Pre-Purchase Inspection Tips When Buying a Used Car

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By | 2018-02-13T20:58:29+00:00 August 6th, 2012|Inspecting a Vehicle|4 Comments


  1. John Adams August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am - Reply

    The #1 reason vehicles with existing problems are purchase is the buyers’ inability to determine the true condition of the vehicle. A professional pre-purchase inspection is your best protection against buying a bad car.

    However, there is no standardization for pre-purchase inspections. Most buyers don’t know the difference between an “ASE Technician” and an “ASE Master Technician”. This difference will affect the quality and accuracy of a pre-purchase inspection.

    Differences between Automotive Technicians are explained in depth at the non-profit consumer site “UsedCarInspections.ORG”. This consumer site has helpful tips and information on how to select an automotive technician and what type of information you should receive from a pre-purchase inspection.

    Also read the problems with Carfax reports at http://www.UsedCarInspections.ORG/carfax.htm

  2. Ian Lomax December 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Another great option is to have a knowledgeable enthusiast check out the car for you, without asking the seller to take the vehicle to a mechanic. Someone who has restored or maintained the type of car you’re looking at will know where to look for common problems. Check out more at

  3. Steven Paul - Test Drive Tech December 18, 2015 at 9:08 am - Reply

    The truth behind buying a used car is that consumers are being duped into thinking a vehicle history report is the end all be all of the used car buying process… I am joyed that CarFax has started to come out of their pushy sales campaign about “don’t buy without a CarFax” and they have started writing articles like this one… Even with 1000’s of maintenance records to go by nothing can give you the true condition of a used car than having a qualified, certified and trained expert vehicle inspector look at the used car before you buy it… And when I say “vehicle inspection expert” I am referring to someone certified in both mechanical and structural vehicle investigation…

  4. Jack Eberhard June 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    What is the cost for a pre-inspection in Los Angeles CA at JUCY mini RV USA location in CA? If I wanted you to inspect 2 cars at the same location rather than one car, what would be the price to inspect 2 similar vehicles to obtain a report on each one to determine which might be more mechanically sound and the best of the 2 vehicles?

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