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Shopping for a car can be overwhelming — there are so many options, and when you finally find the one that seems right for your needs and budget, it can be tempting to seal the deal and buy it on the spot. 

However, an automobile is one of the largest purchases most people regularly make, and so it’s important to take all the steps you can to ensure that you’re making a good purchase. One important step is to have the vehicle inspected by a third party before making the purchase.

A good pre-purchase vehicle inspection will look over the whole car to identify any cosmetic damages to the interior or exterior, as well as any mechanical issues or other safety issues, such as unrepaired accident damage. Toronto Mobile Mechanic’s pre-purchase vehicle inspection does all of this comprehensively, providing you with an extensive 150-point inspection and assessment of the whole vehicle.

Getting a pre-purchase vehicle inspection is important for several reasons:

Helps you negotiate a fair price

A fair price for any vehicle will factor in any cosmetic damages, as well as any mechanical malfunctions or weaknesses that may need to be repaired down the line. If any of these issues has not been disclosed to you by the party selling the car, then they may serve useful in negotiating a lower, and fairer, price for the vehicle. A dealership may offer to do the repair themselves before selling you the car, or to lower the price accordingly. 

Saves you money on unexpected repairs down the line

Whether or not you buy the car, getting an inspection will help you make an informed decision about the money you will likely end up spending on repairs to a certain vehicle in the future. You may end up avoiding the purchase of a car that would have cost you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in unexpected repairs. A car like this may seem like a good deal on the front end, and a third-party inspection may be the only way to gain an accurate estimate of what these costs will look like in the future. 

Ensures your safety

Some undisclosed (or unknown) mechanical issues in a car are not just inconvenient and inexpensive for the buyer, they can be quite unsafe. While a dealership or seller may try to disclose to you the history of the car and its current condition, it’s possible that even they may not know of a serious issue with a car, or a repair that has not been done. Before driving off in a car of which you don’t know the history, it is a good idea to have a third party fully assess the condition and safety of the vehicle. This will give you complete peace of mind that the vehicle you’re getting into is safe and road ready. For all of these reasons, a pre-purchase vehicle inspection by a third party is an important and often significantly cost-saving step in purchasing a new car.