No piece of car buying advice is more often ignored than this: Have our technician inspect a used car before you buy it. Why do buyers plunk down thousands of dollars on a car with little more than an around-the-block test-drive and a glance under the hood? Three reasons deter car buyers from taking this vital step:
- Most consumers don't know that a good used car inspections are readily available.
- Many car buyers don't want to pay the extra money for an inspection.
- Some people anticipate a hassle prying the car away from a dealer or private party.
With a little planning, the inspection process can be as fast (and as revealing) as a hidden-camera exposé. If the inspection report is clean, you can buy with confidence. If it unearths ugly problems, you can back away or negotiate a lower price in line with the cost of repairs.
Most sellers will let you take the car for an inspection. If the seller hesitates, you might wonder what they're hiding.
The Vital Pre-Purchase Inspection
Experts agree that used cars must be inspected before the final negotiation for purchase. The ordinary car buyer, even if mechanically savvy, really can't do it justice. "A stem-to-stern inspection, if it's been done right, can tell you if you're about to buy a great used car or step into a nasty set of problems," Dave Tomassetti said.
We also recommended having the inspection performed by a technician with whom you've built a relationship. The car should also have a test-drive over a predetermined route that includes hills, bumps to pick up suspension problems and reveal engine performance issues.
What It Costs, What It Covers
Nearly all auto service facilities, from chain repair stores to dealerships to independent garages, offer some type of pre-purchase inspection. We have developed an extensive detailed report that takes 3hrs to complete. The price is $465.00
While no inspection is guaranteed to find every flaw in a used car, a trained eye can help you avoid serious problems. Given the fact that thousands of dollars are at stake, a few hours of your time is good insurance against the unknown.
PRICE: $ 465.00 + HST
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