You’ve taken a test drive and gotten a CARFAX report, now it’s time for the next step – a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection gives you an expert opinion on the car’s current condition. It also can help identify unreported problems that only a trained eye might catch. That’s why a pre-purchase inspection should always be performed by a trusted mechanic.
A pre-purchase inspection is a vital step when buying a used car in the used car buying process that many people unfortunately skip. It helps you determine if the car is right for you and also may give you some negotiating power if the mechanic finds some issues that need to be addressed. A good inspection might run you about $100, but is well worth the cost – it gives you added peace of mind and may save you money on unexpected repairs!
When getting a pre-purchase inspection, here are some items to make sure the mechanic checks:
Exterior: Tires, glass, lights and body condition
Under the Hood: Electrical system, heating/cooling system, radiator, hoses, belts and fluids
Vehicle Build: Structure, drive train and suspension
Safety Systems: Brakes, airbags and seatbelts
*Before buying a car, make sure you purchase a CARFAX Vehicle History Report and take a test drive along with a pre-purchase inspection to help ensure a great buy.