Is the used car you want a lemon or a solid buy? Let’s talk used car inspection

Now, recently I was interested in purchasing another sports car. It was getting close to my birthday and I had been eyeing this car for years. So, I decided to take the methodical route. Nah, I didn’t plan on taking my uncle to the dealership for brash negotiation, but I decided to use an inspection guide to give me feedback on this particular vehicle. So, the problem was to determine if this car would be a good buy or not.


Initially, I questioned this inspection guide, because it was missing the bells and whistles from the view of the cover. I was also, not really impressed by the formatting. But when I opened it and reviewed the content, it covered the basics of how to use the guide. The layout is basic but very functional. This guide was created by a certified ASE automotive professional. This says a lot in the automotive world.

I also liked how he detailed his ‘tip’ sections. These are keys to listening and feeling out your new potential vehicle during rides or walks around the vehicle as it is running. As an automotive engineer, I really appreciated his 4 main focal point about the vehicle, the interior, exterior, under the hood and the underbody. His detail about ‘Body Panel Alignment’ is very important, the average used car purchaser is usually not aware that mis-alignments normally mean wreck or accident damage that should not be looked over, especially if it’s near the powertrain.

I highly recommend this inspection guide to anyone looking to purchase a used vehicle.

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