We can take a look under the bonnet
• We will review of available maintenance records, including what have been done and what will be needed soon.
• Brakes, belts and hose condition
When is the timing belt due to be replaced? (Replacement of timing belts needs to be done per the manufacturer’s schedule of miles on the vehicle and/or year of the car. (Replacement of the timing belt and associated components can cost $750-$1000.)
• Fluid leaks that may be minor, or might add significant $$$ in repair costs.
• Determination of whether the car has ever been in an accident, repaired, or has rust damage. Damage to the body or suspension can significantly decrease the value of the car, and may require further repairs. Simple curb hits can bend upper or lower control arms, affect the hub assembly, and/or numerous other parts that may not be readily visible.
• Brake condition
Are the brake pads worn to where brake replacement is needed soon?
Have the rotors been overheated due to prolonged braking, or worn our due to metal-to-metal contact?
• Inspect frame, shocks, struts, and axles
Are the shocks or struts leaking fluid? If you need to replace struts, you will need a 4-wheel alignment as well.
Are the CV Joints torn, leaking or worn out?
• Tyre Life
Will the tyres require replacement soon? Are they safe? Does the car need an alignment (which improves tyre wear)? You can tell a lot about a vehicle’s suspension system just by looking at each tyre’s individual wear.
Be an informed consumer! You can buy with confidence and be steered clear of a “money pit”. Schedule an appointment for a Vehicle Inspection for the vehicle you are considering, before you make that used car purchase, and feel comfortable with what you are getting for your dollar.