Question: I am in the market for a used car, but I want to make sure I’m not buying a vehicle that isn’t going to need a lot of repairs right away. What should I do?
Answer: The best way to protect yourself and your wallet is to bring the vehicle you are interested in purchasing into Auto Lab for a full used car inspection.
Auto Lab’s Pre-Purchase Inspection
For $75, our ASE-Certified Master Technicians will go over it with a fine-tooth comb to determine what shape the car or truck is in and what repairs might be needed now or down the road.
Our inspection will cover the vehicle’s:
- Battery & Alternator
- Belts & Hoses
- Exhaust System
- Filters – Air, Cabin Air, Fuel
- Fluids – Coolant, Power Steering, Transmission
- General Overall Condition
- Maintenance – Is it up to date? Does it need a lot?
We’ll also be able to tell you if it’s been in a moderate to heavy collision, and we’ll provide you with a copy of the checklist.
Inspect Regardless of Where You’re Buying From
It’s important to have the vehicle inspection, whether you’re buying from a private seller or a dealership. These inspections are a good idea for “certified” pre-owned cars, too.
Think about it this way: The previous owner doesn’t want to invest money into a car they are trying to sell, and like all businesses, the dealer needs to make money on the sale. Understandably, neither party is going to invest hundreds of dollars in new tires or brakes if they don’t have to.
Here’s another option: If you know the vehicle needs work and still really want to buy it, you can use your knowledge about the needed repairs to negotiate a better price.
When it comes to your safety and saving money, being proactive and spending a little cash now can save you from spending thousands of dollars on a car that’s not worth it.