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Why would you need a new shock absorber only on the front driver's side?

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I'm trying to ascertain the most likely reason why a new shock, or "traction arm" as the seller calls it, was fitted to the driver's front side and not the passenger's side. This is for a T4 van I'm currently looking at...

With further inspection, I've noticed the front bumper driver's side has come off its fittings and slightly loose.

And also the front wing appears to have been resprayed or even replaced as it's a shinier white than the bonnet. However the grille has also been obviously sprayed / painted white since I've never seen brilliant white bird poop.

What I'm getting at is does this add up to a serious accident, what kind, and how to tell if any repair has been made properly. Either looking under or in test-drive.

Mileage is 73k on a W (2000) - I like. Going for a test-ride tomorrow.

Looking for help on valueing if anyone can help also, other damage to note...
 

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I know you can buy them separatley, but i was advised to change both at the same time, otherwise all the pressure is on one.
 

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unless its cheap, walk away..
why buy a crashed van even if its been fixed when their are good unmolested vans about..

if price dosent reflect it being crashed your paying "scene tax"..:(
 
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