Should I Inspect a Used Car Before Buying?

Should I Inspect a Used Car Before Buying?

If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, we can’t stress the importance of having a thorough presale inspection! So often, buyers ignore this valuable advice and blindly purchase a vehicle with little more than a quick test drive. Here we touch on the importance of a presale inspection and why having detailed information about a used vehicle is key to making a smart purchase.

Why Consumers Avoid Car Inspections

In our experience, we’ve noticed there are three main reasons why buyers avoid a presale inspection:

  • Consumers are unaware that quality used vehicle inspections are readily available and easily accessible.
  • Buyers do not want to pay extra for an inspection.
  • Buyers anticipate that an inspection will be a hassle and/or a dealer or private party will not agree to one.

A SureSale vehicle quality report addresses all roadblocks listed above and provides easy access to quality reports about the past, present, and future of a car. SureSale reports are accessible online, through an independent technician, on a used car shopping website, or at an automotive dealership.

The Value of a Presale Inspection

Experts agree that all used vehicles should be inspected by a qualified technician before a final negotiation or purchase is complete. In fact, both sellers and buyers reap the benefits of a presale inspection, some of which include:

For Sellers….

  • Provides sellers an additional selling point by having a written report (such as a SureSale vehicle quality report) readily available to show potential buyers.
  • Lends credibility to the seller.
  • Gives the seller confidence to negotiate a deal and/or walk away from a low-ball offer.

For Buyers…

  • Establishes trust and increases familiarity with the vehicle.
  • Provides a more in-depth, detailed history of the vehicle, i.e., what is wrong with it, but also what is right with it.
  • A clean inspection report gives buyers peace of mind with their purchasing decision.
  • Gives buyers the opportunity to walk away from a deal and/or provides leverage to negotiate a lower price to offset the cost of repairs.

How the Inspection Process Works

A presale inspection should always be completed by a reliable third party, i.e., a skilled mechanic or another type of qualified technician. Most sellers will let you take the vehicle for an inspection or agree to have a mobile inspection performed at their home or place of business. If the seller hesitates, it’s a red flag and could be a sign that they are withholding information about the vehicle’s quality or condition.

At SureSale, we believe a thorough inspection should include a 170-point inspection, a road test over a route that includes hills, bumps, and potholes (can reveal engine performance or suspension issues), and a detailed history check.

Give yourself peace of mind

When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle, even the most mechanically savvy buyer may not be able to detect a lemon! A clean SureSale report will give you confidence in the quality of the vehicle you are about to purchase. Look for the SureSale logo on dealership websites and used car shopping websites such as CarGurus,, and AutoTrader. If you’re at a dealership, simply look for a SureSale sticker on the car and scan the QR code to immediately view a SureSale vehicle quality report on your phone.