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Old 02-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #1

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Screwdriver test, wouldn't that upset the owner?

I've seen it in many places. When looking at a used vehicle, test for rust underneath by scratching some of the metal with a screwdriver.

Wouldn't that cause rust to start growing there, especially if they had it coated and you scrape off the protection? I've also read to pull up spots of their carpet to check for rust.

I would think the owner would get pissed. Am I missing something?
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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You're not scratching the metal with a screwdriver, you're looking for bubbled paint or known vulnerable areas and poking the spots with a screwdriver to see if it's rusted through or not.

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And the carpet in Jeeps is made to come out. You should definitely look under the carpet in the floorpans. I've seen several with standing water....

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If it's still MY vehicle, ya better think twice before goin at it with a screwdriver!
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:38 PM   #5

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Ok, saw another site that said to ask the owner to poke at bubbling paint with a screwdriver. Must have misinterpreted what I thought I read before with the scraping. lol

I'd rather look like a newb here than when I'm out looking at other people's Jeeps.

I can just see me now. "Ok sir, I'm just going to check your paint job to see if it's easily scratched by this screwdriver. I'll just be a minute..." :-D
Then test their headlights to see how resistant they are to a hammer.
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