Berkeley Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection
Oceanworks is the premier Berkeley auto repair shop that, in addition to wide range of auto repairs, also offers Berkeley pre-purchase vehicle inspections. When buying a used car, pre-purchase inspection is one of the most important steps you can take. Think of it as a really inexpensive insurance that protects your multi-thousand dollar investment. With the results of a pre-purchase inspection you know exactly what you are buying – and how much it may cost you in future repair and maintenance expenses.
We all know that buying a used car can be risky. That’s why Oceanworks offers a comprehensive Berkeley pre-purchase vehicle inspection. We will give you a detailed report on the overall health of the vehicle you are about to buy – before you spend the money. Whether you choose to buy the vehicle or not, you will do so knowing exactly what to expect. Clients have often been able to negotiate lower purchase price because of the future maintenance and repair needs revealed by the prepurchase inspection.
We will provide you with a copy of our findings, and we will go over the inspection results, so you will not only know the overall health of the vehicle, but also any likely future repair or maintenance needs. We also research a database that holds repair history of millions of vehicles – it will often provide information if the vehicle you are buying had been in an accident in the past.
Oceanworks prepurchase inspections area performed by our nationally ASE certified technicians, who will perform a professional inspection, which includes following:
- Steering system
- Quality of Fluids
- Brake lines, brake fluid level and water content of the brake fluid
- Check for coolant leaks
- Check for oil leaks
- Cooling system and radiator
- Check for transmission fluid leaks
- Charging systems and electrical systems components
We not only inspect various car systems and sub-systems, but also take the car for a drive, so we can assess it under real world conditions.
As the name “pre-purchase” suggest, it’s best to bring the vehicle for an inspection BEFORE you buy it. We have seen cases where a car was brought for an inspection after the purchase, only to reveal that it needed more in repairs than it was worth.
In most cases sellers, whether private party or a used car dealer, will be ok with inspecting the car before the purchase. If they object, this should raise a red flag in your mind. Some sellers are even willing to pay for the pre-purchase inspection, though this is rare.
Oceanworks is here to assist you – when you have identified a used vehicle that you want to buy, bring it to Oceanworks in Berkeley for a professional pre-purchase inspection. We offer convenient online appointments, or you can simply call us at the shop.