Used Vehicle Inspections

Tips on used vehicle inspections from your Kingsley auto repair experts.

Kingsley auto repair shops often find themselves on the back end of used car purchases. Too often, people will buy a used vehicle without a professional inspection and become frustrated and angry when the vehicle needs to be repaired soon after purchase. Before buying a vehicle, you should have it looked over by a qualified mechanic. Consulting an expert mechanic at Auto Tech prior to purchasing a used car can save you a lot of time and money. By obtaining a comprehensive used vehicle inspection, you can confidently purchase a used car.


What is Included


In both their Kingsley and Traverse City auto repair locations, the experts at Auto Tech can perform a thorough inspection on any used vehicle. Used vehicle inspections include important items such as:


  • Exterior condition
  • Tires
  • Engine and related components
  • Suspension
  • Frame condition
  • Transmission
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Wheel alignment
  • Review upcoming scheduled maintenance i.e. timing belt, struts, differentials


In addition to these important functional components, the mechanics will check to insure that the lights, signals, and electrical components such as the radio are in proper working order. They can alert you to important vehicle history concerns, such as previous accidents, repairs, and body work.


Using the Information


As a potential owner, you will gain a lot of valuable information in regard to the vehicle that you are considering. For some buyers, the inspection will turn up a host of expensive problems and they will opt not to purchase the vehicle. In these cases, the small fee that is paid for the inspection saves the buyer thousands of dollars on the purchase of a lemon. Other buyers opt to purchase the used vehicle, but can haggle for a lower price based on the information found in the inspection report. For instance, if the tires need replacing or if the engine needs a new timing belt, the seller may be willing to sell the vehicle for a lower price than what was originally offered. You could also offer to purchase the vehicle pending the repairs and maintenance are completed first.


Visiting one of Auto Tech’s repair shop locations in Kingsley or Traverse City before you buy a used vehicle is a great way to protect your investment and ensure that you are making a good purchase. The experts at auto tech are happy to perform a fast and thorough inspection and thereby provide valuable guidance about the possible purchase of the vehicle. If you have any questions or concerns about maintenance or repairs, do not hesitate to ask.