Repairing Your Car

Three Scenarios Where Auto Inspection Is A Must

Auto inspection is more than just looking at the exterior of a vehicle and liking what you see. It involves taking the vehicle to a mechanic and having him/her inspect the vehicle's working guts, tires/wheels, and anything else necessary to make the vehicle go. There are at least three scenarios where a vehicle inspection is an absolute must. 

When You Are Buying a Used Car from a Private Dealer

Dealerships are required by law to inspect their vehicles before placing them on their lots for sale. However, that same law does not apply to any private seller of individual vehicles. Ergo, if you are going to buy a vehicle from a private seller, do not give the seller a dime until he/she consents to having the vehicle inspected and the vehicle is declared safe and fully functional. 

When You Need Smog Inspections for Registration

Some cities and states do not allow vehicles to be titled and registered until owners supply proof that the vehicles have been fully inspected and tested for smog pollutants and have passed inspection/testing. You cannot legally drive any vehicle that is not titled/registered, and you cannot title/register any vehicle in any city or state where there are smog requirements. You can take a vehicle to a certified mechanic that is licensed by the state for this type of inspection, or you can take it to one of the DOT/DMV's certified smog testing stations to complete this requirement. 

When You Are a Dealer Taking a Vehicle in Trade

This last scenario usually only applies to dealerships. Dealerships that take used vehicles in trade for new vehicles have to assess the value of the vehicle that the owner wants to trade. To do that, the vehicle has to be inspected and analyzed for anything that is unsafe or that will need repairs before it can be resold to someone else. If the problems with a vehicle exceed acceptable guidelines for the trade, the trade may not go through.

The customer would either have to fix some of the things that are wrong with the vehicle before attempting to trade it in again, or the customer would have to trade in a different vehicle. Even if the customer chooses the latter option, that second vehicle has to go through the same inspection process before a dealer is willing to accept the used vehicle in trade. Usually, the onsite mechanics at the dealership complete these inspections. 

For more information, contact a company like Oak Hollow Tire Car Care Center Inc.