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Protection of car

Despite automakers stuffing more connective technology, safety equipment, and complex sensors into new cars with every passing year, vehicles continue to get more reliable.

This is great news for shoppers looking to save money on a dependable used car. But ask any expert: you still need to do your homework before signing on the dotted line.

The first in a 10-part series, we’re here to explain the importance of buying a pre-owned car that has first been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned.

Why get a mechanical inspection?

Unless you’re an experienced technician, it can be difficult to assess the condition of a used car and spot any upcoming problems from a quick visual check or test drive.

That’s why whether you’re buying a vehicle privately or through a dealership, it’s vital that you insist on getting a safety inspection from a certified repair shop. This is a thorough mechanical inspection that checks the working condition and integrity of a car’s body, brakes, suspension, engine, electronics, safety systems, and much more.

An automotive inspection from a reputable repair shop typically costs between $120 and $150, but is included on every pre-owned vehicle sold in the Driving Change Auto Group: Bennett Dunlop Ford, Carman Ford, and River City Ford.

Mechachic checking on a car

What is reconditioning?

Reconditioning is the entire restorative process performed by professional detailers to bring a used car back to a “like new” showroom condition.

This includes degreasing the engine, an exterior wash, vacuum, interior clean, window wipe, and power polish. Furthermore, reconditioning typically includes repairing scraped rims, touching up rock chips, removing dents, and replacing any damaged parts.

The advantages to buying a reconditioned used vehicle are numerous. First, it saves you the trouble of buying expensive detailing products and spending hours cleaning your car out of your own garage or driveway. Next, a professional reconditioning will allow you to spot any damage or trouble areas that may need to be fixed later on.

Though a professional reconditioning can cost up to several hundred dollars, at DCAG dealerships, all our used cars are thoroughly detailed before being placed on the lot for sale.

auto mechanic polishing car

Stay tuned for more buying tips!

We’re just getting started! Check back next time to read the subsequent post in our Used Car Buyer’s Guide series: Get a CarProof Report.

Share your experience

  • Did you buy your last used vehicle privately or through a dealership?
  • Did it include an inspection and a reconditioning?
  • Would you shop that way again?

2 Responses to “Used Car Buyer’s Guide: #1 Inspections & Reconditioning”

  1. Kyle Ross

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to have a used vehicle checked before purchasing it. My wife and I are wanting to purchase another car because our current one is getting to be too small for our growing family. We’re on a pretty tight budget, so we want to buy a used one, so we’ll definitely look into having it checked before making any decisions. Thanks for the great post!



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