It is too bad the dash has damage from the windshield replacement
Not really what I'd call "damage", just some scuffs that can't normally be seen. I'm confident some 303 will "heal" them, but sorry to say that all I've done with this car is keep it clean, obey the Service Messages, and DRIVE it. I hope to detail it before I do a trade-in. Real soon now.
and it is not an OEM windshield.
Yeah, that irked me a little, and removed the last vestiges of respect I had for CarFax, as though that stupid beady-eyed puppet in their commercials hadn't been enough. I can't envision a windshield job not showing up- the Safelite guess at a price was on the order of $800 for an original, and I doubt anyone has that kind of no-copay coverage.
I had major issues with Safelite on a previous car and the only solution was to go somewhere else and get an OEM windshield but that car had a Heads Up Display.
Oh, yeah. Ironically, the last straw for giving up on the Phaeton and getting the Z was when I came out one day to find it had a crack across the windshield like a stinking Chevy pickup. The W/S job on the VW is $5K, and entails headliner removal. After taking out the seats. Still, better than the world-market versions which have a heated windshield, which runs a thousand watts through it, I suppose.
The Safelite there was incompetent( lots of leaks and damaged trim). My father in another location also had issues with Safelite. Hopefully they have improved their training.
I've done windshields on a couple of cars, but just the old gasket-and-bead method from the old days, none of this modern glue-in, part-of-the-chassis stuff. Only another facet of current automotive technology I'd never want to deal with. The guys at the Safelite shop in Stockton seemed pretty good, and let me vulture over them as they worked. It's held up for over two years, knock on wood.
My previous car that I sold to Carmax when they looked it up in what ever system they use it showed no accidents. I know for a fact there were claims against the car so it all depends on whether the insurance company reports to the main databases or not. I doubt Carfax is accurate for any car but if it shows a lot of accidents I would walk away but don't believe if it is clean the car is definitely clean.
Yeah, the whole current car business is as shady as the cars are good. In deeper research I'd found mine had ping-ponged around at least three local dealerships before the one I got it from. But if it has any hidden flaws, they've remained hidden.