Happy Easter 2021!

When life gives you lemons, throw them back and ask for a chocolate bunny.

Or better yet, avoid lemons altogether by hiring a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne.

Happy Easter 2021!

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Buying a Used Car? Look for These Red Flags!

Buying a used car is a great way to save money and take advantage of depreciation but there are inherently more risks involved when a car has belonged to multiple owners.

Honest and Professional Pre-purchase Car Inspection in Melbourne, VIC

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice, through to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.

We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.


Incomplete Paperwork

Specific paperwork is required to make your vehicle transaction legal. It serves as an agreement between buyer and seller. The correct paperwork ensures that the vehicle you are purchasing is legally registered and in fair condition. This includes a comprehensive service and repair history report.

Whether purchasing from a Dealer or in the private market you should expect to inspect from the seller, the service books and history of the car. A logbook that contains a full-service history with accompanying records and shows the most recent services is like gold when seeking to purchase a car.

Vehicle registration papers identifying the current registered owner or previous owner if purchasing from a dealer to ensure there is the correct legal title. Obtaining a PPSR Report will also identify if the car has been previously stolen, is an Economic Repairable Write-off or still has finance owing on it from the previous owners. Missing paperwork indicates that there may be some issues with the vehicle’s function or road history, so if the paperwork is incomplete, reconsider the deal.

Excessive Rust

Almost anything on a car can be fixed or replaced. The question is, should it be? When it comes to excessive rust, the answer is often no. While rusted out body panels can be replaced, it’s expensive and time-consuming. Rust on the frame means that the frame—the very bedrock of the car—is rotting away. Replacing a car’s frame, even if you just replace part of it, is expensive and runs the risk of weakening the car overall. While some rust is to be expected on a used car, look out for excessive rust with bits of metal flaking off, and avoid cars with rust in key areas. Let’s put it this way: some rust on the floor pan is OK, but if Fred Flintstone could drive the car, you’re better off walking away.

Warning Lights

We’ve all driven around for a week or two with the check engine light on in our car. After all, if the car is running it’s easy to overlook a light on the dashboard. And, sometimes those lights do come on because of a bad sensor or because we didn’t tighten the gas cap enough.

Still, if you’re looking to buy a used car that has a dashboard that looks like a Christmas tree, that’s enough of a red flag that you should reconsider. Sure, the lights could be on for a minor reason (again, that tricky gas cap), but they also could be on because of a bigger problem. If you really love the car, a trusty inspection from a professional inspector like German Precision can tell you if those lights are something to be concerned about.

New or Mismatched Paint

A freshly-painted accent wall in your living room is a good idea. On a car, however, you want all the paint colours to match, and fresh paint isn’t always a selling point. Like new or mismatched carpet, new or mismatched paint is an indicator that repairs have been made, which could mean that the car was in an accident. While some accident damage can be repaired, other accident damage can make owning that car a headache and a seller that’s trying to camouflage accident damage is not someone who you want to deal with.

Take a close look at any used car with fresh paint or paint that isn’t quite the same on all the body panels of the car.

Unlicensed Dealer

If you choose to purchase your next vehicle through a dealer, research the company and ask for proof of licence. Licence credentials ensure that you are purchasing from a dealer that is legally approved to sell you a vehicle. If a dealer is unable to provide you with proof of their licence, do not purchase a vehicle from them.

An Anti-Inspection Seller

Getting a prospective new car checked out by an independent mechanic is just good sense. While you’ll spend money ($250 or so) on the inspection, avoiding a used car lemon is more than worth it. Any upstanding used car seller should consent to have the car inspected by someone you choose. If the seller refuses to let you have the car inspected or insists you use their mechanic find someone else to buy from. Having a car inspected is a routine part of buying a used car, so sellers who refuse it may not be on the level. That’s a deal you can feel good about walking away from.

Smelly Interior Masked by Car Perfume

If a car’s interior is overly perfumed, the seller may be trying to hide mould or mildew smells. The vehicle may not be watertight if there are mould smells inside the car.

