Comprehensive Pre-Purchase Used Vehicle Inspections
After purchasing a used vehicle, many people find the vehicle they purchased has mechanical problems that the seller never disclosed or was unaware of. Left to fend for themselves, these car buyers may be stuck with hefty repair bills that are especially difficult to pay for just after purchasing a car or truck. The best defense against purchasing a used vehicle, that may have unknown mechanical problems, is to have it thoroughly inspected before agreeing to the purchase. At Weber Automotive we offer independent pre-purchase vehicle inspections and call this service a comprehensive vehicle inspection (CVI).
A comprehensive vehicle inspection is just as detailed as it sounds and takes one of our certified ASE automotive technicians a minimum of two hours to complete. The inspection process follows a strict checklist of items that must be evaluated, which include all the basics and much more. Please see below to get an idea of what components on a vehicle we inspect. Please keep in mind that our internal checklist is even more detailed then what is posted on this page.
- Battery and Cables
- Interior Lighting (Dome Light, Instrument Cluster Lights, etc.)
- Exterior Lighting (Headlamps, Turn Signals, Brake Lights, Marker Lights, etc.)
- Starter Operation
- Ignition Cables
- Heater and A/C Operation
- Windshield Wiper Operation
- Accessory Function (Rear Defrost, Power Windows, etc.)
- Engine Oil Level and Condition
- Road Test Vehicle to Evaluate Engine Performance and to Document Any Abnormalities
- Motor Mounts
- Antifreeze Level and Condition
- Overflow Tank
- Radiator Cap
- Check Fluid and Condition
- Road Test Vehicle to Evaluate Proper Transmission Operation
- Pan Gasket
- Fuel Lines
- Fuel Filter
- Gas Tank
- Gas Tank Straps
- Gas Cap
Steering and Suspension
- Power Steering Pump Fluid and Condition
- Steering Gear
- Tie Rods
- Wheel Bearings
- Constant Velocity Joints and Boots
- Driveshaft and U Joints
- Ball Joints
- Control Arms
- Stabilizer Bars
Brakes and Tires
- Brake Pads
- Brake Shoes
- Brake Lines
- Wheel Cylinders
- Tire Condition and Tread Depth
- Wheel Condition
- Exhaust Manifold and Gasket
- Exhaust Pipes
- Catalytic Converter
As you can tell by the list above, our comprehensive vehicle inspection service is quite detailed and takes quite a bit of time to complete. However, inspecting the entire vehicle inside and out is the only way to determine what problems exist and to safeguard our valued customers from purchasing a used vehicle that is in need of potentially expensive repairs.
After we perform the CVI, we prepare a written estimate that will give our customer a detailed cost of what it will take to repair any found problems. In some cases, our customers use our written estimate to negotiate a better price with the seller of the used car or truck. In other cases, where the used vehicle is found to have major mechanical problems, our customers will walk away from the sale and continue their search for a vehicle that is in better condition and of a better value.
Though we primarily offer our independent comprehensive vehicle inspection to those in North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Westlake, other Cleveland area customers bring used vehicles into our shop for this important pre-purchase inspection as well. That’s because these people understand this important service can’t be entrusted to just any mechanic. Our technicians have decades of experiencing not only working on domestic and foreign cars, but also specialized vehicles such as CNG converted vehicles, EV (electrical vehicles) and high performance cars as well.
Having been in business at our North Olmsted location for twenty years, we have a reputation of being accurate in our diagnoses and fair in our estimates. This reputation gives our customers additional credibility when it comes to used car purchase negotiations, and we also make ourselves available if the seller wants to call and confirm our findings for him or herself.
Since a CVI takes a long time to complete, we ask that our customers schedule an appointment. The appointment may be either scheduled online or by calling 440-734-1413. Regardless of how you schedule, please do! In most cases the cost of the CVI saves our valued customers much more money in the long run.