February 8, 2016
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It's often been said, and it's true: buying a used car is a much better financial decision than buying a new one. The value of a car can drop to 50-60% of its original price when it's just 3 years old. If you're looking to get as much value as you can for your dollar, a used car is the way to go.

Get Your Vehicle Inspected With Carchex Today! But how can you make sure the used car you're looking at is a good, quality vehicle? The best way is to have the car inspected by a professional mechanic. They know what to look for and can alert you to problem areas before you've invested in a used car purchase.

It's not always easy, however, to find a good, quality mechanic that you can trust. And these days you might find yourself shopping on eBay and find a car clear across the country. How can you get a vehicle inspection done then?

Fortunately there are services that will provide you with a professional mechanic, trained in the area of vehicle inspections. These companies will send their mechanic to the car, and inspect it for you - whether you're there or not. They will examine the car closely and check a number of items including dents, paint, rust, wear, tire quality, interior, performance, and more. Some vehicle inspection companies even offer a guarantee if their efforts are not satisfactory in finding a major flaw or issue.

Not all vehicle inspection companies are the same, however. Differences exist in cost, quality, and range of service. Finding the best vehicle inspection company is important to giving you piece of mind before you spend thousands of dollars on your next car.

Some important factors to consider when looking at vehicle inspection companies include:

  • Coverage and reporting.  What aspects of the car will the vehicle inspector review? How will that information be communicated to you?
  • Cost.  How does the cost of the vehicle inspection service compare with others?
  • Reliability of the company.  Is the vehicle inspection company one you can trust, or is it a fly-by-night operation? How is it rated by the Better Business Bureau and other reporting agencies? has reviewed and ranked the best vehicle inspection companies available today. We hope this information helps you find the right car for your next purchase!

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Vehicle Inspection Reviews

5 stars
Carchex Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

CARCHEX offers three vehicle inspection packages available in all 50 states using ASE certified technicians. They maintain an outstanding, easy-to-use website and also sell top-rated extended warranty programs. They have a perfect score from the Better Business Bureau and earn our highest rating.
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4 stars
AIM Mobile Inspections


AiM Mobile Inspections performs vehicle inspections in all 50 states. They offer two types of packages and utilize state-of-the art technology which helps improve efficiency and lower costs.
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4 stars
Lemon Squad


Lemon Squad is new to the car inspection business but provides an affordable and effective service. Their three different levels of inspection help address the customers different needs. A good BBB rating and helpful customer service team push this company up our list of car inspection providers. Read More... Visit

3 stars
Automobile Inspections


Automobile Inspections performs inspections on vehicles located anywhere in the U.S and Canada. They specialize in Classic, Exotic and other Specialty-type cars. They also can assist in transportation of the vehicle and a value assessment - but expect to pay higher prices with this company. Read More... Visit

2.5 stars
Auto Nerds


Auto Nerds provides two basic inspection plans for vehicles throughout the United States. They promise a verbal report within 24 hours of the inspection and a written report, including photos of the vehicle, within 72 hours. No great bells or whistles at Auto Nerds. Read More... Visit

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Published:  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:05:00 GMT

Recalled cars create a costly problem for U.S. auto dealers

"Companies touting the comprehensiveness of their vehicle inspections need to be straight with consumers about safety-related recalls,"Ě Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. As in Honda's ...

Published:  Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:33:00 GMT

NDP have concerns about vehicle inspections after fatal crash on Highway 400

The New Democrats say they have concerns about vehicle inspections in the province following the death of a 69-year-old man. The man was killed when his S-U-V was crushed by a flying truck wheel on Highway 400 north of Toronto earlier this week ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:36:00 GMT

DES can help with OCONUS vehicle inspections

The DES, Physical Security Branch is here to assist and provide service to our Soldiers, Dependents and Department of Defense civilians returning from OCONUS. The PS inspectors have been trained by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and authorized to ...

Published:  Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:22:00 GMT

Expert in vehicle inspections York

Pressbox (Press Release) - There are many things that can go wrong with a car, but you have to take the right steps so you can get it back on the road. This is why you have to take a step back, weigh all the choices you can turn to and focus on the one ...

Published:  Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:00:00 GMT

Fake warrant issue "ėindustry wide', says offender

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn Pascoe said Burrell was employed at a city motor firm, doing motor vehicle inspections. From April 9 to June 4 he issued several warrants separately from the firm, saying all the vehicles were roadworthy. Sergeant Pascoe ...

Published:  Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:13:00 GMT

Lithia Motors settles with feds over online advertising

Medford-based Lithia Motors has reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in connection to the auto retailer's online pitches that promised rigorous vehicle inspections that allegedly didn't meet expectations. Lithia Motors does not ...

Published:  Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:37:00 GMT

Uber, Grab drivers need commercial insurance - gov't

On top of having commercial insurances as mentioned, periodic vehicle inspections by Puspakom is likely to be another requirement. No timeline has been provided as to when a final outcome on the matter would be tabled.

Published:  Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:22:00 GMT

GM sold used cars subject to recalls

"Companies touting the comprehensiveness of their vehicle inspections need to be straight with consumers about safety-related recalls, which can raise major safety concerns,"Ě said Jessica Rich, the head of the FTC's consumer protection unit ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:49:00 GMT

Wireless Roadside Inspection research project's final phase under way

FMCSA's Phase II analysis of WRI stated part the overall goal was to "increase commercial vehicle inspections and to potentially realize significant improvement in commercial vehicle safety without increasing the burden on enforcement or compliant ...

Published:  Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:45:00 GMT

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