Buying a new car is a big decision. Next to a home, it is usually the single most costly investment. You want to make sure you get your money’s worth. If you’re looking at pre-owned vehicles, we can help put your mind at ease by letting you know if the car is worth the asking price.
When you have found a vehicle that looks like it might be a good fit for your needs and budget, have a certified mechanic at Quanz Auto Body take a look “under the hood.” A pre-buyer’s inspection helps identify potential mechanical problems that are not disclosed anywhere else, like a Car Fax report or vehicle maintenance records.
What We Look For
A pre-buyer’s inspection is very thorough, involving more than 100 points to examine, including:
Body and exterior condition
We do more than look for dents, dings and scratches. We make sure doors and the trunk or hatch open and close smoothly, that signals and lights work, and that the wheel alignment is within specifications.
Tires and wheels
We check tread and evenness to give you an estimate of remaining tire life.
We visually inspect the interior and check that all lights and electronics (including the radio, dash indicators and AC) function properly. We can also detect odors that may indicate water damage (i.e. mold) or exhaust issues.
We check all fluid levels, belt conditions and start up the vehicle to listen for audio indicators of ignition/starter or engine trouble.
Steering and suspension
We take your potential new-to-you car for a brief test drive to get a feel for the handling, steering alignment and brake performance.
Our technicians look at all systems and components to identify any potential trouble spots. We also prioritize potential issues so that you know what may need repair right away and what can wait (and how long) to give your budget a little breathing room.
Because you don’t own the car, you must rely on the seller to bring your car to Quanz Auto Body for a pre-buyer’s inspection. Most motivated sellers are happy to comply, and it may just take a few days and phone calls to coordinate schedules. For help from our customer service team, just give us a call and let us know how we can assist you.