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How do you define vehicle condition?

There are a number of cosmetic, mechanical and maintenance factors that go into determining the condition of a used vehicle:

Clean - No mechanical defects and passes all necessary inspections with ease; paint, body and wheels may have minor surface scratching with a high gloss finish; interior reflects minimal soiling and wear, with all equipment in complete working order; vehicle has a clean title history; vehicle will need minimal reconditioning to be made ready for resale.

Average - Mechanically sound but may require some repairs or servicing to pass all necessary inspections; paint, body and wheel surfaces have moderate imperfections and an average finish which can be improved with restorative repair; interior reflects some soiling and wear in relation to vehicle age, with all equipment operable or requiring minimal effort to make operable; clean title history; vehicle will need a fair degree of reconditioning to be made ready for resale.

Rough - Significant mechanical defects requiring repairs in order to restore reasonable running condition; paint, body and wheel surfaces have considerable damage to their finish, which may include dull, faded or oxidized paint, small to medium size dents, frame damage, rust or obvious signs of previous repairs; interior reflects above average wear, with inoperable equipment, damaged or missing trim, and heavily soiled or permanent imperfections on the headliner, carpet and upholstery; may have a "branded" title; vehicle will need substantial reconditioning and repair to be made ready for resale; some existing damage may be difficult to restore. 

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