Buying a used car can save you thousands of dollars compared to buying a new car, but it also comes with more risk. Even if you trust the person who is selling the vehicle, it can be challenging to know exactly what the vehicle has been through and what kind of issues may be lurking beneath the surface. Reports and test drives can only tell you so much, so we always recommend getting a vehicle thoroughly inspected before you spend money on a used vehicle.
This can help you uncover problems that would otherwise cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair. If your pre-purchase inspection enables you to discover issues, you can either negotiate a lower price or move on to a different vehicle. Even more importantly, a thorough pre-purchase inspection can help you rest assured that you’re making a smart decision and that you’ll be safe in your new vehicle.
What Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Cover?
When conducting a pre-purchase inspection, a professional mechanic should consider every aspect of the vehicle. There are some particularly important components to inspect, such as the engine and the brakes. Even examining smaller things like the glove box and the spare tire can save you from repairs and headaches down the road. Here are just a few of the things a trustworthy Denver mechanic will inspect for you before you purchase a used vehicle:
- General Driveability – First, the mechanic will test drive the car for you. This might sound like something you could do yourself, but mechanics have training and experience that will help them notice even subtle problems. They’ll pay special attention to how the vehicle handles and how it sounds. If they see that anything is off, they can get to the root of the problem and figure out why the car isn’t performing as it should.
- Alignment – Your mechanic will check to make sure that the vehicle is aligned correctly. If not, it could point to serious problems with the drivetrain. If there are smaller issues with tire alignment, you can get those fixed before you purchase the vehicle and take it out on the road. While checking the tire alignment, your trusted auto repair shop can also inspect the tires to confirm that the tread depth is appropriate and that the tires are in good condition. Beyond making the ride more comfortable, a good suspension is essential when it comes to helping your vehicle get good traction and handle well even when conditions are wet.
- Suspension Components – Checking the shocks and struts will help confirm that the vehicle is ready to handle the road while minimizing bumps, vibrations, and noise.
- Glass and Windows – Even small chips in your windows can get bigger over time, leading to costly repairs. Beyond inspecting the glass in your windshield and windows, we’ll also confirm that the windows and sunroof are opening and closing smoothly.
Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspections in Denver
At Movement Motorsports, we take the time to provide quality service every time we inspect a vehicle. We started this company to focus on doing excellent work because we don’t think it’s right that some shops churn cars through as quickly as possible.
Beyond our expertise in MINI and BMW vehicles, we’ve recently expanded our horizons to inspect all makes and models. We’re conveniently located in the RiNo District of Denver, making it convenient for you to come to get an inspection before you purchase your next vehicle. See us today or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
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