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I was reading an article in a bike mag a couple months ago, can't remember which, where they interviewed a guy who run's a business buying, rebuilding and selling salvage bikes.
He was saying with the newest bikes it can be a big gamble as the frame walls have become so thin that he's seen bikes with tweaked frames just from slow speed parking lot drops.
The other thing he said though is that he avoids any bike that he knows/suspects has been flipped as the chance of frame and/or engine damage is way too high for him to consider it worth the risk (high impact energy, plus the engine could have been running upsidedown with no oil at the pickup, and oil getting into places it shouldn't).