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What to Look for During a Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspection

Getting ready to purchase a used vehicle is an exciting occasion. At the same time, this is a big investment so you want to make sure that you get it right. You do not want to just show up at the dealership or private seller, fall in love with a vehicle, and then drive it home. There are some things that you should be doing ahead of time to prepare for the occasion. This is how you will get the maximum value out of the vehicle and end up with a car that you truly enjoy.

Do Your Homework

The first thing you should do before heading out the door to look at vehicles is to conduct your own research. Decide what you want out of a vehicle. Make a list of the amenities that are most important to you. It is important to know what makes and models appeal to you most and how much you can afford to pay. Knowing all of this ahead of time will allow you to avoid getting into a vehicle that you really do not need or want. If you have specific questions about longevity of certain vehicles or common repairs, call Pickering's Auto Service and speak to a service advisor. They can let you know what they see in the service bays and which vehicles seem to last better than others.

Get Ready to Ask Questions

This is particularly important if you are looking at a pre-owned vehicle. You will want to see the previous maintenance records for the car. Check Carfax if they have a Carfax listing. Some auto repair shops report to Carfax, and if they do this, you can see the maintenance right there. Both Pickering's Auto Shops report to Carfax for this reason. Lakewood and Arvada/Westminser . This will demonstrate that the vehicle has been properly maintained. You should also find out how many different people have owned the car. One owner is best. Finally, take some time to ask the current owner about their driving habits. Did they mostly drive on the highway? This is ideal because it means less wear and tear on the vehicle.

Check Out the Exterior

Now it is time to conduct a visual inspection of the car. You want to look at the exterior and try to determine if there are any visible signs of previous accidents. Even if the title is clear, the owner may have been involved in an accident and just never reported it. Make sure there is no rust, that all doors are in great condition, and that all of the paint and panels throughout the car match.

If you would like to have a pre-purchase inspection for a used vehicle that you are interested in buy, give our shop a call today or schedule an appointment online!

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