What to know before buying a used car
Are you planning to buy a used car but worried about getting a lemon? All used cars should be professionally inspected by a certified shop before purchase. This is called a pre-purchase inspection, or PPI.
One of the only exceptions is when buying from a dealership that sells pre-certified used cars. If a seller will not agree to a pre-purchase inspection, that's a sign that the seller is hiding something, and you should walk away.
During a pre-purchase inspection, the car needs to be put up in the air. Ninety percent of information we get comes from the brakes, suspension, exhaust and tires. We will also scan a car's computer system to see if it's in readiness mode or has been altered (it has to be in readiness mode to pass DEQ), and we will do a long road test. The whole inspection only takes about two hours. We are thorough but efficient.
A pre-purchase inspection costs $100 to $150. In addition to the inspection, we'll give a list of any problems with the car and the estimated cost to fix them, in order of importance. That way, buyers will know what they are getting into, perhaps renegotiate the price, decide not to buy, or decide that the cost of the car and the repairs is fair and within budget.
Before you purchase a used car, bring it to Vic's Auto Center so we can check it out.
Vic's Auto Center
15880 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035