Buying a Used Car? Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection

AAMCO Colorado Transmission and Automotive Repair

Pre Purchase Inspection: 5 Steps to follow when making a used car purchase. Don’t get a lemon!

Here at AAMCO Colorado we understand the headaches that can be involved when finding the right used car. Don’t make the mistake of rushing into a deal with a shady character. It’s better to pay for an inspection now, than to spend thousands of dollars later. If you follow these steps, you will be better informed and able to make sure you get a safe and dependable car.

1.) Do Your Researchimage - information jumble with word RESEARCH in red.

Before setting appointments with car owners or dealerships, research vehicle safety reports online for the different makes and models you are interested in. Both Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds publish owner surveys and reviews and are good sources for finding out about troublesome vehicles. Before you ever go shopping, on the lot or online, decide what type of vehicle you want and what models you will look at.

2.) Check Recalls and Known Defects Records

Check all four of the federal government’s databases (http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov) for recalls, service bulletins, safety investigations and owner complaints on the make and model of the vehicle you are interested in. Service bulletins are notices that the manufacturer sends out to their dealerships to warn them about problems that have been discovered in vehicles and how to fix them. The only way to know if your vehicle was repaired for the problem already is to check with your local dealer’s service department and get a vehicle repair history from them.

Carfax Banner3.) Get an Online Vehicle History Report

If you know the vehicle’s VIN number, you can get a report online that will tell you what state the vehicle resided, if it has been titled with a salvage or flood title. CarFax and AutoCheck are two web sites that gather data from insurance companies (including accident records) and public title department records. They will give you a printout that describes most, if not all, of the vehicle’s history, at low cost. Every vehicle’s VIN number is located either on the door jamb or in the windshield area of the dash on the driver side.

4.) Ask the Seller

Find out everything you can about the car. Ask the current owner for any repair records they may have. If the current owner doesn’t have any records, this could be a red flag that the car has been poorly maintained. You would definitely want an AAMCO pre-purchase inspection, if you decide to risk the purchase at all.

5.) Get an AAMCO Pre-Purchase Inspection

The Benefits of Receiving an AAMCO Colorado Used Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection Include:

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• Protecting yourself from buying a used vehicle that may need costly repairs

• Ensuring the used vehicle is safe to drive

• Paying the right price for your used vehicle

• Knowing the vehicle won’t break down in the near future

• Verification of the equipment and options on a vehicle

There are a few major problems that can be spotted by receiving a motor vehicle inspection. Frame damage can indicate a vehicle has been in an accident. A damaged frame makes the vehicle significantly less safe in a future accident and can dramatically affect a vehicle’s performance and longevity. Repair work that had been performed previously may have been improperly done which can affect many things on a vehicle. Even things you may not consider such as flood damage can be spotted by a trained vehicle inspection expert. Even things you may not consider such as flood damage can be spotted by a trained vehicle inspection expert.

At AAMCO Colorado, these potential problems can be avoided by getting your pre-purchase inspection with one of our expert mechanics. AAMCO Colorado Inspection Services Include:

Vehicle Performance Multi-Point Inspection

Is the car road-worthy? You might have gotten it to the shop for an inspection, but will it leave you stranded in a few weeks or months after you buy it? Pay attention to the car as you drive it to the mechanic – performance, sounds, vibrations can all speak volumes about the car’s condition and help the mechanic find any trouble spots.

• Transmission & Clutch

• Engine PerformanceENGINE-AAMCO

• Brakes

• Steering

• Shock Absorbers

• Heater & Air Conditioning

• Instruments & Controls

• Headlights & Foglights

• Brake & Back-up Lights

• Interior & Warning Lights

• Turn Signals & Flashers

Under Hood Multi-Point Inspection

Checking under the hood is an important part of the pre-purchase inspection. It helps identify real mechanical issues that could cost you a lot of money if you were to buy the car. From fluid levels to cooling system, you’ll know what’s right and wrong in the engine compartment.

• Fluid Level & Condition

• Drive Beltimage - transmission fluid draining from pan under car on lift

• Battery

• Starter

• Charging System & Alternator

• Idle Speed

• Engine

• Intake System

• Fuel Delivery System

• Ignition System

• Computer Systems

• Cooling System

Under Car Multi-Point Inspection

An AAMCO Colorado mechanic will visually inspect the underside of the car to make sure everything looks in good working order and spot any potential issues that could cause trouble either short term or long term.

• Steering & Front Suspension

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• Rear Suspension

• Engine Mounts

• Transmission Mounts

• Engine Seals

• Transmission Seals

• Clutch & Transmission Linkage

• Driveshaft

• U-Joints

• Drive Axles

• CV Joints

• Exhaust System

• Rear Axle

A Pre-Purchase Inspection could save you thousands in repairs & hardships. At AAMCO we want you to feel confident in your purchase of a safe, reliable used car.

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Find Your Locally Owned & Operated AAMCO Colorado Auto Repair Center

 
AAMCO Colorado Springs

432 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. | Colorado Springs, CO, 80907

Call: (719) 599-8843
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Serving Colorado Springs, Manitou, Fort Carson & surrounding areas.

At AAMCO Colorado Springs transmission center we specialize in transmissions, but we can handle all your car repair and maintenance needs. From tune ups and factory recommended maintenance, to oil changes, brakes, exhaust system and muffler repairs, shocks and struts, radiators, cooling systems, and air conditioning, we’ll keep your car in top operating condition. Your vehicle will receive total car care and transmission repair by knowledgeable, well-trained, expert technicians.

Honda Acura Expert
AAMCO Colorado Springs has in-house experience in Honda Acura transmissions and repairs. Our expert can help you with any issues you have, from Civic to Pilot, ILX to MDX, Integra to Legend. Call or make an appointment today with our expert Honda Acura service technician.

