Charlotte County Florida Weekly

Read this first if you are in the market for a used car



Shopping for a newer used car? If you’re considering one with close to or more than 50,000 miles on it, you are buying it at the point when most of the expensive services are about due. Plan enough wiggle room in your budget to be able to pay for those services and keep your new-to-you vehicle safe and reliable.

Due diligence is very important when inquiring about any used vehicle’s remaining federal warranties, transferable extended warranties, recalls, and campaigns. If this is Greek to you, call me and I will walk you through it. First off, demand a car fax. There are two different types of car faxes: One is an overview that’s free and pretty much useless; the other is a comprehensive report that costs about $40. And it’s $40 well spent. Understand that car faxes are not infallible, and only reported accidents or repairs will show up, but they are at least an indicator of the use/abuse of a vehicle.

You also must insist that the used vehicle you are looking to purchase be inspected by an independent shop of your choice. A quality inspection will take at least one to two hours and will cost you money. This is your report. You do not have to share it with anyone. When you call on me to do such an inspection, you can trust that I will not give copies to anyone except you, my client. I work for you. Most dealerships in this area have no issues with dropping off a vehicle for my inspection. If you are buying from a dealership or a private party and they do not allow you to do this, walk away.



Once again, I have to reiterate that finding things that need to be addressed before buying a vehicle is important. More important, however, is that you understand what preventive maintenance you will have to address during your first year of ownership so that you don’t find yourself behind the proverbial eight ball again.

Gregg’s Automotive Maintenance & Repair Center does not sell parts and labor; we provide safety and reliability, and we strive to keep your cost of ownership as low as possible.

Remember: Maintenance begins at mile .00001, and it’s the key to a long relationship with your vehicle. Lack of common sense where your car is concerned will always cost you dollars and cents. ¦

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