Date registered: Jun 2007
Vehicle: 2000 E430 4Matic
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Wow, some of the responses here really make me laugh.
Different paint thickness on purpose?
Are you people bodymen in real life or do you just play one on the internet?
A magnet will do absolutely ZERO for the paint thickness and will very rarely show any bondo except in the case of a huge amount. Even a thin refrig. magnet will go right through a professionally laid on filler.
Extra thick paint from the factory? That is hilarious. Cars are now and have been for years sprayed by robot to exacting standards. All panels get the same amount.
Aluminum panels needing more paint? Give me a break. The aluminum saves weight, period.
The average person will not be able to detect body repair that is even shoddy at best. A pro will detect even the best work as there are always signs, always.
The dealer will rely on a paint depth gauge to determine past body repair if it is good enough to the naked untrained eye.
Without seeing the car in question in person, I would say it was in some type of front end accident and there will be tons of signs, but for the OP, I would strongly take issue with the selling dealer. Carfax is a joke. Tons of accidents don't get listed and if the car was repaired for cash and not under insurance, it won't show either.