Tips on Used Car Buying

Tips on Used Car Buying

So you think found a used vehicle to fit your needs…it has a fair price, looks and drives good, even passed a multi point safety inspection. Whether purchased from a used car lot, or private party – AS IS, NO WARRANTY – are generally the terms of the sale, and you are on your own, including any routine maintenance, repairs, and unexpected breakdowns.

In most cases when customers bring the vehicle to us for inspection after purchased, we find that needed repairs and routine maintenance were ignored, overlooked, and have not been completed by previous owners or used car lots. This adds unexpected expense to the actual purchase price to make it safe and reliable.

Most cars, trucks & SUV’s that are typically for sale out there have between 80,000 – 120,000 miles on them and this is when most of the major maintenance items and repairs are due. Often times this is the reason the vehicle is being sold – the owner has decided to purchase a new or newer vehicle because they do not want to spend the money on costly maintenance or repairs. Therefore, even if the vehicle you purchase is running “good” at the time you buy it, expensive maintenance and repairs could be just around the corner.

Yes we specialize in pre-purchase inspections. However, if you do not live in the area or are not purchasing the vehicle locally, it might not be possible to bring it to Peerzo’s Quality Repair & Installs in Spokane Washington. We feel it’s important for everybody to be armed with as much information as possible in order to get the best bang for their buck so here are some simple tips to help make an informed buying decision.
There are some simple items that get overlooked on many so called professional inspections that any person can perform a basic check in a matter of minutes.

Tip 1
Now let’s talk about, instrument cluster, or dash warning lights. Now we all know when a warning light is on that there is some type problem, but do we know that the light bulb works? If the light bulb is burnt out, that’s one thing, but if the system that turns on the light isn’t working properly, there can be unexpected safety issues, and repairs. There are six or more important dash warning lights for different vehicle systems. The details on color, location, and description vary from year, make, model and the details are best found in the vehicle owner’s manual that came with it. We will briefly describe the most common four.


Top Left : Check Engine, or service engine soon has to with Engine, Emissions, Transmission systems.
Top Right: Air Bag, also called IRS = Inflatable restraint system, protects you in accidents.
Bottom Left: ABS Anti-lock Brake System helps your vehicle come safer stop on slippery road conditions.
Bottom Right: Often refers to service reminder or  warning to check a digital display for more info.

Most people don’t know it but there is a simple procedure to check the vehicle warning lights. Simply turn the ignition switch to the on position without starting the engine, all warning lights should light up for a few seconds or stay on until the engine is started to indicate the bulbs work. Also in the sellers defense they may not be aware of something not working or this easy check procedure.  Make this one of your first checks before the test test drive, and why not check them out on your current vehicle. Have questions, feel free to contact our auto repair shop


  1. G. Rose Author January 22, 2013 (12:16 pm)

    Good info for everyone to take notice of. Best place to go.

  2. Susan C. Author February 6, 2013 (3:48 am)

    Great information! Thanks!

  3. Vanessa Author April 9, 2013 (5:28 am)

    These are all great tips on purchasing an used car. A lot of people do not know where to start when searching to buy a used car. If you follow the guidelines above, you will be able to smoothly operate through the buying process and end up with the car you always wanted.

  4. San Jose Auto Repair Author October 14, 2013 (7:09 pm)

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. Hope to see more post about this post. Please keep us posted.

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