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Do This Before Buying a Pre-owned Vehicle!


If you are looking for a new ride, a pre-used car may be a good option, especially if you are on a tight budget. A pre-owned car can save you over $5000 in purchase costs because new cars depreciate by 20% the moment they hit the road. But before buying the pre-owned car, you need to conduct a professional inspection to ensure it's in good condition.

Conduct A Pre-Purchase Inspection

It's important to take the used car to an independent auto repair shop for a pre-purchase inspection before buying it. A qualified specialist mechanic does a pre-purchase inspection. The inspection involves the mechanic conducting a test drive on varied landscapes to identify suspension problems and engine performance issues.
The independent inspector will prepare an inspection report highlighting all the major issues and recommend whether it's a good idea to buy the car. If the mechanic identifies parts that need replacement, you can go back to the dealer and negotiate a lower price to account for these repairs.

The cost of inspection ranges from $100 to $200 and includes a detailed description of the points covered in the inspection. Some of the functions covered in an inspection report include:

  • The general condition of the car, including tire wear and the state of the vital motoring parts such as brake pads and gears
  • Verifying the VIN
  • Verification of the functioning of the various parts and equipment
  • Revealing major problems in the frame, body, or engine
  • Checks trouble codes for mechanical and electrical problems
  • Check for original, replaced, replica, and modern parts

The inspection will also reveal red flags that should deter you from buying the pre-owned car such as:

  • Frame damage: this indicates that the car was involved in a serious accident and has stability problems.
  • Poor repair history: the previous owner neglected critical maintenance requirements such as engine service or accessories repair.
  • Fire or flood damage: unless the title is falsified, the vehicle's History Report indicates if it was involved in a fire or flood. An inspector will easily identify a falsified title.


If you need a pre-purchase used vehicle inspection, give Portland Automotive a call today!