Can I Take Car To a Mechanic
At any reputable Dealership the salesperson or buyer may drive the car to a mechanic of the customer's choice, provided it's within a fair range of the Dealership, I highly recommend having an independent inspection on any used vehicle where the full Mfg warranty has expired
I must admit my main goal was selling a car and hated it every time a buyer wanted to make it subject to an independent inspection, i would use every trick in the book to convince buyer it was not necessary but at same time within knew the buyer was making the right decision.
Some Mechanical Inspections are a Joke
I have accompanied hundred of buyers for an independent mechanical inspection as many dealers will insist salesperson accompany inspection - short test drive - open hood listen for engine noise - on hoist check with light for oil leaks - tires off - check rotors, brake pads and cylinders, complete inspection 10 - 15 minutes mechanic was satisfied and the deal sealed.
RED FLAG This type of inspection in most cases is done for free becauce consumer knows mechanic or family has been dealing with mechanic for years, but what really is happening here is consumer feels good no inspection charge, and mechanic feels good not having wasted to much time not being paid.
Pay To have It done right
Most consumers are satisfied with a quick mechanical visual inspection - Don't be!- If you are going to have the vehicle checked pay to have it done right.
Include a compression Check-Up Think of it as a chest X-ray for your engine
Include a diagnostic check- Up , do not skip this important service. A diagnostic check will tell you if there are any problem codes stored in the vehicle computer, and what problems they indicate. A check engine light will not always be present, and can easily be cleared by seller, so the only way to know if something is present is with a diagnostic check. If the light was recently cleared, but the problem not fixed, the computer may take awhile before it picks up the problem again. If the perimeters have all been run, and no codes or light is present the car has passed this test.
You can expect an inspection such as this to cost anywhere from $100 to $300, much more than the quick look or visual inspection, but it is worth every penny when purchasing a vehicle.
When you turn the key, but before you start the engine, the instrument panel will light up and you should note " Check Engine, Service Engine Soon or a picture of an engine " if you don't, then it's been disconnected.
What is a Shopping List?
When you return to the dealership having had an independent inspection of the vehicle you are considering and there are mechanical issues found, you now have what is known as a Shopping List. Dealerships don't like this as they see this as an obstacle to selling you the vehicle.
From personal experience over 75% of buyers return to a dealership with a shopping list with anywhere from one issue to a dozen, some demands are silly, some very legimate.
Buyer usually want all the issues included with purchase Salesperson knows every issue will affect the gross profit and that means less commission. A top gun salesperson with years of experience have been down this road many times before and can read the consumers emotions if some issues become a factor to seal the deal, but will try to overcome every obstacle.
Negotiate the Deal Prior to an Independent Inspection
Let's say your looking at a car that dealer's asking price is $15,000 and you take vehicle for an independent inspection prior to having done the negotiation and return with a shopping list with $400. to be fixed, the dealer will most likely play ball as they now see the deal at $14,600,,, But hey,,, your a sharp consumer and want the car at $14,000 with the shopping list included. Subject to amount of gross profit in unit you may still have a deal, yer your a real sharp cookie, or so you think.
You don't mention or utter the words " independent inspection " before you have arrived at a negotiated price " example " with no shopping list included in the deal, you may have been able to negotiate down to $13.500, Dealer accepts your offer and want to shake your hand, at which point you say deal will be subject to my own mechanical inspection, now when you return with the $400. shopping list you will know your next step to be taken if you have done some study on this website " it's called deal or I walk "
Red Flag... Some dealers will let you take vehicle for inspection prior to bill of sale, while other dealers will demand deposit along with bill of sale completed, in such cases make sure deal subject to own mechanical inspection is written on bill of sale
Have a Brain Break - Enjoy some car jokes
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive
Magistrate: 'But if you saw the lady driving towards you, why didn't you give her half the road?'
Motorist: 'I was going to, Your Honour, as soon as I could find out which half she wanted.
My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And then the fight started