Most Common Items to Check Before Purchasing a Muscle Car

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…

TDT Heads to Branson to Inspect Ducks

Yes.  You read that right. We recently made a trip to Branson, Mo to inspect the DUKW vehicles at the Ride The Ducks attraction as part of an initiative to ensure they are up to Federal and Missouri Department of Transportation standards.  We made some interesting discoveries during our visit and was able to help point out a few areas that may be of concern but overall the DUKW’s or Ducks as they are referred to are in good shape and road worthy. Our trip was fun, hard work and rewarding as well as educational.  The group of builders and … Keep reading…

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

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…

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

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…

Test Drive Technologies Named Veteran Owned Business of 2017

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…

Coming Soon! New Vehicle Inspection Report Templates

Here at Test Drive Technologies we are always looking to serve our future, present and past customers even better than we did yesterday.  With that said, we are excited to be creating new, easier to understand and more informative vehicle inspection report checklist. Right off the bat we are going to show you the basic vehicle information, a quick look identifying the vehicle and how your vehicle scored during our inspection process.  We now use a scoring method of 1-6.  Scoring a “1” is amazing and hasn’t ever seen dirt and is mostly likely a collector piece.  Scoring a “6” means … 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 Major Items to Look for in the Chassis 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 chassis when buying a motorhome, camper or RV. Making an investment in a motorhome, camper or RV is making an investment in FUN… That investment should continue to bring you FUN while you own it and not bring you heartache and headaches. 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 … Keep reading…