Why Bother With Pre-Purchase Inspections?
The importance behind the purchase should be reason enough for you to ensure that you get what you pay for through a verifiable pre-purchase car inspection.
To better understand why vehicle pre-purchase inspections are crucial when looking at the second-hand car market, we have summarised 5 benefits that a pre-purchase inspection would offer you:
1. Understand The Vehicle's Real Worth
Typically, a seller’s asking price is higher than what the vehicle is really worth. Automotive experts recommend a pre-purchase car inspection to determine a fair price based on the vehicle’s actual condition, not the value attributed by the owner.
When conducted by a certified and experienced mechanics, such as our staff at Axle Inspect, a pre-purchase inspection can help you figure out the current condition of your desired car.
A complete inspection report will allow you to know whether it is truly worth its price tag and if the car is expected to last long enough to make your purchase worth it.
2. Negotiate From A Position Of Power
Very simply, a pre-purchase vehicle inspection helps you get a better deal. By revealing the actual condition and value of the car, you can dodge paying too much for a car only to discover you still need to complete costly repairs after the purchase.
If you find issues after an inspection, you’ll have room to negotiate for a better price. To put the fair price tag on a car, you must determine how much you’ll be spending on potential repairs.
If the seller doesn’t agree on a price that factors in repair fees, you can walk away assured that you weren’t robbed of your hard-earned cash for a vehicle that requires more money and effort than it’s worth.
3. Reduce Maintenance Expenses
Aside from costs to repair, maintenance costs should also be a major concern when looking at buying a pre-owned car. Although a vehicle may fail to show faults or malfunctions during negotiations, some vehicles have worn-out tires. brake pads, oil filters, and other perishable parts that need to be replaced and can cost you a lot of money if you aren’t careful.
To reduce maintenance expenses, only buy a second hand vehicle with an Axle Inspect Report.
4. Verify Authenticity Of Car Parts
The quality and authenticity of the components used in a vehicle is another critical point to consider when buying a pre-owned car. No matter what the previous owner may claim, there is a chance that some of the components inside a used car have already been replaced with other parts, and in many cases, these components may not be genuine or are not of the same quality as the original part.
With a pre-purchase inspection, inspectors highlight which components have been replaced and whether these are genuine parts or not. If you find that some parts don’t have the same quality as the original, you can use your findings to negotiate a better deal or decide to walk away from the purchase.
5. Make An Informed Decision
With all things considered, a pre-purchase inspection is a powerful tool in the arsenal of a prospective car buyer. In fact, it should be your final step in determining whether the vehicle you’re looking at is the right one for you.
Making an informed choice means you have to learn everything there is to know about the vehicle – even the ones that only experts would be able to tell. If you think that the vehicle is the best choice, proceed to negotiate. If not, you can go back to shopping around until you find the perfect vehicle for you, confident in the fact that you were saved the heartache and money wasted with purchasing a lemon disguised as a lambo.
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