About to buy a second-hand car?
Without knowing where the car’s been and what it’s experienced, buying a car can be a thrilling yet daunting experience!
Luckily, there are expert vehicle inspectors who have seen every brand and model of car, and importantly, know exactly what to look for when it comes to detecting faults or hidden dangers.
Looking to buy a second-hand car? Great!
But first, make sure you book a pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne with Buy Smart Vehicle Checks.
Why should you get a pre-purchase inspection?
The car you’re interested in may be less than ten years old, driven only 80,000km, and has no significant wear and tear…
On the surface, it looks like you’ve found yourself a pretty sweet deal.
But what you might not have intel on are issues with your car that only an expert can detect.
How? Through a thorough pre-purchase inspection, that’s how!
From underbody rust or damage to wiring systems to fuel leaks, transmission issues, or mechanical defects, an independent vehicle inspector will uncover hidden issues you might not know how to detect or diagnose yourself.
And that gives you tremendous buying power!
You need to be extra careful when buying a used car, as it’s impossible to know every detail of the car’s history, particularly if there have been multiple owners.
You can book a car inspection in Melbourne before you’ve even seen the car yourself, or if you have examined the car and want to take the next step in the purchase process.
Regardless of when we inspect the vehicle, all we need is a location, a date and time, and permission from the seller to attend.
You don’t even need to be present, but we are more than happy to conduct the inspection with you there, too.
What should I check before buying a car?
If you are looking at the car first yourself, keep an eye on the following red flags:
- If the steering system is noisy on full lock
- If the car struggles to change gears, go up hills, hard or soft brake pedal etc.
- If there are any abnormal whirring or knocking noises
- The condition of the car’s performance, tracking
Not sure what signs to look out for? No worries – get complete peace-of-mind with a formal pre-purchase check.
You can also assess the car’s condition when it’s stationary, for things like:
- If the drivers seat base has wear
- If the air conditioning recycling
- SRS airbag or engine warning light staying on
- If the locks work and if the car has a central locking system
- Cruise control operation
- Internal wear and tear
- Seatbelt condition
- Auxiliary/Bluetooth connection, reverse camera operation, sat nav operation
What is done in a pre-purchase inspection?
Buy Smart Vehicle Checks is one such independent business performing vehicle inspections across Melbourne.
We visually inspect the car and also conduct a test drive in order to check functions such as:
- Making sure it has a matching engine and transmission numbers
- If the car has had any airbag recalls
- Service and maintenance records
- Scanning ECU for electrical fault codes
- Head gasket issues
- Motor burning any oil
- Transmission issues
- Suspension problems
- Roadworthiness defects
- Hail / Rust
- Charge system & battery condition
- Heating and air conditioning quality
- If the mileage is genuine
- The car’s PPSR status
- Test drive & tracking issues
We then give you a verbal brief of what we’ve found, our honest opinion about the vehicle, a pdf of our vehicle inspection report, and up to 80 high resolution photos, covering each angle of the car.
Our 300 -point on-site car inspection and report goes beyond the basics of a roadworthy check and gives you complete peace of mind of the condition – and as such, the asking price – of the vehicle you’ve fallen in love with.
You can then use this written proof of the car’s condition to bargain with the seller to give you a better price or make adjustments to the vehicle before selling.
What are the benefits of an inspection?
If you don’t hire an independent car inspection service and only judge the car based on your own instinct and assessments, you risk buying something that won’t nearly last as long as you hoped, or is riddled with hidden dangers that may cost you more in the long term.
By choosing a mobile pre-purchase car inspection in Melbourne, you’re choosing a company that comes to you – whether that’s to the dealership or the seller’s house.
You won’t have to hesitate to buy a vehicle when you get proper advice from someone with a combined 25 years of experience as a car mechanic / electrician and ex-VicRoads RWC licensed vehicle tester!
How can I buy a second-hand car confidently?
Buy Smart Vehicle Checks is an independent car inspection company dedicated to ensuring the safety of your next purchase!
As a small business, we understand that our reputation is on the line with each job we attend.
That’s why we’re so passionate about delivering true peace-of-mind, so that the car you’ve got your eye on doesn’t end up causing major headaches in the future.
Choosing a pre-purchase vehicle inspector is the best investment you can make when it comes to your second-hand vehicle.
Whether you’re buying a new car, are purchasing your child’s first set of wheels, or expanding your vintage collection, a pre-purchase vehicle check is a non-negotiable!