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Are Pre-Purchase Inspections Necessary When Buying Used Cars?

Brian Bates

Finding a good used vehicle can be hard these days, especially with the horror stories you hear on the internet about scams. If you’re on the search for a used car from private sellers, you’re going to need to do more than research to guarantee the legitimacy of the car’s condition. That is precisely what a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) will do.

A pre-purchase inspection from South Park Tire & Auto Center is an unbiased vehicle inspection that gives you almost all the information you want before buying a car. It can answer questions like…

  • Is the car worth the money? Am I getting ripped off?
  • Does the vehicle need any upcoming maintenance? How much would that cost?
  • Has there been any repairs done to the vehicle? If so, what are the qualities of the parts that were used? Were they aftermarket or OEM?
  • Is there any damage to the vehicle, such as leaks?
  • … and so much more!

A pre-purchase inspection is a bumper-to-bumper inspection that checks many parts of the vehicle, including the body, tires, brakes, engine, transmission, suspension, and more. Your mechanic will run a diagnostics scan to look for any underlying problems. Furthermore, they may lift your vehicle to examine its undercarriage and reach those hard-to-reach places like the tires, brakes, etc.

In addition to poking around the vehicle and running tests, we can look into the vehicle’s service history. And your tech may take the vehicle out for a test run to look for any unusual signs like leaks, smells, and sounds. 

All in all, a pre-purchase inspection is a must if you want to avoid buying a lemon. It may be a couple of hundred dollars you’re putting out, but it can save you a headache and money later on. If we find anything of concern about the car, you can take the report back to negotiate with the seller. 

Looking for a PPI? Let the team at South Park Tire & Auto Center help!

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