Road Side Emergencies Safety – Test Drive Tip

The one thing that they don’t cover enough in driver’s education is Road Side Emergencies Safety issues.  Carrying a simple cheap $3 jack stand to slide under the frame of your vehicle while your changing our a tire can really make a road side emergency much safer… Pick a pair up at your local auto parts store and keep them in your trunk or cargo area of your vehicle.  Today’s cars are very weight sensitive when it comes to balance and when the vehicle is lifted using the small scissor jack it becomes very unstable which can lead to a … Keep reading…

Top 6 Ways to Reduce Buying a Frozen Lemon in the Winter – Winter Vehicle Buying Tips

Here are a few tips about buying a vehicle in the winter that may seem obvious but a lot of people overlook them because of the excitement factor. The timeframe from Thanksgiving to New Year’s (really even Valentine’s Day) is very slow for car and RV dealerships.  This makes it a perfect time for you to shop and likely purchase a vehicle from them as they will be much more willing to negotiate a good price.  Just make sure you do your due diligence and have that vehicle inspected before you buy it!  Make sure the vehicle you are looking … 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…

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…

What is a Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection?

It’s almost certain that some point in your life you have purchased a used car, it might have even been your very first car when you were 16 that you were more than excited to get into. That same excitement happens even as an adult and often clouds our judgement.  Yes, I did say our because I have been guilty of it too. A Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspection provides you with a layer of security, an opportunity so to speak to back out of a bad purchase before you sign the dotted line. A pre-purchase used car inspection is provided by … Keep reading…

What is the Difference Between an Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector?

Auto Inspector vs RV InspectorYou may be wondering What is the Difference Between vs. Auto Inspector and a RV Inspector?  Well there is some grey lines that are often crossed with Auto Inspectors and Recreational Vehicle Inspectors which I am going to outline in this article for you…

One of the main differences in Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector is that RV Inspectors are often certified in many areas of vehicle repair or inspection while Auto Inspectors maybe more versed in automobiles vs. let’s say Motorhomes.  While the Auto Inspector may have a general understanding of what to look for in a RV they may not know how water will run down the roof rail, drip down the inside wall and rot out the floor all the while not showing any signs of roof leakage.  They also might not fully understand how the different house battery inverter power, generator power and shore power systems work.

From one vehicle to the next there can be a great difference in items to examine during a vehicle inspection.  For instances even though a Motorhome has a suspension and braking system, the larger coaches often have air brake and air ride suspension systems.  These systems have difference components and safety features built into them which require special HD truck training to properly test and inspect, there are also different minimum thresholds on the brake linings that require measuring and reported correctly in the inspection report.  The suspension systems are much larger in scale and have a few differences such as kingpins instead of balljoints as well as engine and transmission sit backwards which creates a unique driveline system which needs fully examined by a qualified technician certified in HD Trucks and Motorhomes.

This list could go on and on but the one important thing to know about What is the Difference Between an Auto Inspector vs RV Inspector is knowing the true ability and training of the inspector before hiring them to perform a Pre-Purchase Motorhome Inspection on your $250,000 coach.  The last thing you want to do is rely on an incompetent vehicle inspection report to make such a substantial purchase  decision.  Choose Test Drive Technologies if you are in need of a Certified and Qualified RV Inspector.

Torquing Down Your Lug Nuts – Test Drive Tip

If you like to work on your own vehicle’s brakes etc, its best practice to ensure you are properly torquing down your lug nuts once you have installed them… Too loose and your wheel could come off at high speeds and too tight you could warp your hub assemblies… Safety should always be upmost when working on any vehicle… Be sure to check the vehicle manufacture to see what the proper torque should be if you are not sure.