October 5, 2020 -
Buying a Car? PRE-OWNED vehicles almost always make the most financial sense!
February 17, 2017
Buying a brand new car is not the most practical or cost effective option in most cases. Most often, the wiser decision is to purchase a used car in good condition, but this is where things get tricky – how to purchase a quality used car? We’ve assembled some helpful knowledge:
In theory, the Carfax report provides some peace of mind to car buyers, showing any incidents that happened with the car and, in some cases, a service record. But the problem with these reports is that they are often incomplete. Unfortunately, in many cases accidents aren’t reported to Carfax, and are left off the report entirely. In these cases, you really have no idea what the car has been through, what pieces have been damaged and replaced, and if there are residual issues that may resurface down the road. We can reveal for you what the Carfax did not!
Secondhand Parts (Is that Honda you’re looking at still a Honda?)
Another potentially problematic scenario is second hand parts, whether used in its maintenance, or after an accident repair. While this may not be a deal breaker on purchasing the car, it should be disclosed to you before purchasing. Second hand parts may or may not cause an issue, but likely won’t last like factory parts would, and can be a serious issue if any warranty is still valid. We will let you know what are factory, and what are impostor parts!
Is the Service Record available to you?
Precisely how the vehicle has been kept (Has the maintenance been done at the proper intervals using the proper parts?) is a key indicator of the longevity of a car, and future ownership expense to you. There’s no way to know the full maintenance history without the records, but we can tell a lot with our inspection.
Maryland State Inspection does NOT tell the whole story!
Keep in mind that just because the vehicle passed Maryland State Inspection, does not mean you won’t have significant expenses in the first months of ownership. Many components that pass inspection today – such as tires and brakes – can be below minimum specifications in a matter of weeks or months! We strongly recommend an overall inspection of the vehicle, prior to purchase, performed by an independent shop that you trust. Choisser IAS performs these inspections, providing our customers with a detailed report of our findings, and what they can expect to service, replace or repair in the first days, months and years of ownership. In some cases, we’ll advise you to pass on a particular vehicle, and we’ll show you why.
Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle is estimated to SAVE the consumer THOUSANDS of dollars in the first years of ownership, provided educated decisions are made during the purchase. The team at Choisser Import Auto Services is dedicated to helping you achieve that goal!
What Our Customers Say..
"Robert (Rob) Choisser has been servicing my 1998 Honda CRV for nearly 3 years. I have never had better, more honest service done on any of my cars. Rob is extremely thorough in his work and more than fair in his pricing, I would recommend his work to anyone in my family and to my friends. He is a real credit to his profession, his family and friends."
- Gary, Owings, MD