It is always a question you ask when the perfect used car sitting in front of you....... is This to good to be true? Sometimes it is.
It's not a good feeling when you make the grim discovery that your odometer has been tampered with afters you fork our thousands of your hard earned dollars on a car or truck.
the most crucial component in discovering potential odometer rollback is checking the vehicles service history either from service book or requesting what's called a 'service printout' with the servicing dealership.
The lack of service history supplied from the dealer or private seller already raises a red flag on the car's unknown history.
What you should also be checking is that if the vehicle has a service book, you need to make sure that its not a reprint or reproduction book with forged numbers. Blank service books can commonly be purchased on the internet.
Older vehicles with rotary style odometer readings
If your are looking at a vehicle with a rotary style odometer gauge you will always need to ensure that the numbers are LINED UP CORRECTLY.
These old style gauges are very hard to lined back up within the gear mechanism and 9 times out of 10, they always never line up correctly.
Inspect the general wear and tear of the vehicle
OK. So you have a vehicle with a full service history that has been confirmed by the dealership or servicing mechanic? that's great. the last part of your investigation is inspection of general wear and tear items that are commonly worn down with cars or truck with higher mileage;
Have your car inspected by a professional
The final stage of your investigation will be to have a certified technician inspect the vehicle with speciality tools and computer scanning equipment to ensure that, in fact, the indicated mileage of the vehicle is correct.
Various cars and trucks have different measures or configurations, so some of the above points may not be applicable to your vehicle, however, its a good start.
A coating thickness gauge is utilised to test the coating thickness of ferrous and non-ferrous metals (otherwise known as magnetic and non-magnetic metal surfaces).
Ferrous metals include;
These imperfections include;
In short, a coasting thickness or paint thickness test is crucial when completing vehicle inspections. No matter if it is for a pre-purchase inspection, warranty inspection or repair dispute inspections.
Buying a vehicle can be an exciting time in your life, people often buy vehicles as a statement piece and can be very proud of their new wheels! On the other hand, buying a used car can also lead of a lot of headaches, arguments with the seller and even court appearances in some cases.
Below are just some tips for people looking at purchasing their next car and taking the necessary precautionary methods to make a successful transaction.
Buying from a dealership:
It is always recommend buying from an authorised dealership based on the following factors;
If your still unsure whether to go ahead with the inspection or not, just get a professional to come out and look at the vehicle and get a comprehensive report in writing.
This will usually save you all the back and forward phone calls and a lot of time.
With all the issues set in writing you will then be able to negotiate your final offer depending on the outcome of the vehicle inspection report.
Buying from a private seller:
Buying from a private seller can seem like a better option in some cases by one major factor, the asking prices are almost indefinitely cheaper! Whilst this option can seem appealing, nothing comes without its downfalls.
Please consider the following factors that all used car buyers should take into consideration before making their initial offer;
If the above-mentioned factors are out of your capabilities, again, it is recommend engaging the services of a certified vehicle inspector and mechanic to come out onsite and report on these items as they are crucial elements that will make your car purchase a breeze.
Also, there are no grace or warranty periods for all private vehicle sales, so it is essential that the seller is aware of all the red flags and ensuring that there are no question marks when making their final offer.