The last thing you want is to take someone’s word for it – the car is great – only to have it break down on you when you’re 2 miles up the road after handing over a chunk of cash.
You wouldn’t buy a house without having it inspected first, so why take your chances on a car?
A pre-purchase or used-car inspection is completed by a qualified mechanic or auto technician who will not only examine the vehicle, but will also take photos if you need them, and provide a report for you and the seller.
It’s A Full Assessment
Firstly, a used car inspection will assess the mechanical condition of the car, as well as any damage evidence there might be, and any potential issues you might face in the future. It’ll basically check everything works as it should and save you from stress later on. It looks at everything from damaged and rusted components, through to steering and brakes.
The process itself takes anywhere from 30 minutes to about 90 minutes, depending on how the car fares. It includes the following:
- Test drive
- Computer checks
- Dash warning light and bulb checks
- System checks (battery, electrical, exhaust, HVAC, ignition, cooling and radiator)
- Mechanical checks (steering, suspension, hoses, fluid leaks)
- Maintenance (tires, brakes, wipers and washers, fluid levels)
This varies depending on where you get it done, but you’ll find the average inspection in between $100 and $200. The price is generally paid by the buyer themselves, although some car owners actually get these inspections completed before they sell so they can increase the sales price.
There are many benefits of getting a pre- purchase inspection on a car you’re about to buy:
- If there is damage found, you may have more leverage to talk the price down.
- You will know whether there are any repair bills expected in the near future, so you can budget if you do go ahead with the purchase.
- Best of all, it gives you confidence that you’re paying the right amount of money for the vehicle, and peace of mind that you’re going to enjoy the use of the car for years to come.
As a buyer, you don’t HAVE to get this inspection completed, but it will help you to make a more informed decision. Not only that, but if you’re likely to be driving around family members and your friends – a car that isn’t safe is putting everyone’s lives at risk.
If you want to find out more or to book in an inspection, get in touch with the team at Freehold Tire today.