August 31, 2016

Used Car Pre-Purchase Inspection

Purchasing a used vehicle can be risky. When excited buyers get emotionally caught up in the vehicle purchase, they often miss mechanical, cosmetic, and safety issues during visual inspections and test drives. These problems are compounded if the vehicle being purchased is located in another city and is purchased prior to being seen in person. To eliminate much of the anxiety and get an accurate picture of the condition of the vehicle, many buyers choose to have a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) done before the sale is final.


What is a pre-purchase inspection?
A pre-purchase inspection is a detailed assessment by a qualified individual to determine the cosmetic, mechanical, and safety condition of a vehicle before completing the purchase. Most pre-purchase inspections are done by a certified mechanic or automotive technician who is knowledgeable in the make and model of the vehicle being inspected. The intent of the PPI is to uncover existing conditions or to reveal maintenance shortcomings that may become potential safety or financial issues for the buyer in the future.


What are the benefits of our pre-purchase inspection?

  • Reveal vehicle’s hidden problems before they become your expenses
  • Help you evaluate the actual market price of the car and assist you in negotiating a better deal
  • Help you avoid buying a “lemon” or a car that has been abused


What does the inspection include?
The pre-purchase inspection will reveal any hidden information that the vehicle’s electronic systems may store – the real mileage of the vehicle, whether it was abused or not (over-revving, for example), or even if it was driven under harsh conditions (stop-and-go traffic). Advanced diagnostic equipment is used to connect to vehicle sensors, retrieve diagnostic trouble codes, examine ignition parameters, and get other important clues revealing the vehicle’s condition. We will then sit down with you and run through the list explaining any points that have come to our attention.


American import? No problem for us.
We have partnered with  and  to provide you with detailed history reports at a minimal charge. These detailed reports provide information related to the status of the car (stolen, total loss, lemon, flood damage etc), mileage (if its rolled back or not) and no. of owners (private, 1-owner, fleet vehicle etc).


After our detailed inspection you can rest assured that you will have a thorough understanding of the car and its issues which will put you in the perfect position to make your decision.

Setup an appointment and come see us for your next used car pre-purchase inspection.