Have you found a used car that you believe meets your needs? Or one you’ve completely fallen for? To top it off, though, there’s a pit in your stomach because, well, it’s used. There’s no warranty and probably very little documentation of regular maintenance. You’ve heard horror stories from friends who bought cars they thought were a good deal. Then, they quickly found their savings account being drained because the brakes went bad or the fuel injectors clogged or, well, you name it.
We’d like to recommend a pre-purchase inspection before you drop your hard earned cash on that potential lemon. At McCormicks, we don’t want you to end up with a headache and offer free pre-purchase inspections. That’s right, free. As in no cost to you. Here’s what our inspection looks like.
What our mechanics look at
First, we visually inspect the car. We cover the entire vehicle from front to back, top to bottom. We make note of anything that may be a concern. Next, we take the car for a short test drive to listen for noises and try to determine if there are issues with braking, steering and suspension. Once we’ve driven, the vehicle, we inspect the following items:
Wipers/washer fluid operation
- Alignment/suspension issues (shocks, struts, chassis, steering components)
- Heating and cooling system
- Interior and exterior lighting
- Glass, mirror and body damage
- Engine oil quality and level
- Air filter and cabin air filter
- Leaking fluids coming from the engine, transmission, power steering, differentials, brake fluid, coolant fluid system and any other items that may leak
- Drivetrain including axles, driveshaft and u-joints
- Brakes and tires (visual inspection)
- Exhaust system
- Belts, hoses and spark plugs