Do dealerships inspect used cars?

March 7th, 2022 by

If you are looking for a used car, you may have some concerns. Used car dealerships have traditionally had a bit of a sketchy reputation and you might be nervous that you could end up making a bad investment and end up driving a lemon. Here’s the good news: the modern used car dealer puts vehicles through reconditioning and a thorough inspection before putting used cars on the lot. What’s involved in a used car inspection?

  • First, the car is examined thoroughly. An experienced, well-trained technician looks at the vehicle’s exterior to determine if there are any cosmetic issues that need to be addressed. After that, the interior is similarly inspected. The technician will look carefully at things like seating controls, the suspension system, and the brakes, to make sure the vehicle is in good shapeUsed cars for the next owner. Time is also taken to determine whether there are any codes that need to be addressed before the vehicle is sold. Sometimes a person will reset their check engine light before trading in a vehicle, but during the inspection the dealership can determine which codes existed before that warning was cleared.
  • A road test comes next. Once the car has been thoroughly inspected, inside, outside, and under the hood, someone at the dealership will take it for a test drive. The dealership wants to make sure the vehicle is up to the challenge of whatever the new owner will bring to the table, and taking the car out on the road will give a better idea of how it handles. When its determined how well the car drives, the dealership will have a much better idea of any work that may need to be done before it’s up to the standards that would allow it to be placed onto the lot for sale.
  • Detailing is the last step. After the mechanics and technicians at the dealership have determined that the vehicle is mechanically sound and in good shape both inside and out, it’s time for detailing. This is more than just running the car through a car wash. It’s a process that involves restoring anything that’s amiss with the vehicle, including any mechanical or safety features. Any rips or tears in the upholstery will be mended, as will any chips or cracks in the windshield. The dealership will get rid of any dents or dings that interfere with the car’s aesthetic appeal, as well.
  • In most cases, an inspection report will be provided. If you’re purchasing a used car from a dealership, ask for the inspection report. You’ll want to read it carefully so that you’ll know exactly what to expect from your purchase. For used vehicles in Florida, there will be a sticker in the window detailing the condition of the car, stating any issues, and clarifying whether the vehicle is under warranty or sold “as is.” Pay attention to this sticker so that you know what you’re buying and what you can expect from the dealer after the purchase is completed.

Does the inspection done by the dealership mean you shouldn’t take the car to be inspected independently? Not at all. It’s smart to have any car you’re seriously considering for purchase inspected by a professional before you make the commitment to buy it. You can do this a few different ways. If you’re a professional mechanic, your problem is solved! Just give the vehicle a good once-over while you’re at the dealership. If you have a good relationship with a mechanic and can ask him or her to come with you to the dealership to check out the car you intend to purchase, that is the next best thing. There are also mobile mechanics who you can hire to come out to the dealership and conduct an inspection of the vehicle you’ve got in your sights. Finally, you can obtain permission from the dealership to take the vehicle off-site and have it inspected by a mechanic of your choice. It’s in the best interest of the dealership to allow this, because it will prevent you from coming back later and saying that you were sold a car that was not in the condition you were led to believe it was in. What’s more, a reputable dealership that does inspections before selling a used car will be confident in the inspection already completed by their team. Therefore, an additional inspection, done by your mechanic, shouldn’t be a threat to the used car dealer.

At Dixie Buick GMC, we offer both pre-owned and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. While we inspect every vehicle that comes through our lot, our Buick/GMC Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are given a 172 point inspection before they are reconditioned and listed for sale. What’s more, when you buy a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle from us, you’ll have the protection of a 6 year/100,000 mile limited warranty.

If you’re looking for a car dealership with a reputation for excellence at every stage of the car sales process, look no further than Dixie Buick GMC. At Dixie Buick GMC, we’ve been serving the community of Fort Myers, Florida since 1934, and we’ve earned a reputation as a trustworthy business by providing quality vehicles and outstanding service every step of the way. With an extensive online inventory and welcoming showroom, we work with customers to help them find the right new or used vehicle to meet their needs and fit their budgets. Buying a car can be an overwhelming process because there are so many options out there, but we’re here for you, from the trade in process, through working with your credit, to providing excellent service, performed by certified factory-trained technicians, after you’ve purchased your vehicle. To learn more about what our award-winning sales and service team can do for you, visit our showroom, browse vehicles on our website, give us a call at 239-330-9918, or contact us online.

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