Purchasing a vehicle is a huge investment, second after a home purchase. A pre-purchase inspection of your vehicle ensures you buy a car that is in the right conditions. During the inspection, TJ Auto technicians and mechanics will check the condition of the car parts and components as well as systems to ensure they are running properly. It is one of the most important things you can do before you purchase a car.
What TJ Auto Pre-Purchase Inspectors Check
We do a safety inspection to check various things during the pre-purchase inspection. A vehicle’s damage history report can help indicate the areas that may require extra-detailed inspection before our technicians get started.
Basic inspections are done visually, however, our detailed inspection involves checking the engine and mechanical systems, putting the vehicle up on a lift to inspect it, and checking for rusted or broken components and leaks. Our mechanic will take the car for a test drive to assess its braking, steering, traction, balance, and listen to bizarre sounds.
A test drive can reveal many problems that the technicians and mechanics may not be aware of from the visual inspection or the detailed inspection.
The inspection will include:
- Computer system readiness check
- Test drive
- Steering linkage
- Ignition system components
- Exterior lights
- Suspension components
- Electrical system components
- Dash warning light inspection
- Radiator and cooling systems
- Windshield wipers or washers
- Exhaust system
- Fluid levels, fluid leak checks
- Battery and charging system
A Reliable Pre-Purchase Car Inspection
In order for a vehicle to function properly, it relies on fluids including engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and coolant to help in cooling and cleaning the engine and provide pressure to particular systems. Cleaning fluid helps keep the windshield clean while you are driving. Our technicians check the vehicle’s fluids levels. The mechanics check and assess the condition of the fluids to ensure that they are within the desired levels. They also check for visible leaks.
The tires and suspension are inspected by our mechanic by pushing down on the corners to see the condition of the shocks. When looking at the tires our mechanic assesses wear and alignment problems.
The brakes allow your vehicle to slow down and stop it when needed. You need to ensure the pads and rotors are in good shape. Our mechanic will check the brake pads to see if they are broken down and worn out. In addition, the mechanic checks the brake rotors for uneven wear, scoring, and rust.
When examining the engine, our mechanics look at the cooling system for the presence of a leak and ensure the coolant cycles adequately when the vehicle’s engine is running. The mechanic checks whether the thermostat opens up after the coolant reaches a particular level to allow cooler coolant to get in from the radiator to the vehicle’s engine while the warmer coolant filters into the radiator. The belts are also checked for wear, cracks, and stretching including the ones for running the alternator and water pumps.
Our detailed pre-purchase inspection allows you to make an informed decision before you buy a car you are attracted to.
Call us today for a pre-purchase inspection!