Pre-Purchase Car Inspection Center Near Baltimore, MD

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Buying a car can be an overwhelming experience, and when purchasing a used car, there are many more things to be considered. Getting a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) can make the process a lot simpler and ensure you are buying a car that is right for you.

What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI)?

A pre-purchase inspection (PPI) is generally done by a certified mechanic knowledgeable in the make and model of the car being inspected. It is recommended that an independent party does the inspection with no affiliation with the seller and buyer. The inspection includes a detailed assessment of the cosmetic, mechanical, and safety condition of the car. This is to protect the buyer as the inspection is intended to reveal any existing conditions and maintenance shortcomings that maybe become potential safety or financial issues for the buyer in the future.

When Should You Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

You should consider getting a pre-purchase inspection if the vehicle is not a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle or does not come with a warranty. It is especially important to get an inspection if the vehicle is not being sold locally. If the car does not have a warranty, the buyer will assume all risks if significant issues arise after the purchase. So it is crucial to uncover these issues before a purchase agreement is made.

If the vehicle is in another state (or country in some cases), the buyer cannot perform a test drive. In this case, the mechanic assigned for the inspection can provide the buyer with some added security during a long-distance transaction.

What Sould Be Inspected?

There isn't an industry standard for the inspection, but, in general, the inspection should cover the following:

  • Tires
  • Frame
  • Suspension
  • Glass
  • Lights
  • Brakes
  • Radiator
  • Hoses
  • Belts
  • Fluids
  • Battery
  • Body condition
  • Exterior surface

The inspection usually includes a test drive over a route that has hills, bumps, and potholes that may reveal suspension problems and uncover engine performance issues. The mechanic will also scan the car's various computers for trouble codes.

Cockeysville Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

AutoNation Acura Hunt Valley offers pre-purchase inspections for any make and model. Our mechanics specialize in Acura vehicles but are happy to perform an inspection of any car, truck, or SUV. Our Service Center is both easy to find and serves as a great trusted third-party. Additionally, if the vehicle in question ends up needing repairs like a wheel alignment or transmission repair, our facility can easily handle it saving you time and money. Give us a call today to schedule a pre-purchase inspection.