A mechanical inspection is an important step in the buying process. Getting one should be your top priority after a test drive and before you plunk down thousands of dollars on your new car. Some people don’t want to deal with the hassle (time) of getting one, but it’s one of the only ways to ensure your vehicle is mechanically safe and who doesn’t want peace of mind?
The inspection process is diligent, extensive, and transparent when done by an ASE Certified Mechanic and can save you from purchasing a vehicle riddled with mechanical issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. The ASE-certified inspection includes the following:
Technician takes the car for a test drive and checks engine performance, the transmission’s ability to up and down shift, tire alignments, and carefully listens for any unusual engine noises
The technicians meticulously check for engine leaks, fluid clarity and levels, rust, timing belt condition, electrical wire condition, filters’ condition, and any other signs that could indicate potential engine issues.
The car is lifted up in the air to provide a clear view of the undercarriage; the technician checks for undercarriage damages, rust, leaks, structural frame damage and other wear and tear items.
A technician inspects the brakes and tires of the car, writes down their % lifetime value remaining and inspects doors, windows, and sun or moon roofs.
Occasionally the Carfax (or other history reports) can fail to report collisions. During this step, technician checks for tooling marks on factory screws and paint mismatch on the car body, indicating panel replacements.
Finally, the technician checks lights, seat belts, spare tire kit, and general safety items as outlined by the federal safety check.
So if you're looking to buy a used car, don't skip out on the inspection. The time and effort will be worth it if it means you know you're getting a quality car in return.
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