Winter Car Buying – Great Deal or Is It?

Winter is all around us, well some of us anyhow, and that means the car sales have begun for both new car sales and used car sales.  This also means dealers are liquidating their 2017 inventory so they can make room on the lot for the new 2018 inventory rolling in.  This means you can get big savings on many brand new and slightly used 2017 models.  Here are a few quick things to watch out for. Watch out for the “new car with some miles on it”.   This is likely a demo car.  Yes, it is likely a new … Keep reading…

What Adds Value to a Classic Car or Collector Car?

Why I wrote this article about classic cars So, I get this question a lot from clients when they are about to purchase a classic car or collector car and we are going through their valuation. “What adds value to a classic or collector car?”  I figured it would be a great to share my wisdom and advice on the topic. Value adds value.  Yep, that’s right.  Value is taking in many forms. Monetary doesn’t always mean value.  Value can also be defined as craftsmanship, quality, and creativity. First impressions of a collector car A quality paint job goes a … Keep reading…

Most Common Items to Check Before Purchasing a Muscle Car

Over the last 25 years of inspecting, repairing, banging out dents, repainting and appraising vehicles I have finally put together a list of the most common things to check before purchasing a muscle car. Having grown up pounding out dents, smoothing out body lines and sanding out runs in muscle cars I feel I know a few things that I would like to pass along to you my fellow muscle car enthusiast. Here it goes. The body isn’t all that important however it makes it does feel a lot better to have a beautiful machine sitting in your garage as … Keep reading…

Used Car Inspection Discounts for Back-to-School College Students and New Drivers

Steven Paul Our Owner Just Authorized a 25% Discount on Back-to-School Pre-Purchase & New Driver Used Car Inspections – Use Coupon Code B2S25 to take 25% off your used car inspection for your college student or new driver used car inspection Yep it’s that time of year again where us parents get our house back for a few hours in the day but our fun summer comes to a crawl as school is back in session.  Students are headed back to college and that means they are leaving home in their aging and higher mileage cars back to their dorms … Keep reading…

Post Delivery Used Car Inspections for Carvana Online Car Purchases

Post Delivery Used Car Inspections for Online Car Dealer Purchase and Delivery Services Are you considering or have you already purchased a used car or vehicle through the new car buying process of Carvana and many others?  We think it is a pretty interesting idea on buying and trading vehicles. Taking out the expensive and high pressure middleman at the auto dealer is a great idea however it does have some downfalls of course.  Here are some reviews that we have found useful from BrightReviews.com. One of the downfalls we see is not being able to “kick the tires” or … Keep reading…

1970 Pontiac GTO Convertible Pre-Purchase Classic Car Inspection - Inner Fender

How a Classic Car Dream Almost Became a Nightmare for a Buyer

If there was ever a reason to hire a professional and certified vehicle inspector before purchasing any type of used car or classic car as an investment this is one of them.  We helped save this guy $25,000 in a Bondo-filled, patched up and unprofessionally repaired car that needs a full frame off restoration the story of my journey with this car is below. The Vehicle Inspection Backstory: (My wife would be proud that I got the backstory on this vehicle) Recently we were contacted to provide a pre-purchase classic car inspection on a 1970 Pontiac GTO with 118,600 miles … Keep reading…

What Major Items to Look for in the House When Buying a Motorhome, Camper or RV

To help you along in your search we put together this list of major items to look for in the house when buying a motorhome, camper or RV. Before we get to carried away in our list here is a couple basic terms which you might or might not know already.  If you have just started your search for a motorhome or RV you might have heard these two terms already; Chassis and House.  The term Chassis refers to the structure and mechanical aspect of your motorhome while the House refers to the creature comforts and living conditions of the … Keep reading…

What Is A Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection?

It is a home inspection for your future set of wheels! I am sure you’ve heard of a home inspection or house inspection that happens prior to purchasing a new house or commercial building to ensure it doesn’t have hidden issues.  A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is the same thing just on a car or truck before you buy it! Here is the problem with us consumers! Many of us consumers, (Yes I said US) get emotionally attached and rightfully excited when we go to purchase a used car or truck.  That excitement comes from many of places such as the … Keep reading…

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vehicle Inspector or Appraiser

Be sure to ask your vehicle inspector or appraiser these questions before you hire them for your inspection or appraisal needs. Check for credentials – Ask them about what certifications they may have such as ASE, ICAR, and Appraisal Certification.  They should readily be able to answer this question about themselves and also provide you with an certificate.  At TDT your vehicle will be inspected and appraised by Steven Paul the owner of Test Drive Technologies. He has over 20 years of repair and vehicle inspection experience in both the automotive and HD equipment industries as well as past ASE … Keep reading…

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017!

2017 has arrived at we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our customers, business partners and family for trusting Test Drive Technologies in their vehicle inspection and appraisal needs. We strive extremely hard to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations here at Test Drive Technologies and that often means driving 200 – 300 miles from our office to inspect or appraise a vehicle because we are the trusted resource for accurate vehicle inspections.  This past year we have driven over 28,000 miles, performed over 250 vehicle inspections and appraisals, performed over 20 expert witness vehicle inspections, testified … Keep reading…