Pre-Purchase Car Inspection Explained

Why should I get a pre-purchase car inspection when looking for another car?

If you’re considering purchasing a used car, one of the best decisions you can make before you sign the paperwork is to have the car inspected by a licensed professional mechanic.

Would you spend thousands of dollars on a car you had never even seen? Of course not! So why would you spend that much money with just the dealer’s word that the car is in good shape?

The dealer says they inspected the car…  isn’t that good enough?

No!  One of the many services provided by Meyers Auto Tech is a pre-purchase car inspection for all cars and trucks. Why?  Because we know that choosing to have the vehicle inspected by an independent inspector before you buy it can save you time, money, and lots of trouble in the long run.  An independent inspector will have no vested interest in whether or not you buy the car, so they will be much more likely to give you a very honest assessment of the vehicle!

But what if the seller won’t let me have the car inspected independently?

Most dealers will let you take the car for inspection without hesitation.  However, if they seem reluctant you may want to reconsider whether you want to take the risk or not.  What might they be hiding?

Experts would agree that used cars and trucks must be inspected before the final purchase price is negotiated.  The average car buyer, even if he or she has good mechanical skills, really can’t perform the same level of inspection as a professional mechanic.

Ok I’d like to get this done.  How long will it take and what can I expect to learn?

With a little planning, the inspection process can be fast and highly informative.  If the inspection report is clean, you can buy the car with much greater confidence.  If the inspection reveals problems with the car, you can either back out of purchasing it or possibly negotiate a lower price with the dealer to account for the cost of the repairs needed.

“A stem-to-stern inspection, if it’s done right, can tell you if you’re about to buy a really great used car or step into a nasty set of problems.  Please call us the next time you’re in the market for a good used car…  We’d love to help!”  Scott Meyers

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