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Need Advice, if I should buy this vehicle?

I’m looking to buy a USED minivan with my $11k budget with 80k miles. I seen this on autotrader online for 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT but am a little worry when I read the car history. I was hoping I can get some advice and also explain clearer the car history accident mean. Did the driver hit a tree when driving 45mph? Or did the tree struck the car when driving? Impacted the Top and Windows but airbags did Not deployed.

When I went to see the vehicle the dealership said the vehicle was repaired when he purchased it. The engine sounded good. so Is this a good car to buy or should I re-think? Any information/advice I will appreciate.

Thank you!!


Vin: 2C4RDGCG6FR718700

Title: Clean with 1 accident
Accident Details: 05-18-2018. County Grinelaware. State ShockedH

Vehicle Description : 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan
Type of Crash: Not Collision Between Two Motor Vehicles In Transport
Vehicle Type: Minivan For: Personal Use
Vehicle Body Style: Minivan
Impact Type: Tree
Vehicle Maneuver: Vehicle Straight Ahead
Posted Speed: 45 MPH
Estimated Speed: 45 MPH
Vehicle Action: Struck
Initial Impact: Top And Windows
Harmful Event 1: Tree
Vehicle Parked?: No
Struck Fixed Object?: Yes
Vehicle Struck Animal?: No
Damage Area 1: Top And Windows
Most Damaged Area: Top And Windows
Damage Severity: Functional Damage
Vehicle Disabled?: No
Towing Indicator?: No

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Be Careful

I would interpret the report that the car was traveling at 45 mph and a tree fell on it.
1. Check the window function carefully
2. Consider taking the car to a car wash and/or out into torrential downpour to check for window and/or door leaks
3. Look at Consumer Reports and hammer the seller on any portion of the vehicle that is below average in frequency of repair

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Consumer Reports?

In advance, Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it a lot!

. I’m not familiar with purchasing cars, what do I search for on Consumer Reports?

Dealership said they purchased at an auction and the vehicle was already repaired when they bought it, so they didnt have any information on the repair. Dealership printed out an Autocheck history that shows Clean Title.

Below is the information i can online on vehiclehistory.com

Vin: 2C4RDGCG6FR718700

2015 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

ACCIDENT Details:
05-18-2018 County Grinelaware. State ShockedH

Vehicle Description : 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan
Title: CLEAN
Type of Crash: Not Collision Between Two Motor Vehicles In Transport
Vehicle Type: Minivan For: Personal Use
Vehicle Body Style: Minivan
Impact Type: Tree
Vehicle Maneuver: Vehicle Straight Ahead
Posted Speed: 45 MPH
Estimated Speed: 45 MPH
Vehicle Action: Struck
Initial Impact: Top And Windows
Harmful Event 1: Tree
Vehicle Parked?: No
Struck Fixed Object?: Yes
Vehicle Struck Animal?: No
Damage Area 1: Top And Windows
Most Damaged Area: Top And Windows
Damage Severity: Functional Damage
Vehicle Disabled?: No
Towing Indicator?: No
Occupant Extricated?: No
Driver Airbag Status: Not-deployed
Pass. Airbag Deployed?: No

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Car with possible roof/structural damage

Consumer reports has frequency of repair charts. You may have to subscribe or use a library to find this information. Any vehicular system that receives less than a good rating, is a talking point in your efforts to negotiate a price reduction.
Most dealership cars come with warranties, but this might not cover things like door locks, electric window operation, door and window seals; so it might be worthwhile to have an independent mechanic evaluate the vehicle . ,

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CR

Consumer Reports warns against buying these, new or used.

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Wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole.

Dodge Caravans have an absolutely terrible, horrible, awful record for reliability, among the worst in the whole auto industry, foreign or domestic. And one that has been in a wreck? I would not even give it a look.

Sure, they look and drive nice, and offer a particularly clever use of a large space, but purchasing this vehicle would just be asking for trouble, probably really EXPENSIVE trouble.

If you want a van at this price, go a year or so older and find a good Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna. It will most likely be solid as a rock, run much more economically, require much fewer (if any) repairs, and just be a much better car for however long you own it. It is also likely to have a higher resale value when you choose to sell it.

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No

No, unless you want to buy a money pit.

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