You’ve found the ideal “used’ vehicle that will help your college bound young adult or high schooler get around campus. It fits your budget and doesn’t have too many digs or dents, but there’s only one problem. You’re not sure if it will go the distance. While you’ve taken it for a quick spin around the block and it seems to run well despite its age, you’ll want to get expert advice before you buy.
- Expert experience. While you know a thing or two about cars, you still may want to invest in expert advice. One of our ASE-Certified Master Technicians will inspect the car and will tell you what kind of maintenance or auto repairs you might need to make in the near future. You always should ask the seller to do an automotive inspection before you buy so you can save on costly auto repairs that may not be visible when you take the initial test drive.
- Detailed exam. Our comprehensive inspection includes suspension, steering gear, tires, brakes, belts, hoses, exhaust, all fluids, and testing of electrical system (battery and alternator). Our technicians will outline what maintenance work needs to be done to keep the vehicle in good running order or note any safety hazards or red flags especially if the vehicle is a bit “rough around the edges.”
- Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. You’ve done your homework and now are ready to make an offer. Any repairs or general maintenance suggestions can be used to remind the seller, you will need to do some work on this car before you drive it home. Whether it’s a hundred or several hundred dollars needed in repair or maintenance, negotiate this off the selling price. Most used vehicles will need some kind of repair or maintenance work done so use what you’ve learn from Auto Lab to get the best price!