Here is a quick list of items to consider when making your purchase:
- How many owners does the car have? You can get this info from a Car Fax report or a local DMV. This tells you how many times the car has traded hands. I would say the more owners the less attractive the car. A history of repairs becomes convoluted and difficult to source as well.
- Any signs of repainting or accident damage? Check the seams of the door, around attachment screws etc. Look for changes in paint color or texture. These are all signs that the car may have been worked on. I would steer clear!
- Tire Wear: What is the condition of the tires? How old are they? Make sure to check the date codes. Low mileage Corvettes suffer from old tires. They may have plenty of tread, but they are dangerous to drive on. They dry out and cause serious injury.
- Leaks? Look underneath, around the engine bay and around the back end. Look for oily buildup that is a sign of an issue. Most of these can be repaired fairly easy with little cost, but you should know what you're getting yourself into.
Good luck on your car search. The right one is out there for you, just keep looking!