When it comes to car buying it can be too easy to trust the seller, especially if the car is coming from a dealership and they provide the Carfax report, as the commercials on television always tell buyers to ask for. The problem here is that used car dealers will say anything to get a car off their lot and have no problem making convenient repairs that will get the vehicle through a few hundred miles before falling into disrepair. Also, a Carfax report is not the most reliable way to go; while it can be convenient and helpful there are limitations because not every accident which occurs is reported to Carfax.
It is increasingly important to have a vehicle inspected prior to purchase, especially if that vehicle is used, and by a certified professional. Vehicles today have sophisticated computers which control nearly every aspect of operation and only an individual who is knowledgeable about these computers will know if there is cause for worry. Some consumers are unwilling to pay the price of having a vehicle inspected before purchase but an inspection will provide peace of mind and possibly bring about a better purchase deal. If a vehicle is found to have mechanical problems the buyer can either barter for a lower price, knowing they will have to put money into the car to make it safe, or they can ask the dealer to repair the problem before the purchase is complete.
The absolute most important reason to get a pre-purchase auto inspection is not a matter of finances, but safety. There could easily be an issue with the vehicle which could ultimately cause an accident and it could be prevented simply by having a professional look over the vehicle before purchase. An professional auto inspector should be able to tell the buyer what the current mechanical condition of the vehicle is, if the wear of the parts is consistent with the mileage, if there are any signs of damage from accidents or the like, and exactly how much money the buyer would have to put into the car to reach top safety standards.
If an auto inspection is not completed before the purchase goes through then any repairs needed after the fact will be the responsibility of the buyer. This includes any accidents which may happen, no matter how severe. If the vehicle is not inspected before purchase and there is an issue with the brakes then while driving the brakes go out and cause a terrible accident, the dealership will hold no responsibility for the accident. This issue could easily be avoided by just paying a little extra and exercising a small amount of patience to have a professional conduct a vehicle inspection before the car leaves the lot.
When it comes to purchasing a vehicle safety should be the top priority because there are always lives at stake. Knowing that a new car passed its auto inspection and is a safe vessel for transporting oneself, family, and friends is the peace of mind a buyer should be reaching for when deciding on a vehicle.