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Thread: Opinions about this ZHP for sale - Surface rust?

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    Opinions about this ZHP for sale - Surface rust?

    I'm looking everywhere I can for a car to buy and this car popped up on the Los Angeles CL last night:
    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ws...814350936.html

    After trading text messages and emails with the seller, he sent me a link of photos. In some of the photos, there's what appears to be surface rust:
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    Has anyone dealt with rust like this? Or what's the best way to repair it?

    The car in general seems good but I'm a little concerned about the price. Seems too high with the miles and paint repairs that will need to be done.

    I appreciate your help!

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    That spot looks like very light rust--more a case of the paint having flaked off and easily repaired permanently (not like the stuff that comes bubbling out of the crevices and tends to cover the entire undercarriage, which I would check). The biggest drawback I see, in my book, is the mileage.
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    Asking way too much for a car with that kind of mileage, not to mention the rust.

    Thankfully the rust is on an easily replaceable panel. It can probably be grinded off.

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    $10K with 155K and rust? I'd just stop texting.

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    I wouldn't pay a dime over 7 for that car OP. The rust isn't too big a deal, you can have it ground off and respray the fender without it ever looking like it had been there. The problem is I wonder what else has rust.
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    That car spent time in PA. There's more rust to be found on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer2086 View Post
    That car spent time in PA. There's more rust to be found on that.
    That's an assumption. My car has lived in salty states almost all it's life and the underside and body of this car is unbelievably clean, driven on average of 22k per year (driven year round) since it was originally sold.

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    That there's more rust to be found is a safe assumption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newjack View Post
    I wouldn't pay a dime over 7 for that car OP. The rust isn't too big a deal, you can have it ground off and respray the fender without it ever looking like it had been there. The problem is I wonder what else has rust.
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    That there's more rust to be found is a safe assumption.
    This

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reasoned1 View Post
    That there's more rust to be found is a safe assumption.
    So you're saying don't even look at it?

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