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…

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…

Why You Should Absolutely Have Your Collector Car Appraised Before Storage or Consignment

Many car collectors and classic car owners store their vehicles at consignment dealers across the nation when they are trying to sell them or store them.  Recently the Midwest lost 100’s of old classic cars and antique vehicles to a very large fire at Staunton’s Country Classic Cars. Local media reports state that a large metal building attached to the workshop was destroyed by a large explosion and fire.  This fire consumed many classic, collector and antique automobiles. Most of these vehicles were stored on consignment with Country Classic Cars who sells classic and collector cars on consignment as well … Keep reading…

Veteran Owned Business Award - Small Business Weekly - 2017 - Test Drive Technologies

Test Drive Technologies Named Veteran Owned Business of 2017

Test Drive Technologies receives Veteran Owned Business Award of 2017 by Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois Fairview Heights, Illinois: A veteran owned vehicle inspection company based in St Rose Illinois, Test Drive Technologies (TDT) was recently awarded the Veteran Owned Small Business Award from the Small Business Week of Southwestern Illinois. Test Drive Technologies continued success in the vehicle inspection services business stems from outstanding customer service and open communication with clients. TDT continues to hold a 5 Star rating in Yelp, A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a 4.7 Star rating on Google.  “We strive very … 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…

How to Spot a Scam and Fraud on Craigslist

Craigslist and other classified sites are becoming filled with more and more fraud everyday.  Here is how you can spot a scam or fraud on Craigslist or any other classified site. Not too long ago we had a client email us from Australia looking to purchase a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda in the St Louis area at Scott Air Force Base. This poor chap from Australia asked if we could inspect a vehicle inside Scott Air Force Base but said the vehicle was in some sort of logistics storage on base. Being prior military myself I know the base pretty well … 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…