Buying a used car? Get it inspected!

When purchasing a new car it is so important to get the vehicle inspected prior to purchasing it. Buying a car is a long term commitment. Starting off with unnecessary issues that could be avoided. Being in the business for over 30 years we have discovered the do’s and don’ts in the car purchasing business. The one thing we tell customers is when purchasing the vehicle bring it in for an inspection before making the commitment to purchase the vehicle. It is a good idea to always put on the bill of sale pending mechanics inspection.

A rigorous inspection is done on all pre purchase packages we offer. From a basic inspection all the way up to a frame diagnosis, to determine no serious accidents have taken place. A basic inspection will include a general check over of the vehicle. We will also offer you an opinion if it is a good buy or not. Also included is a detailed inspection of the braking system, suspension system, body, fluid, leaks and much more. By not getting a vehicle inspected you could be inheriting someone else’s issues. A lot of used vehicles are traded into dealerships sometimes with underlying issues. An inspection will give you confidence in knowing that you are making the right choice, and buying in confidence is a piece of mind.

Nothing worse than driving off with a car only to find out you have purchased a lemon. Spending thousands after the purchase to repair a vehicle doesn’t make sense. Have the car checked out and looked at carefully. A company or person who is not hiding any issues would not care to have the car checked out. If the seller refuses to get the car checked out at your mechanic, be cautious. Ask questions about the history of the car, find out how many owners, ask for service history.

Also make sure the seller is not curbsiding which is illegal in Ontario. We recommend looking for licensed dealers when dealing with larger purchase amounts mainly because you are protected by the OMVIC regulations. This protects the customer more than if you were to purchase privately. We also recommend having the car inspected even if the seller or dealer is telling you it comes safetied. Safety Certificate only covers certain aspects of the car. Leaving a wide range of items that could still be faulty or worn out

With all the excitement of buying a used vehicle you might forget to check a list of items that are crucial to the reliable operation of the vehicle, just some of the items that are checked with a pre-purchase inspection:

  • Body and underbody of vehicle
  • Glass
  • Doors
  • Safety restraint system (seatbelts)
  • Interior instruments and gauges
  • Lights interior and exterior
  • Horn
  • Warning lights
  • Computer scan of vehicles computer system
  • Belts and hoses
  • Oil leaks
  • Wheel bearings
  • Brakes ( rotors, pads , calipers, brake lines, ABS)
  • Starting and charging system ( Battery, Starter, Alternator)
  • Fluid conditions
  • Suspension inspection (ball joints , shocks, tie rods, bushings, power steering rack, etc)
  • Exhaust inspection
  • Tire inspection
  • Heating and cooling system
  • Frame straightness inspection computerized
  • Fuel system

  • These are just some of the items that are checked when it comes to our inspections at Level Auto, we use licensed mechanics to conduct all pre-purchase inspections. We can not stress how important it is to have the vehicle inspected before purchasing. It is a very small cost and can also aid in negotiations of selling price depending on the repairs that are required to be completed. You then have leverage to negotiate the price based on the new information brought forward by the pre purchase inspection.

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