When buying a used car, you never quite know what you are getting. The car is used so certain parts may be nearing the end of their lifespan. However, this does not mean that you have to take the car as-is and possibly end up with a car that needs a lot of work. A used car inspection should be done by a mechanic prior to buying so you have a good idea as to the condition of the car you are looking at purchasing. Most dealerships will allow you to take the car to a licensed mechanic for a used car inspection, and many private buyers will meet you where you want to go with the car as well. But if you have never had one done before, you may be wondering what it consists of. Here is what you can expect when having a used car inspection performed.
A Test Drive
The first thing a mechanic will do is test drive the vehicle. A mechanic can tell a lot about the car simply by the way it operates. This can clue the mechanic in certain problems, such as the timing being off, possible transmission issues or brake repairs.
Look Over and Under the Vehicle
The next thing a mechanic will do is look over and under the vehicle. They will look at the hoses, wires and overall condition of the parts of the car. As they do so, they will likely look for belts or hoses that need to be repaired, leaks, or signs of other damage.
The last thing a mechanic will do is diagnostic testing. Most newer cars can be hooked up to a computerized testing device. This device will then tell the mechanic if there are any problems with any of the major parts in the car, such as the transmission, engine or exhaust system. Based on the code that is given, the mechanic can determine what the problem and solution is, giving you an idea as to what type of repairs the car may need in the future.
If you are looking to purchase a used car, it is always important to have it inspected but a trusted and reputable mechanic. In Minneapolis, MN, Quality Coaches, an automotive service and repair shop, can help you with this process. We can look over the vehicle and run diagnostic tests to ensure the used car you are buying is in tip-top shape, or to ensure you know the exact condition of car you are getting. Call us today to set up an appointment.