What Is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?
If a person is buying a used car, it is wise to bring it to a mechanic first to do a thorough inspection. That is the basic definition of a pre-purchase inspection. The idea is for the mechanic to let the prospective buyer know if there are any major problems with the car. There could also be current minor problems that, if left unaddressed, can become major problems later. An inspection will uncover these minor problems too.
What Can Happen If You Do Not Have the Vehicle Inspected?
There is the old saying, "you get what you pay for." When you are buying a used car, you realize you are not getting a brand, new car. That is why you are paying so much less. However, nobody likes to be ripped off. A lot of people who sell used cars, especially privately, will try to take advantage of the buyer. For all you know, you could be interested in a complete lemon. Only a pre-purchase inspection can prevent this from occurring.
Benefits of a Pre-Purchase Inspection of a Vehicle
The biggest benefit is that it will reveal the real condition of the vehicle. A great mechanic will go over everything; the brakes, the tires, the engine, the body, the frame. You now get the picture. Even if everything looks good right now, an inspection can determine how long it will be before problems start to arise.
Is It Worth the Cost to Inspect the Vehicle?
Without a doubt, yes! If you are really interested in the vehicle, it is worth paying the inspection fees and possibly part replacement fees. The alternative is to decline to do this now and maybe break down on the highway and have a collision. At the very least there will now be significant damage to the auto which will cost so much more to repair. Compare those costs to the minor fees associated with the inspection.
We Can Help
If you're considering purchasing a used vehicle and need a pre-purchase inspection performed, the professionals here at our shop are happy to help. We have the licensed technicians needed to perform a thorough evaluation of the vehicle in question. Give us a call or stop by our shop today!