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I'll tell you one thing though Jon...if the car was repaired well, you may never be able to tell. Mostly its the bad jobs you can spot.
Also, you can pay a small fee to www.carfaxonline.com, and submit the VIN #, and they will tell you if the car was ever totalled (but they can't tell if it just had a fender bender).
First thing I look for is overspray...where paint appears on tires, rubber seals, door locks, etc. And a small magnet is a great tool for detecting plastic bondo...but keep in mind of course than many bumpers and rocker panels these days are not metal!
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