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So you are planning to purchase a second hand car? That’s great but you should know that it is strongly advised that you get the car in question inspected before you make any purchase decisions. The fact is that there are quite a few unscrupulous auto dealers who would be quick to sell you a lemon while promising out loud that it happens to be a fantastic car. So, if you do not want to end up with a lemon or a poorly performing car, then you would take a certified auto mechanic who can review the car, inspect it in detail and then provide you with their valuation. Read on to know more.
When it comes to second hand cars, the pre-inspection check assumes more importance—simply put, you are not purchasing a brand new car which comes with a warranty for a certain number of years as well as free checkups, and more. You would be purchasing a second hand or used car with no warranty coverage and you need to know whether the risk of purchasing one is well worth your time or not. And that’s why you would want a reputed auto mechanic with you to carry out the car's history check as he can check the car out and determine if it is as functional as it can be expected or if there are any issues. They should provide you with the true picture and rather than depend on the sales spiel, you should be able to make your decision based on some sound advice.
The process would generally involve your mechanic checking every aspect of the car to ensure that it continues to function seamlessly without any issue. He would check out the tires, sidewalls, frame, brakes, engine, the interior, and much more. Once he carries out a thorough inspection of the car, he should be able to provide you with a valuation on the car as well as his views on the car itself and as to whether it comes with more than a few problems. You can review his assessment and then decide to take the next step. You may also want to check out the car’s history, as that should clue you in as to the car’s current worth and whether it is a worthwhile purchase or not.
How to Go About It
You would have to call up the used dealer, and then let them know that you need to carry out a pre-inspection check before purchasing their vehicle. Most used dealerships allow you to transport the car to a top rated garage for a detailed inspection and of course, you would have to pay a little extra for being allowed to do so. Some may insist that you carry out the inspection on site or may even ask for a good faith deposit. But you and your mechanic should still be able to carry out a detailed inspection and assess the car to determine if it is as good as the salesman claims it to be.
Who to Call
There are several certified and top ranked auto mechanics that are available to do a pre-inspection check on your car. All you need to do is to search online and contact them personally. And as mentioned earlier, they may charge a small commission or fee and would carry out the inspection check in their garage or at the dealership itself.
These are some of the reasons as to why you need to do a pre-purchase car inspection, prior to purchasing a car. You need to determine if the car is indeed as good as the salesman claims it to be or whether it comes loaded with several issues. Either way, what you must never do is purchase a vehicle without a pre-purchase inspection check as that’s a bad idea.