Buying a Used Car

With special back-to-school promotions, now is a great time of year to take advantage of deals to buy a new vehicle! But before you sign for a new-to-you used vehicle, make sure the vehicle doesn’t have any lurking surprises waiting to cost you time, money, and stress to repair.

Before you buy a new or used car, have a pre-purchase inspection with an independent auto shop like Harris Garage. If the dealer where you are buying the car doesn’t offer an inspection, walk away. It isn’t worth the stress and risk of buying a “lemon” vehicle with latent problems and costly repairs.

Even if the car comes with a complete history, it’s a good idea to have a third party inspect the vehicle before you purchase it. Most reputable auto dealers will allow you to take the vehicle to an independent auto shop for a pre-purchase inspection (and if they don’t, again, walk away).

An independent mechanic will be able to provide you an unbiased report on the condition of the vehicle before you decide to purchase it.

Even if the used vehicle has very few miles on it, you can never assume that it is in good condition. Many factors affect the wear and tear of vehicles, including driver habits, road conditions, and past maintenance. A car that seems to run perfectly fine may have underlying issues that will only reveal themselves after you’ve taken the car home.

The certified technicians at Harris Garage offer comprehensive and thorough pre-purchase inspections to give you peace of mind. We’ll take the time to review what we find with you, answer any questions you have, and help you understand and repairs or services that will be needed.

With this knowledge at hand, you’ll be able to make an educated and informed decision about the vehicle you’re about to purchase. For more car buying advice or to schedule a pre-purchase inspection at Harris Garage, call us at (804) 642-2440.