I would find out the circumstances surrounding the theft. Most people think about some thug breaking the lock and hit wiring the car and driving off. The theft could have been a purchaser who didn’t have the funds or the credit wasn’t cleared and the dealer had to report it stolen. I would look further into it before passing. You might not find another like this for this priceOh I didn't even pay attention. Completely overlooked that it was stolen.
That would be a game changer for me. Pass.
I've dealt with selling cars with imperfect carfaxes before.
One of the cobras I had showed a mileage discrepancy because someone fat fingered and extra digit... Car fax wouldnt remove it. I lost MULTIPLE buyers just because of that and had to discount it by a couple grand to finally get it sold. This was years ago, not in todays market.
Since then any discrepancy on the car fax is a pass for me. For me, Not worth the hassle if you ever go to sell it again. The car does look really clean, but 30k and a theft recovery is too much.
That's nice that they were able to buff out all the scratches, and that the car was recovered the next day, BUT......it's still a reported theft on CarFax and re-selling it might mean a price hit. IMO if there was no theft reported on the CarFax and it wasn't "scratched all over the place" and buffed out, the asking price is reasonable in the current market. But there's that reported theft, and it will always turn away a number of interested parties, today and down the road. JMO.I had a friend that lives local check it out in person. He said it was in really good shape (except the drivers seat bolster). Per the carfax, it was stolen and recovered the next day. I spoke to the owner, and he said it was scratched all over the place. They were able to buff everything away and no repaint was needed. Lowest he will sell is $29k, or he said he’ll keep it.
I wanted to pass that along to you guys.