why it’s important:
If you are thinking about buying a used car you don’t want to get sucked into a money pit.
There is a cost for car maintenance that many people don’t realize. These costs vary based on the car’s condition and service history. It is always a good idea to do your due diligence and get a pre-purchase inspection before you buy a used car.
Quality Automotive in Culver City, performs a 60 point car inspection. PPI at Quality includes a test drive and a comprehensive evaluation of both interior and exterior components. The vehicle is raised on a car lift to easily inspect the underbelly. All computer control modules are scanned and diagnostic tools pinpoint mechanical issues.
Once the car is evaluated, a mechanic will provide you with the results of the car diagnostic and professional recommendation whether to purchase the vehicle.
what you need to know:
Which factors do you consider while buying a used car?
Besides getting in the car for a test drive below are the major factors to consider while buying a used car.
- Third Party inspection to evaluate the condition
- Current mileage
- Service records
- Carfax report
- Future maintenance and insurance costs
- Price compared to the market or Kelley Blue Book
Should I buy a used car with an accident report?
If there is an accident on the carfax report it still may be a reliable car. You should definitely have the car inspected by a professional repair shop to evaluate further.
What’s the best way to buy a used car?
Buying a used car from a private party is usually the best way to buy a used car. Whether you buy a used car from a private party or dealership, you should get a pre-sale inspection.
Is it worth buying a certified pre-owned car?
Just so you are clear, a certified pre-owned car is a fancy way of saying used car but typically includes a warranty. The dealership sells you the warranty as part of a package when you buy a certified pre-owned car. Therefore a CPO is sold at a premium to a used car without a warranty. Obviously, having a warranty can save you money from costly repairs.
How do I find a reputable place to do a pre purchase inspection?
Make sure you are having a professional mechanic that works for a BAR certified auto repair shop. They should be familiar with the manufacturer. Experience with audi repair, bmw repair, toyota repair, or whatever make you are looking to buy. A pre purchase inspection is best completed with diagnostics tools and equipment to lift the car. Beware of mobile mechanics without the proper tools. Lastly, checking out the reviews from past customers is smart.