Just as you wouldn’t purchase a house without having it inspected for asbestos, mold, and structural issues, you should never purchase a used car without hiring a knowledgeable auto technician to carefully examine it first. During a pre-purchase inspection (also known as a PPI), a certified mechanic or auto technician will thoroughly inspect the vehicle you wish to buy. They will look for cosmetic and mechanical issues and assess the car’s safety condition. The importance of a pre-purchase car inspection cannot be underestimated, so today we’re discussing how a PPI works, what you can expect, and why you shouldn’t buy a car without one.
The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection
A pre-purchase inspection is, without a doubt, the most important step in the used car buying process. After all, you don’t know where that car’s been! Hopefully, the auto technician will give you a thumbs-up and you can go ahead and purchase the vehicle. However, if instead they alert you to a problem or an area of concern, you will still be grateful for the service. Knowing the truth about the car’s condition, you’ll be able to make an informed and confident decision—whether that’s to walk away, to negotiate the price down, or to add a stipulation to the purchase agreement. Plus, a used car inspection can increase your safety and help you anticipate future maintenance. It is undoubtedly worth your while.
Your auto technician should examine the car thoroughly, looking at both aesthetic and mechanical components. This comprehensive inspection should include all of the following and more:
- Body condition
The procedures above outline Seeburg Service Center’s basic pre-purchase inspection, but this should be considered the bare minimum. We offer two other pre-purchase inspection packages that drill deeper into your vehicle’s engine components, the electrical system, and the heating and air conditioning modules. Our ASE-certified mechanics strongly suggest that you utilize one of these more advanced, meticulous inspections before purchasing a used car.
Scheduling a pre-purchase car inspection shouldn’t be difficult. If you’re able to borrow the car from the dealer, schedule an inspection with a trusted auto repair shop and drive it there. If the dealer won’t let you drive the car off the lot, ask if they would be willing to accompany you to the shop. Although you could find a shop that provides mobile auto inspections, this sort of examination won’t be as thorough or conclusive as an inspection performed at an auto repair shop. Once your car has undergone a PPI, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to use the information. In the end, it’s up to you, but your mechanic should be able to give you great advice. If the car doesn’t present any major issues, the mechanic will likely express their approval and you can go ahead and purchase the car. However, if there are issues, you’ll have a few options. First, you could decide not to buy the car. Second, you could buy the car and repair it yourself. Third, you could negotiate with the buyer and request that the price be lowered or the issue be repaired. The choice is yours!
If you’re looking for an auto expert you can trust to conduct an honest, pre-purchase car inspection, contact ASE-certified Seeburg Service Center if you’re located in northwest Arkansas or Springfield, Missouri. Although we specialize in mufflers and exhaust system repairs, we also perform a variety of auto repairs and maintenance, including oil changes, alignments, and pre-purchase car inspections. Our experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly mechanics will ensure that you purchase a quality used vehicle. To get started, please contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!