Every year, tens of thousands of motorists across the United States save money by purchasing a used car. Buying pre-owned makes sense from financial standpoint. Why pay thousands of dollars more for the latest bells and whistles when you can get an older car for far less money that meets all your transportation needs?
At the same time, buying a used car or truck involves a certain degree of risk. In sales where no warranty is included, you'll assume all the risk.
Are History Reports Useful? Vehicle history reports like those from CarFax can be helpful, but they're not perfect. According to Consumer Reports, car history reports depend in part on information reported to the police and auto insurance companies. However, not all owners report accidents. Furthermore, if you're looking at an old rental car, there's a chance it'll show a clean history even if it was involved in an accident. This is because many rental companies are self-insured.1
A pre-purchase inspection is a type of inspection performed on a pre-owned vehicle before you buy it. During a pre-inspection check, service technicians thoroughly inspect your vehicle and inform you of the overall condition. An inspection can let you know if there's any heavy wear and tear, so you'll know if you need to replace any parts soon. You can use this information to renegotiate your buying price or avoid a bad sale altogether.
Pre-purchase inspections are highly recommended for used car sales that don't include a warranty or come with a short warranty.
Here's why a pre-purchase inspection is worth your time:
Before you buy a pre-owned vehicle, contact Circle City Tire at Tallmadge Automotive for a pre-purchase inspection. We serve Tallmadge, OH, Akron, OH, Cuyahoga, OH, and surrounding areas. Call (234) 678-6163 for more information.
1. Linkov, Jon. "How to Protect Yourself When Buying a Used Car in 7 Easy Steps." Consumer Reports.
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