A Pre-purchase car inspection or a pre-purchase vehicle inspection can help you make an informed decision about the next second hand used car you’re considering buying.
They can help you avoid the disappointment of buying a problem car and save you money on potentially expensive repairs. Consider a car inspection a type of insurance against buying a problem car.
If you have a very limited mechanical or automotive knowledge get some advice. The next car you buy could have potential defects and problems that could cost you a lot of money to repair.
You could also find that there will be further expenses and problems in the future.
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Make the right decision before you buy
Therefore, a pre-purchase car inspection can help you make the right decision and help give you peace of mind that any car you are considering buying is in good condition. If it is not a good car then you know to avoid that car which can save money and help keep your sanity.
What is a pre-purchase car inspection?
A pre-purchase car inspection can be conducted on most vehicles that are for sale. Conducted by an independent mechanic, this service can be an inspection of the vehicle’s quality, safety, mechanical and overall driving performance. It may also include an inspection of the car for any previous accident damage, previous panel and paint repairs, maybe even flood damage and hail damage.
There are several types of inspection services depending on your requirements.
Once an inspection has been completed, generally you receive an emailed report outlining the results and should also include a phone call from the car inspector to discuss the report. This can include listing any defects or problems that may have been detected. It may also include a cost estimate of current and future repairs which can have a bearing on the decision to buy a car or avoid the car.
Help with making a buying decision
The information from the pre-purchase car inspection report can be used to decide whether the vehicle is roadworthy and in good condition or whether the price the seller is asking represents good value for money. Remember you should always have the sale in your favour and don’t trust a seller to tell you the truth always base your decision on the car condition.
Shouldn’t you find out about the condition of the car you are about to buy before you buy it?
Pre-purchase car inspections can be insurance against buying the wrong car!
You could also consider a pre-purchase car inspection as a type of car insurance to protect you before you buy a car. This can prevent you from making the wrong car choice and end up with a car that has many potential problems. You could end up with thousands of dollars in repairs simply by buying the wrong car from the wrong seller.
Who should use a pre-purchase car inspection service?
Used car pre-purchase car inspections can be of a benefit to car buyers and at times sellers:
If you’re buying a used car, you must know about the vehicle’s current condition and its future condition. A pre-purchase car inspection can give you a complete insight into a car’s problems or potential problems. With this information about the condition of the car, you can work out whether you are getting what you think you are getting. Without a proper car inspection, you might be to about to buy a lemon (Car with many problems).
Car buyers can use the results of a pre-purchase car inspection to help negotiate a better price with the seller especially if you have a smart vehicle inspector.
If you’re selling a used vehicle, a pre-purchase car inspection can increase your sale price. A good inspection report can prove to a buyer the car is in excellent condition and has been well looked after. Most car buyers want a better-quality vehicle that doesn’t require money to be spent after they buy a car. You may be able to get the selling price you are asking for if a buyer knows all about the car. Alternately it may let you know if the car needs repairs and is the car worth fixing? Will the extra money you spend you to get you a better price? Do you sell the car the way it is?
What does a pre-purchase car inspection include?
The list of items checked during a pre-purchase car inspection is a grey area. It can vary depending on the car inspection service you use and what you do end up getting. It should be noted that some pre-purchase inspection services work on daily quotas and targets. When you must work to KPI’s or daily targets this can reduce how thorough an inspection can be.
Some may claim to “check” hundreds of items during the inspection, but do they?
Generally, it should include inspecting the following items:
Engine – Auto Transmission – Manual Transmission – Clutch – Tyres – Wheels – Brakes – Differential – CV’s – Transfer Case (4WD)
Steering – Suspension – Interior such as seat belts, trims, gauges, mirrors etc. – Air Conditioning – Charging Systems – Cooling System – Fuel Systems
Under Car Components like Exhaust, Rust, Corrosion, damaged components, oil leaks
Exterior including previous panel/paint repairs, body damage, accident damage repairs, dents etc
Checking of Car Computer systems if fitted, operational of accessories items
All car inspections should include a road test when possible to check engine performance, emissions, transmissions, steering, suspension and brakes. If a car can’t be road tested some problems may not be found until a later time.
If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision today!
Klaus is a highly experienced automotive professional with 35+ years in the industry, offering Pre-purchase Car Inspection and Vehicle Check services in Melbourne, Victoria. His expertise ranges from technician to service manager, earning him a reputation for exceptional customer service.