How Do Pre-Purchase Inspections Work? We Can Tell You!

How Pre-Purchase Inspections WorkSo you’re considering a pre-purchase car inspection – congratulations! You are taking an important step toward making an informed decision about an important investment. But how does a pre-purchase inspection work? How do you begin, and what should you expect?

A pre-purchase car inspection allows you to obtain detailed information about a used, classic, vintage, or antique vehicle. AAG’s certified inspection agents perform detailed research about all types of vehicles and provide a comprehensive report about the vehicle’s condition. This report includes detailed photographs, title information, and receipts pertaining to any repairs or restorations. You will be able to speak with the certified auto inspection agent before and after the inspection about any concerns you may have.

What to Expect From Pre-Purchase InspectionsAAG Pre-Purchase Inspections include:

  • Consultation with your AAG Certified Agent before and after inspection.
  • An in-depth, 15-page condition report that documents the origin and condition of the vehicle, including test ride results and a detailed schematic of paint gauge readings.
  • Pre-purchase inspection reports include decoding and identification numbers at no extra charge.
  • Detailed photographs that show the vehicle’s condition, inside and out. You will also receive a copy of the title or registration and any receipts or information provided by the seller. The report and photos will be available in your Pre-Purchase Inspection Portfolio online to be viewed and downloaded as needed.
  • Your inspection agent will review all inspection materials with you and remain available for any questions you may have about the car’s condition.
  • Pre-Purchase Inspections with Auto Appraisal GroupYou will be provided a current market value consultation after all research and analysis of the current market have been completed.
  • You have the option to purchase a vehicle appraisal certificate to document the vehicle’s condition and value for only $150. This certificate can be used in reference to insurance and lending requirements.

AAG does not buy, sell, or broker vehicles, allowing us to work solely in your best interests. Our certified agents have set the industry standard with prompt, reliable, and personal pre-purchase inspections that you can trust. Our pre-purchase inspection agents work not to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t buy, but to provide you with all the information you need to take an educated step in the right direction.

How Pre-Purchase Auto Inspections WorkReady to schedule your pre-purchase inspection? It’s easy! Call us at 800-848-2886 between 9:00 – 5:00 Eastern Time or fill out our online form. We have offices nationwide to serve you wherever you need us. Most pre-purchase inspections are scheduled within 48 hours of your order. Let our certified pre-purchase inspection agents help you to make the right decision!

Do I Need a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Pre-purchase inspection by AAG Certified InspectorIn recent years, modern car purchasing has changed dramatically from the traditional methods. The rise in long distance car buying and a shift towards buying classic cars as investment pieces has made the process both more convenient and more open to misuse. It can be hard to know the true condition of the vehicle and who to trust when it comes to its condition and history, especially if you are just looking at pictures online. If you are buying a vintage vehicle or a used late-model car, a pre-purchase inspection from an independent party can help protect you from misrepresented vehicles, dishonest sellers, and fraud.

The FBI and the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York recently uncovered a $4.5 million fraud ring that involved classic cars, indicting 25 defendants for running a nationwide scheme posting fake classic cars for sale online. Victims of the ring would respond to ads online and then be directed to shell corporations to pay for a car they would never receive. In most cases, the money lost was never recovered, and some victims were left with no choice but to continue to pay auto loans without ever receiving a car.

Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection shows tear at bottom edge of door panelDoor Panel WearAAG’s professional inspection process has exposed fraudulent sellers in the past. Dishonest sellers won’t return calls when they discover we’ve been asked to complete an inspection. Or, agents have arrived at the address given by the seller to find empty lots and no cars for sale.

With the convenience of one-click shopping and online auctions comes the need to do your homework: the best way to protect yourself when buying a car is a pre-purchase inspection from a trusted and certified professional.

Pre-Purchase Car Inspection shows 1959 Cadillac Fins1959 Cadillac FinsYou may be asking yourself “Do I need a pre-purchase inspection? I can probably go look at the car myself.” An experienced inspector can be your eyes and ears and will provide a detailed report that documents the vehicle’s condition. A professional pre-purchase inspection should include a market value consultation based upon the vehicle’s condition and documented history. An inspection can save you the cost and time of travel should you decide this vehicle is not the one that you want to purchase.

Make sure your pre-purchase inspection agent has been certified, and check to make sure they also provide the following:

    • • The opportunity to speak with your inspection agent before and after the inspection in case you have questions.

• A copy of the title or registration, pertinent receipts and information should be provided to the inspector by the seller.

• Documentation of all parts of the inspection, including notes on condition, originality, test ride results and paint gauge readings.

• Detailed photographs that provide first-hand evidence of the car’s complete condition, inside and out. Don’t rely on the seller’s photos alone.

• Data tag and vehicle identification numbers should be documented and decoded.

• Ask if your pre-purchase inspection company can provide a certified appraisal for insurance or bank loan purposes if you decide to purchase the vehicle.

• A value consultation with the master appraiser should be included. AAG utilizes its centralized database along with 30 years of experience to determine an accurate market value for the vehicle.

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Pre-purchase inspections often uncover areas of concerns that may give you room to negotiate with the seller’s asking price.

Find an agent who is located near the vehicle in need of a pre-purchase inspection. AAG agents are located nationwide, allowing you to get a pre-purchase inspection promptly.

Pre-Purchase Inspection shows close up of misaligned chromeMisaligned Chrome It is best to hire an inspector from an independent service, not one affiliated with selling or brokering cars. Pre-purchase inspection agents should work for you, rather than working to their own or the seller’s benefit.

Before you buy your next classic car, antique car or any other type of vehicle, have an independent pre-purchase inspection completed by an experienced, tested and certified AAG agent. AAG’s pre-purchase auto inspection service gives you the confidence to buy or walk away.

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