Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection
Purchasing a used car can be a stressful and tedious process. There are so many vehicles on the market and you never really know if the one you’re looking at is a lemon or not. Before you sign a bill of sale, you should take the vehicle into Revolution Motors for a pre-purchase vehicle inspection (PPI).
What is a pre-purchase inspection?
A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is a thorough inspection done by a professional auto technician or mechanic that goes over the mechanical components of the vehicle. A used vehicle inspection will bring any existing or potential issues, including safety concerns, the car might have to light, so you can make an educated decision on whether you should buy the vehicle or not.
A used vehicle inspection can also be a good selling-tool if you’re selling your used car or truck. Having this done before you put your vehicle up for sale will make it more competitive on the used vehicle market. Potential buyers will have peace of mind when looking at your car, and seeing the PPI signed off by a licensed mechanic, making for a quicker sale and a better offer.
Can I inspect the car myself?
If you are a licensed mechanic, you could do the pre-purchase vehicle inspection yourself. To do it right, you need to have the skills and equipment to be able to inspect all mechanical and safety components of the vehicle, catch issues and determine what repairs are necessary to make the vehicle fit and safe to drive.
If you’re not a mechanic, it’s best to leave a used vehicle inspection for the pros at Revolution Motors. We will know exactly what to look for and have the proper equipment, like a lift for example, to inspect it thoroughly. Not only will we be able to determine if there are any existing mechanical issues, or if something can become an issue in the future, we will know how to tell if the vehicle has been in a major accident and suffered body or structural damage. Knowing this information is critical for your safety and can save you from getting a raw deal on your used car purchase.
Also, most auto insurance companies require a pre-purchase vehicle inspection be signed off by a licenced mechanic to insure a vehicle that is 10 years old or older. Without the signed-off inspection, you won’t be able to insure or register your new car.
What does a pre-purchase vehicle inspection entail?
In a pre-purchase car inspection, we will do a comprehensive safety inspection and check over the engine and mechanical systems including the brakes, steering, suspension and more. We will put the used car on a lift, so we can check the underneath for rust, leaks or other damage.
During the inspection, we should be able to determine if any extensive damage or repairs have been done to the vehicle in the past, or if is going to need some work in the future. A PPI will ensure you’re not purchasing a car that is unsafe or unfit for the road.
Buying or selling a used vehicle? Get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection first! Call us at (780) 761-1800 or book an appointment online.