Used Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspections
Used vehicle pre-purchase inspections help to protect the buyer from getting stuck with unforeseen expenses in a car that malfunctions at the time of sale. An easy way to protect yourself if you’re buying a car is to have a mechanic inspect the vehicle before hand to ensure that it will pass a provincial safety inspection when you have the vehicle registered.
Conversely, if the vehicle is not mechanically sound, an experienced mechanic can point out areas of concern before your purchase the vehicle and that may allow you to re-negotiate a better price to offset the necessary repairs.
Eurotekk Automotive and Performance Inc.
Edmonton European Auto Repair Specialists
Mercedes – Audi – BMW
Pre-purchase Inspections – Used Vehicles
30+ years experience
9327 35 Ave. (South Edmonton)
Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist
Alin Marinescu, at Eurotekk can inspect a number of items on your vehicle to make sure that you are getting what you are paying for in a used vehicle. Any car will develop slight imperfections over its lifetime. When purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, it is more important to look for the important safety indicators, than cosmetic appeal. It is the safety factors that mechanics are looking out for, and this is why it is best to hire a professional to check over your next purchase. A pre-purchase inspection should include:
- The brakes, which are easily one of the most important components to check. Also, will the parking brake hold the car on a hill? Do the brakes have a solid feel and does the car stop in a straight line?
- Another important area to check is the amount of rust on the vehicle. Bulges or blisters in the paint are troubling. A rusted frame can be a serious safety issue if it is significant.
- Listen carefully for squealing or grinding noises.
- Panels that don’t line up properly can indicate the vehicle has been in an accident or was repaired improperly. Paint may also indicate a previous accident, but not necessarily.
- Check the suspension. Simply pushing each corner of the car down is a good test. If it bounces once, and returns to its normal position, then it should be fine. Failing to returning to original position, or bouncing repeatedly can indicate the shocks are worn.
- Ensure that the tires are not losing air pressure. Check that the spare is in good shape. It is a good idea to also check the tires for uneven wear which will hint at alignment problems.
- Check that the headlights are not dim or have cracked lenses.
- The warning lights should be not be activated.
- Check that the odometer, speedometer and tachometer are calibrated and working.
- Ensure that the air-conditioning is blowing cold air is coming from the vents, and that the fan operates on all speeds.
- Check the coolant in the radiator. If it is low, or dirty, then it might hint at some neglect from its previous owner. The hoses should also be inspected to determine if they need to be replaced.
- Fluid levels need to be checked.
Let Eurotekk Do Your Pre-Purchase Inspection
Alin has over 30 years of experience as a skilled mechanic. Do yourself a favour and let the expert inspect the pre-owned car you want to buy. Contact Eurotekk Automotive and Performance Inc. today.