There are three common places where mildew smell can originate from:
• Dashboard — where water can build up as part of running your air-conditioning
• Body Leaking — in cracks from weatherstrips around doors and windows
• Leaking Drainage — such as those found in A/C and sunroofs

Alternatively, the previous owner may have been a smoker and caused odour damage to the interior upholstery.

Rectifying smells and damaged wet mouldy carpets and interiors is an expensive exercise.

In general, an excessive amount of air freshener in a used vehicle may be a reason to walk away from the deal.

Pre-purchase Car Inspections in Melbourne, VIC

Have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: mynextcarbuyingadvocacy.com.au, autoversed.com

Don’t Only Trust Roadworthy Certificates When Buying a Used Car

You plan to buy a used car from a private seller. The car looks good to your untrained eyes, and after seeing the Roadworthy Certificate provided, you decide that this is your perfect car. Turns out, you can get that certification for $100. And that doesn’t guarantee that your ‘new’ used car is in top condition. Then you will end up paying more for reparations after learning the hard truth: your car is not roadworthy.

Make sure your armed with this information before you go and look at a vehicle, don’t learn this after the fact!

Honest and Professional Pre-purchase Car Inspection in Melbourne, VIC

We have been in the automotive industry since 1984, ranging from apprentice, through to master technician, workshop foreman, controller, service advisor and service manager, in numerous premium vehicle businesses. We have built a level of loyalty that in the 21st Century is vital. After all, customer service and care is a point of difference.

We hope we are able to help you out with your needs. Our business is also known as Prepurchase Check.


A roadworthy certificate proves your vehicle has passed a roadworthy test completed by an authorised roadworthy inspector. The roadworthy test is comprised of various criteria points that the vehicle must pass to qualify for a roadworthy certificate. These areas include:

• Tyres
• Brakes
• Steering
• Suspension
• Body (for rust or damage)
• Windscreen
• Lights

For example: A roadworthy inspector will check to make sure the tread level on the vehicle tyres are at an acceptable level and the brakes are correctly sized for the vehicle. If the vehicle does not pass these requirements, it will not receive a roadworthy certificate.

The roadworthy test is designed to make sure your vehicle is suitable for the roads as per the guidelines set out by the Department of Transport. However, it doesn’t test if your vehicle is healthy. For example, a roadworthy doesn’t include an inspection of your oil, motor or gearbox. For a comprehensive report of your vehicle’s health, you should book in for a full vehicle inspection.

What if the vehicle doesn’t pass the test?

If any item fails to meet the test standard, the tester will issue you with a rejection report. You are then given a period of seven days to get the items repaired and submit them for the second inspection. However, if the seven days elapse, then the test would be carried out all over again.

How much does a roadworthy inspection cost?

The cost of the inspection is not fixed as it generally depends on the age, model and condition of the vehicle being tested. Charges for the inspection will still be required if the vehicle does not pass the roadworthy test. The roadworthy certificate will be issued for the cost of the inspection if it passes the roadworthy test.

How long is the certificate valid?

A roadworthy is considered ‘current’ and valid for a period of 30 days from the date of issue before you present it at VicRoads (e.g. when you visit them to transfer or re-register a vehicle).

Note: This is NOT a guarantee that a vehicle with a roadworthy certificate will necessarily continue to remain in a roadworthy condition for 30 days from the date the certificate was issued.

Why you shouldn’t trust Roadworthy Certificates

The way it plays out is that a buyer will be interested in a car, typically in a private sale or a car yard, more often than not in a private sale. They’ll go look at the car and everything looks okay to their untrained eye, and then they will proceed to buy it. Straight after their purchase, they will take it to their mechanic to get it serviced and checked out.

Which is not okay. If you’re looking at buying a house you don’t buy a house and then get a building and pest inspection report AFTER to make sure that everything is the way it’s supposed to be, you get it done first.

