A pre-purchase evaluation is a detailed professional review of a car you may be interested in purchasing. Our pre-purchase inspections assess cosmetic, mechanical, functional, and safety features of the vehicle. Our qualified inspectors will evaluate the condition of a car before you purchase it, which can potentially save you thousands of dollars. The paint may be shiny, but it is essential to know what it is that you are buying underneath the car’s surface. Here are some items we look for in a pre-purchase evaluation:


Dependable Engine Performance

Is the timing belt tearing? Is there evidence of a leak? Buyers may not know what to look for when opening the hood of the car they’re thinking to purchase. Acquiring a Big Jim’s Automotive pre-purchase evaluation will avoid unnecessary engine repair services. Our assessment will assess if the engine is performing in peak condition.


Good Condition of the Brakes

Getting a proper pre-purchase inspection of a vehicle is essential for you and your family’s safety. Proper brakes are necessary for safe driving. Checking the brakes and brake fluid to ensure safety on the road is part of our comprehensive pre-purchase assessment. A brake evaluation will eliminate the possibility of an immediate costly repair or replacement after you purchase the vehicle.


Functional Air Conditioning or Climate Control

A component of our evaluation also includes inspecting the heating and cooling system in your automobile. As with all other parts, having this system checked will ensure it works correctly when you need it the most. We can look at the compressor, coolant levels, all hoses, vents, and controls. We recommend bringing your car in for an inspection before the summer or winter seasons when the temperatures are the most extreme.


Why Should You Get a Pre-Purchase Evaluation?

Once you drive a used car off the dealership lot, you may find that problems begin almost immediately. The issue, however, is whether the problems came with the car or if they developed after you owned it. A pre-purchase will give you an in-depth look at a car’s overall condition and driveability. You can then make an informed decision whether you want to purchase the car based on the facts. In essence, you may save yourself time and money, as well as the hassle of dealing with an automobile in poor condition.


Visit Big Jim’s Automotive to Evaluate Your Car

If you are looking for a pre-purchase evaluation for your vehicle, contact Big Jim’s Automotive today. We provide a wide range of auto services including complete repairs, full part replacements, and ongoing vehicle maintenance. Our services extend to personal and commercial vehicle owners in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the surrounding area. To schedule service, call us at 319-261-0999, or you can message us on our contact page.