Question: We’re looking for a reliable used vehicle for our daughter, who’s going to be driving this spring. We’re considering cars that are 3-4 years old with 40,000 to 50,000 miles on them. Given that the cars are newer, is there any value in a used vehicle inspection?
Yes, absolutely. Why?
Reason #1: A pre-purchase inspection is cheap insurance.
For $82, one of our ASE-Certified Technicians will inspect the car from bumper to bumper. We will assess the overall condition of the car, including prioritizing any auto repair or maintenance needs.
If the car has been neglected or shows signs of hard wear-and-tear, you’ll know before you buy. You can save yourself from a costly case of buyer’s remorse.
Reason #2: Knowledge is power.
Our inspection includes suspension, steering gear, tires, brakes, belts, hoses, exhaust, all fluids, and testing of the electrical system (battery and alternator). In short, our used car inspection is very thorough.
And you’ll leave Hong Kong Auto Service knowing how much money you’ll need to spend on auto repairs or maintenance right away or what’s down the road a bit. This can help you decide if the vehicle is the right purchase for you or if you should keep shopping.
Reason #3: It’s a great negotiating tool.
The vehicle owner or dealer doesn’t want to put money into a car they are trying to sell unless they absolutely have to.
But once you know what maintenance and repairs the vehicle needs, you can use that information to negotiate a better price. You mention that you’re looking at cars with 40,000-50,000 miles on them. At that mileage, many vehicles will often need brakes (usually front), tires and possibly drive belts.
And at 60k, most vehicles are due for several preventive maintenance services that can cost a few hundred to several hundred dollars. Isn’t it worth $82 to have this information before you buy the car?
We wish you the best of luck shopping for that used car, and we’ll be here when you’re ready.
Ready for a used car inspection now? Contact Hong Kong Auto Service at 847-251-0300 or schedule an appointment online.