Can you get a used car inspected before you buy it?

Have you had your eye on a used car? Do you like it so much that you want to buy it first and ask questions later? Whether it’s nearly new or has racked up thousands of kilometres, you’re wise to wonder if it has any hidden problems. In this blog[ML1]  article, your OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic explains whether it’s possible to have a used car inspected before buying it.

A pre-purchase inspection is a good idea

Yes, you can have a used car inspected. In fact, it’s essential to your safety and your finances. Getting the vehicle inspected may protect you from making a huge mistake. Buying a vehicle with hidden defects can wind up costing you dearly in the long run.

Only an expert can spot hidden issues

When it comes to buying a used car, taking it for a test drive and peeking under the hood aren’t enough to accurately gauge its condition. If you have an experienced mechanic inspect the vehicle, they’ll be able to spot problems you might have missed. Pre-purchase inspections typically take about two hours, and the mechanic will check the following points:

  • Engine
  • Fluid tanks, to rule out leaks
  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Exhaust system
  • Battery
  • Paint job, to check for touch-ups that may hide evidence of a previous accident
  • Computer control system, to check whether a warning light has been deliberately — and potentially illegally — turned off

A pre-purchase inspection is your right

Requesting to have a pre-purchase inspection carried out by an independent mechanic isn’t too much to ask. On the contrary, according to the Canadian consumer organization CARFAX, you’re well within your rights to ask for a pre-purchase inspection. The individual or business selling the vehicle isn’t allowed to refuse your request on the pretext that they already have proof of inspection.

The inspection report can help you negotiate with the seller

If your mechanic discovers during their inspection that a critical component is broken or worn, they’ll provide documentation. They’ll give you a list of all the problems they find and the costs of repairs. This report will come in handy when you’re negotiating the price of the car with the seller. For example, if your inspection reveals that the brakes need replacing, you can point out this issue as a reason to pay less than the listed sale price.

Want to have a used vehicle inspected? Come to OCTO!

Have you found a used car that looks perfect for your needs? Don’t risk making a purchase you might regret. Arrange for your OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic to give it a complete professional inspection. Your safety and satisfaction are our priorities. Request an appointment today.

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