In addition to asking the seller for the vehicle’s VIN number and looking up the vehicle history report online, you should definitely invest in a pre-purchase inspection. A VIN check is a great way to obtain an accident history and maintenance report, but this isn’t enough to make your final decision. After all, not all used cars with a clean vehicle history report are in good shape, and unfortunately, some people may try to deceive you.
Use these tips to ensure you really want to buy the car you’re considering.
You may not be a trained mechanic, but you should still pay close attention to the condition of any used car you consider purchasing. When you personally inspect the car, here’s what to look for:
When you take a used car for a test drive, don’t just take a quick spin around the block. Drive it over neighborhood speed bumps, up and down hills, at high speeds on the freeway, and over potholes to see how it handles different conditions. The whole time you’re driving, ask yourself these questions:
Stop by Scott’s in Fort Collins for a comprehensive pre-purchase car inspection. Mobile inspections are also an option, but without a lift to place the car on, the mechanic can’t complete as thorough of an inspection.
During a pre-purchase car inspection at Scott’s, we perform all the mechanical, safety, and appearance checks you may not be able to complete yourself. We check:
You can put a pre-purchase car inspection to good use in one of three ways:
Before you finalize your car purchase, ask the seller to take the vehicle, or let you bring the vehicle, to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair. A small investment in a pre-purchase car inspection can tell you whether you’re about to buy a great car or step into a nasty set of problems. Call us at 970-682-4202 today or schedule your appointment online.