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Pre Purchase Inspection of Used Vehicles

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Buying a used car is a great way to save money. However, before you make a used car purchase, it is important to know that the vehicle is safe and is not in need of major and costly repairs. By getting a used car inspection you can have a much stronger sense of the shape of your potential used car.

What a Used Car Inspection Should Cover

A thorough check-up examines mechanical, safety, and appearance aspects, such as the vehicle’s:

  • Tires.
  • Frame.
  • Suspension.
  • Glass.
  • Lights.
  • Brakes.
  • Radiator.
  • Hoses.
  • Belts.
  • Fluids.
  • Battery.
  • Body condition.
  • Exterior surface.

 

The best inspections include a road test and a computerized engine analysis. Some comprehensive examinations also evaluate the condition of the instrument controls, pedals, seats, and sound system.

 

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 Get a Vehicle History Report

Vehicle inspection reports are inexpensive and contain a wealth of information about the used car you’re considering. The most important information you’ll find in any report is

  • Registration records – Know if the used vehicle was imported from out of state (or country). Most importantly, find out immediately if the car is stolen. (Obviously unlikely, but important to know!)
  • Vehicle title / branding (major accidents) – Know whether the car has been in a major accident. At the very least, you should take this into account when considering the purchase price. Also be aware that even if the car has been fully repaired, there may be lingering effects down the road, and its eventual resale value will be impacted as well. Inspection is even more critical in this case!
  • Liens – How would you like to have your new car repossessed to cover the previous owner’s bad debts? If that doesn’t sound like fun, all the more reason to get a history report on the used car you’re considering.

State Vehicle Inspection

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What does a Texas state car inspection involve?

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A Texas state car inspection involves checking more than 20 areas of the vehicle for safety and functionality. As of 2015, areas that are inspected in passenger cars include the vehicle’s horn, brakes, wheel assembly, exhaust system and window tint. The inspector also checks the car’s seat belts, mirrors, tires, beam indicator and other parts for compatibility.

 

What is involved in state inspection certification?

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Vehicle safety inspection requirements vary by state and type of vehicle, but all inspections entail a trained individual confirming that certain vehicle components meet state vehicle safety standards. Inspectors generally confirm that a vehicle’s steering system, brake system, wheels, tires and fuel system are in acceptable condition and working properly.

 

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What are some of the things that vehicle inspections check?

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The list of vehicle components to be checked during a vehicle inspection varies by state, but always includes safety items, such as brakes, seat belts, lights, electrical systems and wheel assembly. A vehicle inspection check also inspects a vehicle’s exhaust, fuel and emission systems. Most states also check the vehicle’s documentation, including proof of liability insurance and registration certificate

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