A roadworthy inspection can be issued on a vehicle that is still working but has a blown head gasket. A roadworthy can be issued on a vehicle that has a gearbox which is still operating but is about to seize because it hasn’t been serviced ion 100,000k’s. A roadworthy certificate gives you no idea of the condition of the motor, the oil if it’s been serviced it is literally a piece of paper saying that the brakes aren’t undersized, that there’s no cracks in the windscreen and about 20 other things. You cannot rely on that when you’re spending your hard-earned money.

If you’re thinking of buying a used vehicle (especially a private sale because you have no come back) you must go and get a PRE PURCHASE CAR INSPECTION first to ensure there are no surprises after the fact. You can use these to negotiate the price but more importantly, you can have the peace of mind of any repairs that may be required.

Never trust a vehicle with your money based on the fact that it has a roadworthy certificate. For $250ish you can get a pre-purchase car inspection done on most vehicles which will give you peace of mind.

Pre-purchase Car Inspections in Melbourne, VIC

Have a professional inspector like German Precision to do a thorough pre-purchase car inspection to ensure that your dream car is operating properly and not a scam.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

source: autoking.com.au, australianmechanical.com.au, vicroads.vic.gov.au

Buying a Used Car: Common Car Selling Scams You Need to Know!

An online car scam is circulating Victoria and it has already had multiple people trying to buy a second-hand car that does not exist. Classified scams trick online shoppers on classified websites into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate contact but it is actually a scammer.

The public has been alerted by Victoria Police after 8 people fell for the scam, losing thousands of dollars after ‘buying’ the car advertised on a popular website. Someone claiming to be a member of the armed forces was advertising the car. 

You might think that scams disproportionately affect older generations. However, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) statistics show that ages between 25 and 55 are being hit the hardest.

So what you need to know before buying that dream car of yours?

Continue reading “Buying a Used Car: Common Car Selling Scams You Need to Know!”

Top 4 Car Maintenance Tips for Summer

Aah, summer. A great time to hit the beach and strut your stuff in shorts and thongs.It’s the perfect time of year to take advantage of the season’s longer days by taking a drive along the coast, or through the city. Relax as you cruise along, listen to your favourite tunes and check out the nightlife.

However, before you can enjoy the perks of Australia’s gorgeous summer weather, you’ll need to make sure your car is in good shape. After all, you don’t want your summer plans interrupted by a breakdown, do you?

You can prevent costly car repairs by following these simple summer car maintenance tips!

Cooling System

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

CAUTION! – Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot – boiling coolant under pressure could cause serious burns.

Tyres

Your safety rides on your tyres – literally. They are the only parts of your vehicle that are actually in contact with the road, so it makes sense to keep them in their best possible condition.

Under or over-inflation of your tyres is dangerous and can lead to excessive tread wear. Check your tyres monthly to ensure correct tyre inflation and adjust the pressure according to the placard on the driver’s door jamb.

Make sure there is at least 3mm of the tyre tread remaining (have a mechanic check if you’re not sure). If under 3mm of tread left, your tyres need to be replaced. Also, ensure your spare tyre is properly inflated and in good repair in the event of a flat.

Fix the Check Engine Light

The most common problem you’re likely to experience is an illuminated Check Engine light.

It tells you your car’s not healthy in one way or another, yet doesn’t provide the exact mechanical issue.

Avoid the urge to ignore your Check Engine light. While the problem could be as minor as a loose fuel cap, it could be a major problem that could cost thousands to repair if not addressed quickly, or worse still, leave you stranded.

Brakes

Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

BONUS: Get a Complete Vehicle Inspection

Before you head out on a summer trip, organise an overall vehicle inspection. Get your battery and charging system tested, have all the fluids, brakes and lubrication points checked, and have the steering and suspension components looked over.

