Whenever you come across an astonishingly inexpensive used vehicle, you should take a very careful look. It might be a vehicle imported from the USA where it has been declared unroadworthy and can no longer be sold. In some cases, flood or accident damaged vehicles are not salvaged, as required by US insurance companies, but exported to Europe for sale.
These vehicles are inadequately repaired at minimum cost in countries like Poland and Lithuania. For instance, already deployed airbags are not replaced with new ones but merely simulated as being operational by resistors. If worse comes to worst, such defects may pose a fatal risk.
The best protection against fraud is a healthy distrust of imported vehicles with unusual delivery routes. Asking specific questions will allow you to identify any discrepancies in the vehicle history presented. If the latter mentions any damage from accidents, you should demand a detailed description. We also recommend that, before you buy a vehicle, you should have a trusted expert or an inspection station examine such a seemingly good bargain for potential flaws and test-drive it at length.
Specialised on-line portals like carfax.eu provide vehicle history information against payment. All you have to do is enter the Vehicle Identification Number, i.e. the vehicle’s fingerprint. However, there is no guarantee for a complete history.