A pre-purchase inspection is a crucial step when buying a vehicle. While buying a used car is a great way to save money, it is important to know that the vehicle is safe and is not in need of major and costly repairs.
A thorough check-up examines mechanical, safety, and appearance aspects, such as the vehicle’s:
- Fluids (including oil, antifreeze, power steering, coolant, and even your wiper fluid)
- Body condition
- Exterior surface
The best inspections also include a road test and a computerized engine analysis. Some comprehensive examinations also evaluate the condition of the instrument controls, pedals, seats, and sound system.
By getting a the car inspected by a professional, you’ll have a much stronger sense of it’s true condition. Your mechanic can identify underlying issues, estimate the cost of necessary repairs, and advise on any repairs that will need to be made soon after purchase. Your mechanic’s report will also let you know for sure if you’re getting a fair deal- and helps you to negotiate the price if you’re not. If the current owner is reluctant to have your mechanic give it a look, or refuses all together, that’s a huge red flag.
If you’ve never purchased a used car before, you might wonder how you go about setting up a pre-purchase inspection. V&F offers comprehensive pre-purchase inspections for vehicles of all kinds. Call us today at (413) 314-2280, or schedule an appointment online.