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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

Automobile association jumps on calls for mandatory vehicle inspections

The Automobile Dealers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador says it's seeing examples everyday of defective vehicles that are dangerous on the roads. The association is reacting to recent interviews regarding mandatory vehicle inspections, and is ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:33:00 GMT

NIC Earns 19 Cents Per Share In First Quarter 2016; Company Reports Record Quarterly Revenues And Operating Income

Same-state, transaction-based revenues from Interactive Government Services (IGS) rose 16 percent over the first quarter of 2015, due primarily to higher volumes from a variety of services, including motor vehicle inspections and registrations, tax filings ...

Published:  Mon, 02 May 2016 13:06:00 GMT

Mayor John Tory moves number of amendments as Toronto Council debates new ride-sharing and taxi rules

"One was insurance. Now this is going to be equivalent to the taxi industry. Two was vehicle inspections. We're all going to end up at the same place having those done. Three the driver background checks which will have to be done to our satisfaction.

Published:  Tue, 03 May 2016 14:36:00 GMT

Law enforcement statistics released

Patrol officers issued 459 traffic tickets and 127 warnings, including 16 for seat-belt violations. The officers assisted 34 motorists and performed 40 commercial vehicle inspections.

Published:  Thu, 05 May 2016 08:47:00 GMT

Ford Is Recalling 280,000 Vehicles

Ford said the problem lied in the software installed in its speed sensor, and the recall will involve an update and vehicle inspections. The company said there were so far three reports of related accidents that it was aware of, and and no injuries have ...

Published:  Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:35:00 GMT

Cabbies pledge to campaign against Mayor Bonnie Crombie after she supports UberX

Public policy manager for UberX, Chris Schafer, said the company is happy to comply with certain regulations, including vehicle inspections and background checks, so long as they're applied in "a smart way"Ě that recognizes innovation in ride-sharing.

Published:  Wed, 04 May 2016 14:34:00 GMT

Uber X accused by Government of bluffing on threats not to operate in South Australia

It said red tape that included vehicle inspections every six months were also impediments. Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan said the start-up costs were just over $600, which was not that much more expensive than other states. "This is Uber just trying ...

Published:  Wed, 04 May 2016 21:45:00 GMT

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