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Old 06-16-2004, 01:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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lets say im buying a used car
how much is it for a mechanic to check it out
and do you think they always tell the truth?
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No, they do not always tell the truth :[. Some mechanic i went to unscrewed my power steering screws and told me i needed to have it fixed for 700. And i had to pay 25 dollars for the check. :'[
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Go to a reputible place, such as an Esso Car Clinic or a business that's been around for years.
You should be able to tell if a place will give you the service you want by:
1- They should charge you at minimum 1 to 1 1/2 hours of work.
2- They should give you a detailed written report, and this should include:
-compression of all cylinders
-condition of brake system, struts, springs, exhaust system
-general body shell condition
3- They also should take the car for a short drive.

I have bought 4 cars and gone through these pre-purchace checks at different places and I believe I got what I paid for.
Remember, if the mechanic did find something wrong you don't have to pay to get it fixed. Simply return the car to its owner and move on to your next interested car.

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Old 06-16-2004, 09:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Some finance companies in the UK offer you an inspection with your loan.... very nice, totally impartial.

15 ($25)

I have a close friend who works as a mechanic at a prestige garage... very handy.
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k thanks man
that helped alot
ill make sure to get those all checked out
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i paid like $50
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Take somebody who knows a thing or two about cars. If that's you, great. If it's a friend, just as good. If you walk in there and sound like you know what your talking about, most mechanics have an easier time explaining what's wrong/ isn't wrong with the car.

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