges of the car seem to have bumps or rough finishes
  • Sanding marks where possible dents used to be
  • Bolts will be stripped of paint, bolts come painted in new cars

As we explain in our post, “Why Don’t You Have My Color?”, we pick our cars based on pure quality – not based on color. That means we eliminate any cars we’ve found to have been painted outside the original factory.

Here’s a peek into our buying process: 

Say our buyers are looking at Mercedes C300’s. When we’re at the Mercedes sale, we find 50 Mercedes C300’s available for us to purchase. So our next step is a quality check. We’ll meticulously assess each of those 50 cars and isolate only those vehicles that meet our high standards for quality. After doing the quality check, only 10 out of those 50 cars may end up meeting our requirements. And out of those 10, perhaps only three cars were aligned with our market assessment (to give you the best price). 

So out of 50 cars, we purchased three because those were the only cars that met our high-quality and great value requirements – including original factory paint.

When we purchase cars to bring back to our Poquet lot, quality is our number one priority. We choose the best cars, in the best condition, at the absolute best price.

So when it comes to a car's color, you have to know what matters – excellent quality.


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No matter if you've been planning to purchase a new vehicle or need one in a pinch, everyday at Poquet Auto is a great day to get a great price on vehicle. As the leading pre-owned car dealer in the Twin Cities, you’re sure to have a great experience when you visit Poquet. From the moment you step in the door, our professional staff will help you find the best vehicle, no matter the make, model, or price you’re looking for.

Finally, learn how to get the best value for under $20,000 or schedule a test drive in one of our 200+ vehicles today!

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