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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

Border Patrol confiscates $300K of heroin, meth in weekend bust

EAGLE PASS, Texas - A weekend of routine vehicle inspections at a West Texas port of entry resulted in the seizure of more than 14 lbs. of narcotics, including heroin and crystal methamphetamine. On Jan. 20, 2017, officers with U.S. Customs and Border ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:12:00 GMT

Why Don't All States Have Vehicle Inspections?

If you drive an older car or haven't kept up with your maintenance, a vehicle inspection can be an expensive proposition. In many states, you can't renew your car's registration or legally drive it in the state if it doesn't pass its inspection.

Published:  Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:24:00 GMT

Former MSP trooper pleads guilty to pocketing more than $170,000 in fees

LANSING, Mich. - A former Michigan State Police trooper pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges in connection with stealing more than $170,000 in improper salvage vehicle inspections. Seth Sawnson, 21, of Royal Oak, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement by ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:08:00 GMT

NEW LAW: NY Vehicle Inspections Now Check Window Tinting

New York's law on window tinting has not changed but the Department of Motor Vehicles is making sure it is being followed. Since January, window tinting testing is part of the annual motor vehicle inspection. The DMV said the new law was put into place to ...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:22:00 GMT

Lyft vehicle inspection information

Hello, I would like to know is Lyft vehicle inspections similar to uber? I just signed up with Lyft and the only thing I need to do is get my car inspected, Any info. On Lyft vehicle Inspections would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.

Published:  Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:52:00 GMT

1/138th soldiers prepare to deploy

Their training included unarmed self-defense, the rules of engagement, anti-terrorism measures, interpersonal communication and vehicle inspections. The three-day course, Averett and his team provided was tailored so soldiers in attendance can return to ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:40:00 GMT

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