How do I choose an inspector for a used car I'd like to buy?
February 18, 2014 9:11 AM Subscribe
I'm looking to buy a car in southwest michigan. I trust "my" mechanic in my town, but there's few cars here. Other towns, eg Grand Rapids and Lansing, have great cars, but I don't know any mechanics in those towns. By what logical process should I choose a mechanic to take potential cars to?
posted by rebent to Shopping (10 answers total)
I'm looking at a 2008 Honda Civic. Should I take it to a dealer? I'm worried that the dealer will be biased, either in over- or under-estimating how much needs work and how much it costs(either to sucker in a customer, or prevent loosing a customer).
I'm also nervous about taking the car to the shop that the car is always taken to, next door to the owner's dad's house, because there might be a previous relationship.
I'm also nervous about taking it to just any shop, because what if they don't know about hondas as much as they should?
I think that probably one or two of my concerns are baseless. And there's always a level of uncertainty when buying a used car.
Please point out what are real concerns and what are silly fears, and tell me what I should do to get this car inspected!