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Basics of a Used Car Inspection: What to Expect When They Inspect

In a busy, constantly moving world, our vehicles are our livelihood. As our livelihood, cars require regular maintenance and the occasional weekend wash to keep them lasting long. However, there will be a time when a new car is needed, whether for family use or for the sixteen-year-old with a shiny, new driver's permit.

When buying a used car, it is important to get a pre-purchase inspection done before laying down the cash for the new-ish set of wheels. Although they might seem trustworthy, or maybe you don't even know them, the last few owners may not have been quite as honest as they claimed. While they swear that the bump on the side was caused from an out of control buggy at the grocery store, it may have been caused by something that had a lasting impact on the vehicle, like Mack truck.

How long does a pre-purchase inspection take?

With a little planning, inspections can be done quite quickly. The price may not be very cheap but future safety and peace of mind are well worth the charge when visiting a Certified shop.

According to Edmunds, a good inspection serves several functions such as:

  • Verifies the equipment, or options, on the car.
  • Confirms the condition level of the car.
  • Reveals hidden problems with the body, frame or engine.
  • Finds engine codes that can reveal engine problems.
  • Builds confidence in the value of the vehicle

What if the seller won't allow a pre-purchase inspection?

If buying from a seller and they're reluctant to allow you to get the car inspected, you may want to reconsider the vehicle and find another that can be inspected for any problems before you spend your hard-earned time and money.

Once the inspection has been cleared and you are confident in the condition of your used car, the inspection pays for itself in your future with the vehicle.