CARFAX Question > "Accident Indicator Reported"

Today my daughter and I went looking around for a used car. We found her a clean '03 Ford Focus with 30K miles on the odometer. After
giving the car a good lookover and test drive, we had the dealer print us out a CarFax report. The report listed a "Accident Indicator Reported". The detailed vehicle history part of the report shows the car was checked in to a collision repair facility about 2 months/3,000 miles after the car was first purchased in March of '03. Then it shows it had a regular service stop 10 days/100 miles later, and again 1 month/1,500 miles later. After that, just regular service intervals until it was sold at an auto auction as a fleet vehicle. The rest of the CarFax report is clean and it lists the car as being a 1-owner car.
As for the body, all the gaps between the panels are equal. The hood, hatch and both doors shut the way they should. There aren't any cracked lens or trim pieces, and all the paint matches up. While it does have a few very small dings here and there, the only real noticeable descrepancy is the corner of the hood on the driver's side, up by the windshield isn't flush with the top of the fender.
The car runs, stops, and handles good. It tracks well, doesn't pull or pulsate when you stomp the brakes, and it doesn't leak or smoke. The engine itself is spotless.
We have the car for the rest of the weekend, so tomorrow I'm going to put it up on some ramps to get a better look underneath.
So far what do you think? And do you think the Accident Indicator Reported is a concern? Or do you think that whatever happened was 27,000 miles ago and if handles and runs good, don't worry about it...? Probably just a minor fender bender, right...? What's your thoughts?
Patrick '93 Cobra
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See if you can find out about the accident. Could have just been something minor, i.e. bumper, scraped paint, etc.
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I agree, it could just be a little bit of touch up work or something to that effect or something like what happened to mine (which by the way, I visited today at the body shop... mah baby pony got her new windshield, a buffing, and awaits the paint to dry on the new bumper as well as the new airbags). So, if it was in an accident, the person could have lucked out and just had cosmetic damage (unlike the other Focus as the body shop.... :( crumpled hood, smashed axle, and no airbag deployment... total loss). It's a good little car, it gets you from point A to point B then to point C and back nicely. Not a Mustang or a Wrangler, but good 'nuff.
Good luck with it...
patricia
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote in

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So it started out as a fleet car then was sold to a private owner? Is the dealer's asking price reasonable, or is it ridiculously low?
If the price is "normal" and the car checks out mechanically, then why not go for it? Even if it was in some kind of accident, it's apparently been fixed properly based on what you've said above.
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On 25 Jun 2005 20:59:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

lmfao only IDIOTS buy a focus just wait till them wheel brngs get noisey
lmfao
h u r c a s t
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wrote:>

What's wrong Charley? Can't spell bearings? You didn't even try.... "LMAO"
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

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Hurc,
I don't have time tonight. Go fuck yourself.
Patrick '93 Cobra
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You should consider brining the car to a reputable shop so a tech could inspect it. It would be on your own dime but it's worth it.
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Mark C. wrote:

Thanks for the advice folks!
I put it up on ramps today and looked it over/under. Everything looks okay... there aren't any visable signs of prior damage.
More to come on this developing story...
Patrick '93 Cobra

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On 26 Jun 2005 18:57:22 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

lmfao just wait till ya find out ya get 20K to a beake rotor LMFAO has the rear bearing recall been doon i still dont think that little bolt will hold the bearing down lmfao
h u r c a s t

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I hope everything works out for you and your daughter. I just bought a car that had been traded in to Carmax. I pulled the carfax and it had been in an accident. We took the vehicle to a collision specialist. He was kind enough to do a thorough once over for us at no charge. He could tell us exactly where the car had been hit and the extent of the damage. We felt relieved. It sounds like the focus will be a good buy.
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snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com tried to communicate and mumbled:

"Breake rotor"? Speak, Hurc, speak... get it out man!

"Doon"? Dune...? What are you trying to say? Try harder... c'mon Hurc, chimps can be taught to speak better English than you.

"Think"... whoa! No way! Not you... you haven't shown any signs of brain function since you've been here.
Patrick '93 Cobra '03 Focus ZX3

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On 27 Jun 2005 19:50:05 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

lmfao retards like you pay for my kids university
LMFAO h u r c psssst i bet ya need a brake job soon LMFAO
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