Yes, this is an unfortunate title since I was pretty set on buying the car. But as is typical Craigslist purchases, it’s near impossible to believe most things that the seller says. The ONLY reason why I was interested in this salvage title Miata was that the seller insisted that he had the car inspected for frame/crash structure damage and that nothing was wrong with it. He had meticulous maintenance records and many many trips to the dealer. I figured this was enough to trust the guy enough to spend money on an inspection myself. Well I’m glad I spent that money because the worst possible outcome occurred; frame damage! Other issues came up as well but for the most part, it’s just the damage that makes the car a non-option. Here are some more highlights from the report.

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The check engine light coming on was just icing on the cake. I knew that there was a minor mechanical issue but considering the mileage I was fine with having something to fix and take care of after purchase. But with a check engine light and the car supposedly passing smog anyways, I have more doubts and questions than I care to deal with anymore. Overall, the rest of the car was great and the report showcased good maintenance and super minor wear and tear, especially for the age. But anyways, I’m not buying the car so on to the next one!

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