Have a professional inspector like German Precision to check all the mechanical and electrical systems to ensure they are operating properly.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision or Prepurchase Check today!

sources: autoguru.com.au, ase.com, exchange.aaa.com

Used Cars vs New Cars

So you’ve decided to buy a car. How exciting. Whether it’s an upsize, downsize, update or your very first car purchase, you need to decide whether you’ll go for a new car or a used car. Is one ultimately better than the other, or is it ‘different strokes for different folks’?

The answer is: it depends. As with everything car-related, it comes down to what best suits your wants and needs.

The perks of going ‘new’

The upsides of buying a car new are exactly what you’d expect. There is a certainty about what you’re getting. No-one else has ever owned it, so there can be no untold horrors lurking in its past.

You will receive the benefits of a full warranty and it’s likely you’ll enjoy free post-purchase servicing. You can be sure that your car is operating at the bleeding edge of technological efficiency. There is the deep satisfaction one gets when one drives a shiny, new vehicle off the showroom floor (with that one-of-a-kind new car smell).

What are the problems?

There is really only one major issue in buying a new car and it’s depreciation. The value hit that a new car takes between the dealership driveway and your garage is substantial. In the first three years, your car will lose about 40% of its original value. Of course the longer you keep it, the less all of this matters, but for many people, depreciation is a significant enough factor to deter buying new.

Car buying’s dirty little secret

Once you fully understand how car depreciation sucks money out of your wallet, you’ll learn how to save boatloads of cash over your lifetime. You often hear that a car loses 20% of its value as soon as you buy it. Yes, in just one minute, a $30,000 car will lose $6,000 as you gleefully drive off. By the end of the first year, mileage and wear and tear could bring that to 30%, or $9,000. Why don’t you feel this big hit? Because it takes effect much later when you sell or trade-in your car.

Take a look at two similar cars, one new and one used.

New-car depreciation: You buy the car for $30,000 and sell it three years later for $15,000. The car has cost you $15,000 in depreciation.

Used-car depreciation: Now let’s say you buy the same car, but it’s 3 years old when you buy it. You could buy the car for $15,000. Three years later you could sell it for $10,000. So the used car depreciation cost you only $5,000.

Now, if you’re paying attention, you would quickly say, “But driving a brand new car is much better!” You’re absolutely right. So, if driving a new car is worth an extra $10,000 to you, go for it.

So should I choose to buy ‘used’?

There are plenty of convincing reasons to go ‘used’. For anyone who can look past the material joy of a brand new car, you can get almost everything a new car offers at a fraction of the cost by buying pre-owned.

Consider a car that is 12-months old. It’s already lost up to 30% of its original price but may still have up to 2-3 years left on its new car warranty (with many manufacturers now offering up to 5-years). Its features and technologies are still considered new and modern.

If looked after, its interiors are still fresh, and there should be no issues with reliability, given its youthful age. There is a lot of value there. And in terms of savvy shopping, a 12-18-month-old car is considered the used car ‘sweet spot’.

Forget the old used-car stigmas

It used to be common for people to put down used cars by saying that it was just a way to buy someone else’s problems. That’s not true anymore. Here are two updates on old knocks against used cars of recent vintage.

Reliability: Cars have never been more dependable than they are today. It’s not uncommon for some cars to deliver more than 100,000 miles before needing major repairs.
Maintenance: All cars require regular maintenance such as oil changes, tire rotation, brake jobs. But you can drive today’s cars much farther in between these scheduled maintenance visits. Even tires and brake pads last much longer than before.

What should I be aware of?

Even when you can look over the stigmas, it doesn’t mean that you can trust any sellers.

The biggest downside of buying used is that you cannot be guaranteed of its history. You can piece together a pretty good idea through service logs, condition and running a vehicle history check, but you will never know each and every quick of the car before your time.

The further you stray from the 12–18-month sweet spot, the more prominent this concern can become. But, generally speaking, if you do your research and educate yourself on what to look out for, you’ll know a bargain when you see one. Just trust your ‘gut-feeling’ or that of a friend in-the-know.

