WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING ANY USED VEHICLE INSPECTED BEFORE YOU PURCHASE!
We understand the pressures of buying a vehicle and sometimes that can lead you to making a hasty decision. We can provide you a detailed inspection report and will thoroughly explain our findings. Many times during these inspections, we have found thousands of dollars in necessary repairs & maintenances. Having this information prior to purchasing allows you some bargaining power or can save you from making an even more costly decision.
We know that you have to move quickly when buying a car, so we try our best to work in pre-purchase inspections as soon as we can. If you are purchasing from a place that gives you a specific amount of days to get the vehicle checked out, you should call to schedule the inspection before you sign the paperwork. It’s important to know that you have an inspection appointment reserved prior to the dealer inspection deadline.
Here are a few car shopping red flags that should make you walk away:
If the seller will not let you take the vehicle to be inspected by your own mechanic.
If the seller tells you that they will have it checked by “their mechanic”.
If they want to charge you a deposit (either partially refunded or not) to have it inspected.
A few concerns to keep in mind:
Older vehicles with very low mileage, can sometimes have more issues than higher mileage vehicles. Vehicles are machines that are meant to be driven. If a vehicle sits too long, it can cause seals to leak prematurely and other parts to wear because of lack of movement & lubrication.
Sometimes “a little rust” is much more of an issue than what you can see. Rusty bolts and suspension components will sometimes be so corroded that they can take longer to be removed, need to be cut out or even replaced. Typically vehicles from the north, where they use more salt on the roads and also coastal regions have significantly more rust than other vehicles.
CarFax reports are only as good as the information that is reported and input. These reports can be helpful, but there also can a lot of missing information. We can tell more about a vehicle during an inspection than what you can read from a CarFax.