Related Photo Galleries
Regarding even the cars that command a premium price tag and are in decent overall condition, Austin says that 95 percent are rife with shoddy repairs. "The problem with buying a finished car is that a good body guy can hide a lot of imperfections that you can't see until you start disassembling a car. This doorskin should have been replaced in a prior repair, but it has a big hunk of Bondo in it instead. When you go to check out a car to buy, don't be shy about wrapping a magnet in a cloth and running it over the body to check for body filler."