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision today!

sources: carsguide, nerdwallet

The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

For most people, purchasing a vehicle is the second-largest purchase they make in their lives. Just like a home, a vehicle is an expensive purchase and it is complicated. There are so many parts of the car that could be in need of repair. Some of those things could impact the safety of the car, too. And since most of us are not car experts, it makes sense to hire a professional automotive technician like GERMAN PRECISION to thoroughly check out a used car BEFORE you buy it. 

A pre-purchase inspection involves a lot more than just “kicking the tyres.” An automotive technician should examine the vehicle thoroughly. This process can take between 60-120 minutes, but usually, it will only take 90 minutes.

• Test drive
• Monitor checks
ab⚬ Computer system readiness monitors
ab⚬ Dash warning light and bulbs
• System checks
ab⚬ Battery and charging
ab⚬ Electrical
ab⚬ Exhaust
ab⚬ Exterior and interior lights
ab⚬ HVAC
ab⚬ Ignition
ab⚬ Radiator and cooling
• Mechanical checks
ab⚬ Steering linkage
ab⚬ Suspension components
ab⚬ Hoses & belts
ab⚬ Inspection for any fluid leaks
• Maintenance checks
ab⚬ Tires & brakes
ab⚬ Glass and windshield wipers/washers
ab⚬ Fluid levels and condition

If this seems like a lot, you’re right! It is! In fact, a thorough inspection should probably include over 200 checkpoints! When you are searching for a car, you are likely looking for the things that matter most to you: colour, make, model, number of doors, stereo, price, etc. The tangible things are what first attracted you to the vehicle. However, the unknown and hidden things are what can make your purchase a disaster. After all, what is under the hood and under the vehicle’s body are actually more important than how it looks on the outside when it comes to safely get you from point A to point B.

Scheduling a pre-purchase vehicle inspection should not be difficult.

Most sellers will let you take the vehicle for an inspection. If the seller hesitates or declines, this is not a good sign and you should probably walk away. It’s best if you are able to borrow the vehicle from the dealer or the private seller, schedule an inspection, and drive it there. If the dealer won’t let you drive the vehicle off the lot, ask if they would be willing to accompany you to the shop. A mobile inspection could also be an option, but those are often not as thorough of inspection because most will not lift the vehicle to check the ball bearings, components under the vehicle, and search for leaks.

When choosing an inspector, make sure he or she is an independent third-party.

Dealers have a bias toward not reporting issues on their vehicles. Repairing vehicles takes money out of their pockets, and they’d rather that money comes out of yours! No matter what, don’t take the dealer’s word for it. Get an independent inspection. Your best bet is to find an inspector who inspects vehicles for a living. Many repair shops focus on repairs, not inspections. Mechanics at those shops typically don’t even like doing inspections, so they will often rush through the process. You want your inspector to have a trained eye, focused on the task at hand. That’s what vehicle inspectors do! Also, make sure they take the vehicle on a test drive and lift it to thoroughly inspect the vehicle. When it comes to inspecting a vehicle, there are no short cuts.

Finally, make sure the inspection report is thorough and well-documented.

A report that is available online with photos is best. A piece of paper with a bunch of check marks on it used to be all you could hope for from an inspection. Not anymore! Transparency has become the standard in most industries these days, and the automotive world is starting to catch up. Make sure you get a high-quality report from a high-quality inspector.

While no inspection is guaranteed to find every flaw in a used vehicle, a trained eye will help you avoid serious problems. Given the fact that thousands of dollars are at stake, an hour of your time and the relatively low cost of inspection are good investments. If you can find an inspector that offers a warranty on what they inspect, even better! Let an independent expert focus on the mechanical aspects of the vehicle so you can focus on the fun parts of the car and have the peace of mind you deserve when you purchase your next used vehicle!

If you are looking for a professional pre-purchase car inspector in Melbourne, do not hesitate to contact German Precision today!

source: bluestar.com

What is a Pre Purchase Car Inspection?

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.

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:

Car buyers

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.

Car sellers

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!

source: pdsvehicleinspections.com.au