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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What Tires Tell Vehicle Inspector About How a Vehicle Has Been Maintained

There are several expert opinions regarding tires when buying or selling a vehicle. Some people believe that when selling a vehicle there is no point in spending the extra money on a new set of vehicle tires just to sell the vehicle. Others believe having a new set of vehicle tires adds value to the vehicle, which it does however, to vehicle inspectors it also adds a sense of curiosity. This week’s article is on what tires tell a vehicle inspector about how a vehicle has been maintained. First impressions last forever, especially a matter of 2 hours for a … Keep reading…

When a Seller Request the Findings Not Be Made Public

What would you think if a seller asked you to not share your vehicle inspection results? Test Drive Technologies has been in business since 2009 and we have inspected upwards of 1500 vehicles from coast to coast.  TDT is the only true independent and unbiased mobile vehicle inspection company providing used car, classic car, exotic car, motorhome and commercial vehicle inspections in St Louis, Mo. Over the last 7 years and 1500 inspections we have never been asked by a seller to not post our inspection photos and report on our website until most recently.  This made us stop and … 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…