If you are thinking of buying a used car here are a few suggestions. Look at where you are buying. Dealerships usually have the highest quality of used cars. Anything that is suspect or lower quality is sent to an auction where other dealers may buy and resell them. The lowest quality cars are usually found at the “Buy Here Pay Here” lots. Look at posted warranties. If a dealer trusts a used car they will offer a warranty, perform E-check and offer a Carfax report.
You can find good deals with private buyers but the risk is higher. Ohio law is buyer beware on private sales. Once the money and vehicle are exchanged there is little recourse. An E-check and a Carfax report are very helpful from private buyers too.
At Innovative Autocare, we can also perform a pre-purchase inspection for you. We will test drive the car. We will lift the car on the hoist and visually inspect for crash damage, loose or missing parts. We will inspect the steering, suspension,belts, hoses, lights, tires, engine and brakes. We will load test the battery. We will connect our scan tool and determine weather or not the vehicle will pass e-check. We will also print an Identafix report that shows what services are due and what areas have reliability concerns. We do this for $40.00 at both locations 4901 South Main in Portage Lakes and 1330 Raff Road SW in Canton.