Getting a Vehicle Inspected With a Pre-Purchase Basic Vehicle Inspection

Let’s face it…  We know there are tons of companies you can choose to get your vehicle inspected prior to purchase and they all have their own spin on why you should get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection… Look… If you don’t like our pricing on our services we understand that… But for the sake of your wallet PLEASE get you vehicle inspected before you buy it.. Here’s why: People’s lives are at stake every time a vehicle is driven on the roadway…  We strive to do our part to ensure the day you purchase a vehicle that it is safe… … Keep reading…

How To Tell If Your Auto Inspector Is Really Independent

There’s a lot of “independent auto inspectors” out there. Unfortunately some of them are not so “independent” as they have ties with car dealers, insurance companies and finance companies. The first big red flag would be any links to car dealers on the auto inspectors website or they “refer” you to a dealership to look for a car. Another red flag would be if the auto inspector has any listings for selling cars. There have been many reported cases where some appraisers and inspectors find a good deal when they are supposed to be working for you and buy it … Keep reading…

Top 6 Ways to Reduce Buying a Frozen Lemon in the Winter – Winter Vehicle Buying Tips

Here are a few tips about buying a vehicle in the winter that may seem obvious but a lot of people overlook them because of the excitement factor. The timeframe from Thanksgiving to New Year’s (really even Valentine’s Day) is very slow for car and RV dealerships.  This makes it a perfect time for you to shop and likely purchase a vehicle from them as they will be much more willing to negotiate a good price.  Just make sure you do your due diligence and have that vehicle inspected before you buy it!  Make sure the vehicle you are looking … Keep reading…

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vehicle Appraiser

Making sure your vehicle appraiser knows your vehicle type, is certified under USPAP standards and can provide the correct type of vehicle appraisal you need is key to getting what you need. Here are some questions to ask before hiring a vehicle appraisal to make sure you choose the right one. So you have found that vehicle that you have been hunting for, it fits your budget, it looks like a solid vehicle right?  Great!  Now the real question is… How much is it really worth. If you are financing a classic car or antique vehicle or even a motorhome … Keep reading…

Test Drive Technologies Announces a Shift Into the Vehicle Appraisal Market

The team here at Test Drive Technologies is very excited to move into the vehicle appraisal business.  For over the past 6 years we have worked very hard at inspecting vehicles for our clients and many of those clients have asked us about valuing their vehicles.  Today we are happy to announce we will be answering those same questions with “YES WE CAN”.    As of June 1st 2016 Test Drive Technologies has become a Certified Vehicle Appraisal Company by the The American Society of Certified Auto Appraisers and following The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  Much like doctors and lawyers must follow … Keep reading…

How to Spot a Flood Vehicle Quickly

Hurricane Mathew’s Flood Damage Vehicles Begin to Hit the Used Vehicle Market 1000’s of vehicles were subject to the major flood surges caused by the 2016 Atlantic Coast Hurricane Mathew in October. Many of these flood damaged vehicles are already hitting the auto auction markets and in return coming back to the U.S. Used Car Market. The BBB is warning all consumers of automobiles, recreational vehicles and commercial trucks to be on the lookout for prior flood damage when purchasing a pre-own vehicle. Many of the times vehicle history reports do not report on flood damaged vehicles right away due … Keep reading…

Reason #13 for Getting a Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection by Test Drive Technologies

As consumers we rely on vehicle manufactures to make safe and reliable vehicles for us to drive, many of us purchase certain models and trim packages because of these safety features such as side curtain air bags, anti-lock brakes and accident avoidance.  A recent inspection of a 2012 Toyota Prius Hybrid at a dealership has prompted a new reason for getting a pre-purchase used car inspection before you buy your next used car. The window sticker in this 2012 Toyota Prius Hybrid showed this car was suppose to be equipped with the Toyota Advance Technology Package or “ATP” for short.  This … Keep reading…

Why Mandatory State Inspections Make Roads Unsafe

Mandatory state inspections make roads unsafe because they set a “minimum” safety standard which isn’t realistically “safe”. I realize that this blog article might stir up some troubles but I think it is fair that people stop and think about a few things when they go to get their vehicle “safety inspected”.   Here are a few points to ponder when you go to purchase a vehicle that has been “safety inspected”. “In Missouri inspection stations may charge a fee of up to $12.00 for passenger vehicles and trucks, and $10.00 for motorcycles (Source: mshp.dps.missouri.gov).” What you should ponder about this … Keep reading…

Hail to the Hail – Let the St Louis Hail Damage Sales Begin

Hopefully your vehicle was not injured in the most recent St Louis Hail Storms or more affectionately the “Hail Storms of 2016”.  Sadly there is likely more storms to come. Oh that time of year is now upon us when vehicles have been plummeted by Mother Nature herself because she doesn’t like the smell of exhaust fumes.  Our mobile inspection unit has about $2500 worth of hood and roof damage which we are saddened by however we are fully covered for hail as well.   With all the hailing in St Louis over the past month or so there is no … Keep reading…