Do I Need a Vehicle History Report With My Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection?

Have you noticed how many vehicle inspection companies “add value” to their inspection services by packaging them with vehicle history reports and diagnostic scans? There are many mobile vehicle inspection companies out in the market these days with “inspection packages” that often include up-sell options such as vehicle history reports and diagnostic scans… Are these good to have included in your inspection? Most certainly they are… Should you get up-charged for them? NO! Here at Test Drive Technologies our mobile auto inspection service automatically includes a OBD I and OBD II scan of the vehicle regardless of the check engine … Keep reading…

What Tires Tell Vehicle Inspector About How a Vehicle Has Been Maintained

There are several expert opinions regarding tires when buying or selling a vehicle. Some people believe that when selling a vehicle there is no point in spending the extra money on a new set of vehicle tires just to sell the vehicle. Others believe having a new set of vehicle tires adds value to the vehicle, which it does however, to vehicle inspectors it also adds a sense of curiosity. This week’s article is on what tires tell a vehicle inspector about how a vehicle has been maintained. First impressions last forever, especially a matter of 2 hours for a … Keep reading…

5 Reasons to Require a Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

Every year the used car market gets worse as far as quality and honesty.  Consumers are getting into auto loans with too high of payments. Consumers are buying vehicles that are not dependable and often the seller knows it beforehand. The cost of vehicle repair is at an all-time high as well and the majority of 10 year old vehicles have to go to the manufacture dealership for repair due to the technology. We are also seeing a huge spike in pre-owned vehicle prices but at the same time depreciation after the sale is enormous. If the previous mentioned reasons … Keep reading…

When a Seller Request the Findings Not Be Made Public

What would you think if a seller asked you to not share your vehicle inspection results? Test Drive Technologies has been in business since 2009 and we have inspected upwards of 1500 vehicles from coast to coast.  TDT is the only true independent and unbiased mobile vehicle inspection company providing used car, classic car, exotic car, motorhome and commercial vehicle inspections in St Louis, Mo. Over the last 7 years and 1500 inspections we have never been asked by a seller to not post our inspection photos and report on our website until most recently.  This made us stop and … Keep reading…

What is a Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection?

It’s almost certain that some point in your life you have purchased a used car, it might have even been your very first car when you were 16 that you were more than excited to get into. That same excitement happens even as an adult and often clouds our judgement.  Yes, I did say our because I have been guilty of it too. A Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection provides you with a layer of security, an opportunity so to speak to back out of a bad purchase before you sign the dotted line. A pre-purchase used car inspection is provided by … Keep reading…

The Official Red Flags of Pre-Owned Vehicle Buying

Buying a pre-owned vehicle is a tough task.  Knowing when to run can save you 1000’s in repair bills, loss of use and value.  We have researched and interviewed some of the most knowledgeable car people in the automotive industry and narrowed down a list of the 5 biggest red flags we call the “Official Red Flags” of pre-owned vehicle buying. Some of these may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many consumers get duped every year and talked out of these red flags. The vehicle is listed for sale but hasn’t been through the reconditioning process by … Keep reading…

Maintaining Credibility and Independence as a Vehicle Inspector

You may be wondering what in the heck is Steven talking about this time about Maintaining Credibility and Independence as a Vehicle Inspector. Credibility as a vehicle inspection company is everything.  Our clients must trust us to provide an unbiased and independent vehicle condition report back to them so they can make an informed purchase decision off the information we have provided.  There are many other vehicle inspection companies in our industry that have grayed these credibility and independence lines but still allude to their clients that they are providing an independent inspection.  While some of them may be upholding … Keep reading…

What is the Difference Between an Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector?

Auto Inspector vs RV InspectorYou may be wondering What is the Difference Between vs. Auto Inspector and a RV Inspector?  Well there is some grey lines that are often crossed with Auto Inspectors and Recreational Vehicle Inspectors which I am going to outline in this article for you…

One of the main differences in Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector is that RV Inspectors are often certified in many areas of vehicle repair or inspection while Auto Inspectors maybe more versed in automobiles vs. let’s say Motorhomes.  While the Auto Inspector may have a general understanding of what to look for in a RV they may not know how water will run down the roof rail, drip down the inside wall and rot out the floor all the while not showing any signs of roof leakage.  They also might not fully understand how the different house battery inverter power, generator power and shore power systems work.

From one vehicle to the next there can be a great difference in items to examine during a vehicle inspection.  For instances even though a Motorhome has a suspension and braking system, the larger coaches often have air brake and air ride suspension systems.  These systems have difference components and safety features built into them which require special HD truck training to properly test and inspect, there are also different minimum thresholds on the brake linings that require measuring and reported correctly in the inspection report.  The suspension systems are much larger in scale and have a few differences such as kingpins instead of balljoints as well as engine and transmission sit backwards which creates a unique driveline system which needs fully examined by a qualified technician certified in HD Trucks and Motorhomes.

This list could go on and on but the one important thing to know about What is the Difference Between an Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector is knowing the true ability and training of the inspector before hiring them to perform a Pre-Purchase Motorhome Inspection on your $250,000 coach.  The last thing you want to do is rely on an incompetent vehicle inspection report to make such a substantial purchase  decision.  Choose Test Drive Technologies if you are in need of a Certified and Qualified RV Inspector.