Steal or Deal? 2009 G6 with a Reconstructed title, priced low
Hi, I was considering purchasing a used Pontiac G6 since my 04 Grand Am was totaled recently (after someone cut me off). I had an 04 grand am and I was looking at upgrading to a used G6. I have about 10K to spend on the replacement car and I found something that sounds like a deal, I just donít know if itís a real deal or not so I would like a professional opinion.
I was looking on craigs list for a used car and found a 2009 G6 with 27K miles on it, for $9,000. I went down to take a look and the seller had about 20 cars they were selling in there lot, (including the 2009 G6). I took it for a test drive and it seemed to drive just fine. The guy said the only issue is it has a RECONSTRUCTED title on the car. The guy told me a pole originally fell and landed on the front end of the car and clipped the bumper, causing it to need a new front fender and a new right headlight. He said the driver side back window was also cracked, and when the insurance company evaluated the car they decided even though the repair cost would be minimal, they just decided to total the car. The guy told me now adays the insurance companyís often do this for several reasons, 1. So the state can collect a 20% fee (not sure if its 20% of the cars value or what) 2. He said the insurance will often total a car to keep the customer happy, ensuring the customer wont switch to another insurance company. After hearing that, the red flags went off in my head.
So I inspected the car all around, opened all the doors, hood, and trunk and closed them to ensure everything sounded right and made sure all the seals were tight which they seemed to be. The only suspicious thing I noticed was the drivers side window had some deep scratches in the glass, just like my old grand am had (I remember my auto body shop said it was due to a misalignment or something). So I wrote the VIN number down just so I can run a carfax but since I couldnít get a clear photo of the VIN on the dash, I took a photo of the vin number from the door sticker. I got home and was looking at the VIN and noticed the 10th digit in the VIN was a ď5Ē, so that means that door came from a 2005 car. Then it made sense- the original door in the G6 was probably replaced with a door from a 2005 G6, and thatís why it had the scratches in the glass (I was gonna say it took my grand am 4-5 years to develop deep scratches on the glass, I was concerned why this 2009 car had the scratches but clearly the door was pulled from a 2005 car after seeing the 10th digit was a 5 on the VIN sticker on the door). Just to make sure I was on the right track I checked door compatibility between the 2005 and 2009 G6 cars and they both car compatible. I also noted the chrome trim on the rear drivers side door did not line up 100%, it was slightly misalligned (but the doors themselves appeared alligned).
The guy said I can bring the car to any mechanic to check for issues, so I am planning on driving it to my mechanic so he can take a look on Thursday. Plus the car is located 40 miles away from my area so it will be a good stress test to put the car up to (driving it back and forth).
Now finally my questionÖif my mechanic checks the car over real good do I still have a major risk of having major problems with the car in the near future? My issues are that the guy did not tell me about the door being replaced, and he told me how the insurance totals cars (almost as if itís a favor from how he described it) which clearly is not true. So is it even worth having my mechanic check it out or would the red flags be enough to say its not even worth taking to the mechanic?