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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!


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. Read More... Visit

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

Eastside Technical Center students team with pros for annual clinic offering free vehicle inspections

Eastside Technical Center students will work alongside some of Lexington's top technicians at the 27th annual Bluegrass Car Care Clinic, which offers free vehicle inspections for FCPS staff, students, families, and the general public. The first-come ...

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:23:00 GMT

Uber, Hillsborough County work out temporary operating agreement

The temporary operating agreement would require extensive background checks, insurance and vehicle inspections for drivers. "The temporary operating agreement could be immediately rolled into a court settlement and it all shut down and move forward with ...

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:26:00 GMT

Uber comes to agreement on proposed new rules - but will the rest of the Hillsborough PTC follow suit?

vehicle inspections and 4) compliance with state and federal Americans with Disabilities Act provisions should be the minimum standard."Ě Tampa City Councilman Guido Maniscalco was the only member of the PTC besides Crist at the press conference.

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:45:00 GMT

Jury says man acted negligently in crash

He makes traffic stops on commercial vehicles and tractor-trailers, doing driver and vehicle inspections and looking for violations. He was called to the crash to do an inspection. He took photographs of the tractor-trailer. These photographs indicated ...

Published:  Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:35:00 GMT

Is Uber the next big thing that goes kaput? This guy thinks so.

The state public utilities commission created a new class of "transportation network companies"Ě (TNCs) which established some rules, including for auto insurance, vehicle inspections, criminal background checks and more. In addition, the new law ...

Published:  Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:00:00 GMT

CVTC to offer free vehicle inspections

Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will be offering free vehicle inspections Saturday, Oct. 8 to mark Fall Car Care Month ( , in partnership with Eau Claire Auto Parts. The vehicle inspections will be provided by members of the CVTC ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:26:00 GMT

End costly annual vehicle inspections

I am writing to express my concern with the high cost of vehicle inspection in Pennsylvania. It is just one of 12 states that still makes drivers get inspections. Christopher Moraff of reminds us that drivers in 25 counties in Pennsylvania ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:04:00 GMT

PTC chairman and Uber close to deal but approval from PTC board still doubtful

vehicle inspections and background checks they are bound by. Approval of a temporary operating agreement would also serve as a settlement in an ongoing legal battle now in the 2nd District Court of Appeal over whether the PTC has jurisdiction over ridesharing.

Published:  Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:41:00 GMT

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