Pre Purchase Diagnostics


CK Automotive Support Services offers Pre-Purchase diagnostics for customers who need complete, inspection of their vehicles.

Thinking of Buying a New or Pre-Owned Vehicle?

No piece of car buying advice is more often ignored than this: Have a mechanic inspect a car before you buy it. Why do buyers plunk down thousands of dollars on a car with little more than an around-the-block test drive and a glance under the hood?  Here are a couple of things to look for.

  • Check Engine Light – This could mean: Catalytic Converter, $$? Tune up Minor or Major $100-300.
  • Tires: Tires may indicate an alignment problem or possible frame damage.
  • The Hood or Bonnet: If the lines separating the fenders and the hood are uneven, that hood or fenders have been replaced.
  • Buying for show instead of reliability: Many people will purchase a vehicle, without realizing the maintenance costs. Before you buy get an estimate, for transmissions engine maintenance etc..
  • Are there any recalls or bullets: We all know what a recall is, but a bullet or bulletin happens when the manufacturer knows of a specific problem. However it’s not been recalled yet, they will repair the item when you bring it into the Dealership for routine maintenance.
  • Putting too much faith in Carfax: Carfax is an excellent tool for vehicle history, however it’s better to know where the car is than where it was.

With a little planning, the inspection process can be as fast and revealing as a Hollywood exposé. If the inspection report is clean, you can buy with confidence. If it unearths a checkered past, you can back away or negotiate a lower price in line with the cost of repairs.

Most sellers will let you take the car for an inspection or have a mobile inspection performed at their home. If the seller hesitates. You have to wonder what they’re hiding.”

 The Vital Pre-Purchase Inspection

Experts agree that used cars must be inspected before the final negotiation for purchase. The ordinary car buyer, even if mechanically savvy, really can’t do it justice.

CK Automotive Support recommends having the inspection performed by a mechanic you’ve built a relationship with. The car should also be test-driven over a predetermined route that includes hills, bumps and potholes to pick up suspension problems and reveal engine performance issues.

“There is so much information on the Web about every type of car,” Someone has to verify not just what’s wrong with the car, but also what’s right with it.” Adding that a seller can also proactively have a car inspected and volunteer to provide the results of a condition report. “If you are the seller, does it enhance the sale to attach a condition report?” he asked. “I think it does.”

E-Bay Motors — a Game-Changer

Remote car buying, which allowed a buyer in Boston to bid on a car in Los Angeles. But in that case, how could they know if the seller had truthfully described the vehicle?

 What Pre-Purchase Diagnostics Costs, What It Covers

CK Automotive Supports, 60 point Bumper to Bumper diagnostic cost $90.00. The coverage consist of a complete examination of current status i.e.  Engine, Transmission, Body, Axles and Electrical. Future maintenance, cost of vehicle and overall reliability.

Nearly all auto service facilities — from chain repair stores to dealerships to independent garages — offer some type of pre-purchase inspection.

“One of the biggest problems in private-party transactions is setting expectations. With a good inspection, you know what you are getting.” Automotive experts agree that a good inspection serves several functions:

  • Verifies the equipment, or options, on the car
  • Confirms the condition level of the car
  • Reveals hidden problems with the body, frame or engine
  • Finds engine codes that can reveal engine problems
  • Keeps you from buying a lemon.

          Many major problems that can be spotted by a good inspector include:

Frame damage — if the frame shows damage it indicates the car has been in a serious accident. Unless it has been repaired correctly, the car’s wheels might not track properly, causing the vehicle to pull to one side and eventually leading to tire damage.

Poor previous repair work — this could range from sloppy bodywork to improper installation of modifications.

Smoker’s car — if a car is being purchased remotely, via eBay for example, the seller could disguise the fact that someone has smoked in the car. Smoke gets into the vehicle’s headliner and upholstery, and it is impossible to remove the smell.

Flood-damaged car — a vehicle history report can red-flag a flood damaged car, unless its title has been falsified. If that’s the case, then it’s important for an inspector to check for signs of water damage.

Electrical Damage — electrical short can be extremely expensive, often a wiring short will kill the battery, starter, alternator, ignition switch, elect fuel pump etc. Any one of these parts must be changed before the short can be found.

Current Engine & Transmission Condition — let’s face it, you buy a nice used car Friday. On Monday after a road trip weekend. The Transmission starts to slip, or the engine keeps overheating. These things are extremely frustrating. Now it’s back to the shop or dealer, maybe it’s under warranty maybe not. Call CK Automotive Support, take the guess work out you and your vehicles relationship.

Call CK Automotive Support Services at (323) 867-7913 for Pre-Purchase diagnostics services.