Buying a car is a big investment. Even if you are buying used rather than new. Before you sign on the dotted line and drive away with your new-to-you car, York Tire & Auto Service wants you to know how important it is to get a third party pre-purchase inspection. Our team of experts wants to arm you with as much knowledge as possible to get the best deal.
What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection?
A pre-purchase inspection is done during the car buying process before the final deal is made. Most sellers or dealers will allow you to take your potential vehicle to a mechanic of your choice. During the inspection, your mechanic will thoroughly inspect the vehicle to check for any flaws or potential issues, so you know what you are getting into.
What is Inspected?
A proper pre-purchase inspection should include all major systems, components and an examination of the vehicle’s structure. An inspection of these parts will let you know if the car is in the shape the seller claims it is and reveal hidden damage.
Why is a Pre-Purchase Inspection Important?
Anytime you are making a purchase as big as a vehicle, you want to get what you are paying for. In some cases, you may be dealing with a dishonest seller. In other cases, the seller may not be aware of an issue the car is having. With a pre-purchase inspection, you can go into the deal confident that you are making the right decision and sometimes with a bargaining tactic to get a lower price.
Doesn’t Pennsylvania Have a Lemon Law?
Yes, the state does have a lemon law in place, but it is a common misconception that it covers used cars. Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law only protects consumers when they are buying a brand new vehicle. In some cases, you may be able to claim fraud, but that would require that the seller intentionally deceived you. Plus, it could wind up costing you time and legal fees. The best way to avoid purchasing a money-pit that will cost you time and money on repairs is to have it inspected before you buy.
If you are in the middle of the car buying process, call York Tire & Auto Service to schedule a pre-purchase inspection. Our expert mechanics will give the car a thorough inspection so you can feel good about your decision.