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…

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…

Top 5 Questions to Ask a Seller Before Having a Vehicle Inspected

Here are the top 5 questions to ask a seller prior to having a vehicle inspected by an independent 3rd party vehicle inspector. Here at TDT get some very common questions so we thought we would throw this quick list of questions out there for vehicle buyers to ask a seller prior to having a vehicle inspected…  Print it and keep it next to your computer when you are shopping online for quick reference.  Don’t get duped into the emotional vehicle purchase. Before you start throwing stones at me through your screen please understand that we have been in this business for a long time … 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…

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…

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…