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…

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…

Why It Is Crucial You Be Able to Speak With Your Vehicle Inspector

You know that saying “Straight from the horse’s mouth”?  It means from the highest authority. “In horse racing circles tips on which horse is a likely winner circulate amongst punters. The most trusted authorities are considered to be those in closest touch with the recent form of the horse, that is, stable lads, trainers etc. The notional ‘from the horse’s mouth’ is supposed to indicate one step better than even that inner circle, that is, the horse itself.” Source  Same thing goes for being able to speak directly with your vehicle inspector. Why it is important Having a vehicle inspected … 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…