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Old 11-18-2014, 08:56 PM
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Always, and it save me big $ more than once when buying used.

But I would never consider a Firestone or other chain or even a dealer shop for this. Find a good, reputable mechanic with a track record in the community. If you already have a relationship with him/her, better yet. Especially important with certain makes (VW, Audi, Porcshe, for example - those folks know the cars year-by-year, model-by-model).
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Old 11-18-2014, 09:07 PM
Location: Southern Arizona
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Simple one word answer to this question . . . ABSOLUTELY.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:06 PM
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Originally Posted by Miss Hepburn View Post
From a private seller I always do.

I can take it to a shop I have done biz with since '88...they
will look at everything but engine stuff....and that's alot.
How do you do that? How would someone let a stranger take his car somewhere? I wouldn’t and I don’t have the time to follow him to who knows where and spend a better part of a day. You, as a buyer, should know enough to be able to notice the telltale signs of trouble. It is not hard. A mechanic can never predict future failures anyway. If you want it checked out by your mechanic, you are welcome to bring him along with you. My time is no less valuable than his.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:33 PM
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When I bought privately recently I arranged to meet the guy at the auto shop with the car.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by G-fused View Post
I know nothing about cars. I'm considering buying a used car from a private seller and someone said that it's standard to take it to a mechanic to have it checked out before buying and that they would charge something like $100 to make sure it's ok.

I mean I don't get it. Find a car that looks good, find a mechanic that is close by, go to a person's place, test drive the car, if I like it tell him/her that I want to take it to a mechanic, then go to a local one...would they just drop what they are doing and turn their attention to me and do it on the spot?

Is this something people do when buying used from a private seller?
Originally Posted by Redraven View Post
I don't know if it is "standard" or not (I don't), but if, as you say, you know nothing about cars, for you and others like you it would be a good idea.
Keep in mind that when buying a used vehicle it is "AS IS, WHERE IS"!
Which is to say, you bought it, and all the problems that go with it. There is NO warranty, expressed or implied, unless it is in writing.
So, yes, getting it looked at by a competent shop IS a good idea, and some shops will do it for you in hopes of getting your future business.
It may cost you $75 to $100, but it might save a lot of grief later.
Good luck.
redraven is right. since you know little about cars, it is a good idea to take any used car that oyu are considering purchasing to a reputable mechanic for a pre buy inspection. i generally dont for two reasons;

1: i have a solid knowledge base about how these things are built and operate, and i know what to look for when buying a car

2: i generally buy cars that are cheap to begin with, so if they break in half, i just sell both halves and get another one.
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:34 AM
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Everyone is assuming that the seller will let you take the car to get inspected.

No used car dealerships i have been to EVER let you take the cars off the lot.
They always claim there mechanics inspected it.

I guess the best thing to do is take the mechanic with you on the test drives
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:04 AM
Location: Westside Houston
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G fused

Give us the detail of the car. We ll try to help u.

I don't know about other states, but here in houston, there are places that provides pre purchase inspection. That's all they do.

Back in the day, my shop did not provide that specific service, but I have done it for regular customers for a small fee..

For many of you non car people. I suggest, talking to mechanics who are experts of the brand of car you intend to buy. 100bucks is cheap.

Side note: here recently, a member was wanting to pay me to come inspect a car they wants to buy. I didn't go, due to my full time job. That got me to think, that would make a good side gig for me. Hmmmmm anyways, They did buy the car i recommended

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Old 11-20-2014, 04:08 PM
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I paid for a mobile mechanic to come check out the car. I used one local to me--PDX inspections. It was great as it didn't require the seller taking it anywhere. Check it out (do a google search for PDX inspections) and then see if you can find something comparable near by. I also read all the yelp reviews and google reviews before making an appointment to make sure the inspection guy was good.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:09 PM
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Also, this link about what to look for when buying off craigslist was really helpful to me Used car buying tips for Portland Oregon - Avoiding scams and added costs.
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