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Today on the phone I fielded some common questions like usual… I live for this stuff and answer these questions about 3 days a week… Thought I would make a post and share. No laughing. These are real questions with my real answers.
Question 1 – 8:35 am CST: I’m buying a newer car with low miles on it… Should I have it inspected?
Answer: Depends on the information that you have at hand. Do you know for a 100% fact that it has not been in an accident, all the recalls & technical service bulletins have been performed and that it was well taken care of in the past?
Question 2 – 10:29 am CST: I’m about to purchase a classic car, does oil analysis also take into account the age and mileage of the vehicle?
Answer: Yes. The samples taken from your vehicle are compared to others with like mileage, age and manufacture of the engine & transmission… In short, it is compared apples to apples.
Question 3 – 2:46 CST: The car I’m about to purchase is a certified pre-own vehicle… Should I still get a pre-purchase inspection?
Answer: Depends on how much you trust the dealerships service department and the kid inspecting the car… Most of the certified pre-own inspections are done by the guy making the least amount of money in the shop. This is because the service center doesn’t make “real money” off of doing these inspections for the sales department.. None-the-less it is still the sales manager’s call on what gets fixed and what doesn’t… The last thing you want is to get stuck with a pre-existing condition issue with your warranty company. So should you have the car inspected? YES.