Duke here and did you decide this year it was time for a new car and finding out that inventory is still low at the dealer? Well, used cars have been a hot item these past 2 years and the price on them is close to that of a new car. So today I am here to bark to you about what to do before closing the deal on the used car. Get a Used Car Inspection! I cannot bark enough about this and how important it is to have a neutral party take a look at that used car and make sure it is worth the money you are paying for it. So let's get barkin' on this hot topic today?
Let's face it. New vehicles are expensive, so finding a good used one can save drivers a lot of money. It's tempting to look through ads, find a private seller who has what you're looking for, and pay a price you think is a great deal. But when you go over to look at a used car, do you really know what to look for to uncover potential problems with it?
The answer is probably no. Used cars can look great on the outside, maybe even have lustrous paint and a super clean interior. But is it possible that the vehicle's been in an accident? Does it have electrical problems you can't detect easily? Is any fluid leaking that you don't know about?
Think about it. You are about to spend thousands of dollars on a complex machine and you're considering judging its condition without much expertise. That's why it makes sense to have a qualified technician inspect any used vehicle you're considering buying.
Many vehicle repair facilities will do it for around $100-$200. They'll check to see what's working right and what's not working. They'll check for leaks and how strong the battery is; they'll look for signs it's been in an accident or has been painted. They'll look in places you'd find inaccessible, and they'll take it for a test drive to see what noises, vibrations, and smells might give clues to any major problems. An inspection usually takes about an hour.
You should have an inspection done by a technician you know and trust. They'll have your best interests in mind. And the inspection should be done before you start negotiating a price with the seller. It's money well spent to either give you peace of mind that you're getting a good vehicle or steer you away from a lemon.
One sign a used vehicle isn't a good deal? If the buyer refuses to let you have it inspected. That says just about everything that needs to be said.
Allied Auto Works can inspect that used car for you to make sure you are getting one fine vehicle to drive down the road. Give them a call today and tell them The Duke sent ya!
Allied Auto Works
2073 Grant Road
Los Altos, CA 94024