AAMCO Brighton

10500 Havana Ct. Unit A | Brighton, CO, 80601

Call: (303) 287-5181
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

When you bring your car to AAMCO of Brighton, Colorado you'll see firsthand how much we care about giving you the best service possible for all your transmission and auto repair needs. We offer a full range of automotive maintenance and repair services, including transmission rebuilds, oil and filter changes, air conditioning repair, engine cooling system and radiator service, brake repairs and service, fluid service, suspensions, tune-ups, exhaust systems, and more.

AAMCO Aurora (Hampden & Tower)

18355-A E. Girard Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80013

Call: (303) 400-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 5:30pm

At AAMCO of Aurora, Colorado transmissions and car care center (located on E. Girard Ave, at Hampden and Tower Rd.) we care about your vehicle as much as you do. We specialize in affordable transmission rebuilds and replacements, but we also provide complete auto repair and maintenance services such as oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services, brakes, shocks and struts, exhaust systems and much more.

AAMCO Aurora, E Colfax Ave

14871 E Colfax Avenue | Aurora, CO, 80011

Call: (303) 366-4842
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm

As your local, independent AAMCO dealer, we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and high-quality auto repair. Come in to your neighborhood Aurora, Colorado AAMCO Center today for affordable, reliable auto repair and maintenance.

AAMCO Arvada

6437 Miller Street | Arvada, Colorado, 80004

Call: (303) 431-1991
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 5:30pm,
Sat: 8:00am to 12:00pm
Also Serving: Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Idaho Springs, and Georgetown.

At AAMCO transmission and auto repair of Arvada, Colorado we know what it takes to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Let us provide you with the best transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and much, much more.

AAMCO Littleton

10168 W. Chatfield Ave. | Littleton, CO, 80127

Call: (303) 933-1535
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

At AAMCO Transmissions of Littleton, Colorado, our mission is to provide the best customer service and auto repair in Littleton. We provide total car care – from oil and filter change, cooling and radiator repairs, to brake service, struts and shocks, exhaust systems, and more. Your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Littleton, Colorado transmission center is your one-stop shop for transmission repairs and auto maintenance and repairs.

AAMCO Pueblo

1910 W US Hwy 50 | Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

Call: (719) 345-1214
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sat: 8:00am – 3:00pm

Visit your local AAMCO of Pueblo, Colorado and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service. Our mission is to provide you with the best local transmission repair and service, oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, car tune-up service, and any other auto repair needs you have.

As your family owned and operated Pueblo AAMCO dealer, we promise that your experience with us will be one you want to repeat. Come visit our mechanics at your neighborhood Pueblo, Colorado AAMCO Center today for all your transmission and auto repair needs.

AAMCO Northglenn

11450 Huron Street | Northglenn, Colorado, 80234

Call: (303) 451-5400
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Dupont, Westminster, Welby, and Henderson.

When you need affordable, expert auto repair, visit your local AAMCO of Northglenn, Colorado. We work hard to set the standards in tranmission repair, rebuilds, and auto repair by offering you superior service, technology, and expertise at a price you can afford. From oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator services to brake repairs, fluid services, struts and shock repairs, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Northglenn AAMCO transmissions and total car care center is your one-stop shop.

AAMCO Longmont

1611 Vista View Dr | Longmont, Colorado, 80504

Call: (303) 651-0443
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm

When you visit your locally owned and operated AAMCO of Longmont, Colorado, you’ll see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service and superior auto repair.

With high-quality service in areas like transmission repair and auto maintenance, we are your #1 shop for oil and filter changes, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, and tune-ups, and more. We offer the fast, reliable maintenance you need at an affordable price.

AAMCO Greeley

2445 West 29th St. | Greeley, Colorado, 80631

Call: (970) 330-4858
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm
Saturdays: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Also serving: Loveland, Windsor, Evans, Fort Morgan, and Johnstown.

At AAMCO of Greeley, Colorado you can expect the best quality service for Greeley transmission repair, Greeley oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, Greeley brake repair and service, fluid service, strut and shock repair, Greeley car tune-up service, and all your other Greeley auto repair needs. Come visit a Greeley mechanic at your neighborhood Greeley AAMCO Center today and see why we stake our reputation on our award-winning customer service.

AAMCO Lakewood

8808 W Colfax Avenue | Lakewood, Colorado, 80215

Call: (303) 234-1263
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Golden, Evergreen, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, and Edgewater.

At AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado, we work hard to provide you with the best transmission repair and auto maintenance services around. From oil and filter change, cooling and radiator service, brake repair and service, to fluid service, strut and shock repair, tune-ups and more, your locally owned and operated Lakewood AAMCO center is your one-stop shop for auto repair and maintenance.

Whether you need exceptional auto repair or just want to talk with a mechanic, your local, independent AAMCO of Lakewood, Colorado dealer can help. Come in to your neighborhood Lakewood AAMCO Center today for affordable, friendly, and reliable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Fort Collins

3737 S. Mason Street | Ft. Collins, Colorado, 80525

Call: (970) 226-4477
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Also Serving: Loveland, Estes Park, Windsor, Wellington, and Laramie.

As your local, independent AAMCO Fort Collins, Colorado transmission repair dealer, we promise you’ll find the help you need and a local Fort Collins auto repair experience you’ll want to repeat. Come in to your neighborhood Ft. Collins AAMCO Transmission Center today to visit an expert mechanic for honest and affordable auto repair and maintenance services.

AAMCO Denver

187 W. Alameda Ave. | Denver, CO, 80223

Call: (303) 462-2626
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8am – 5pm, Sat: 9:30am – 1pm
Also Serving: Edgewater, LoDo, Cherry Creek, Glendale, Park Hill, & Stapleton.

At AAMCO Denver Transmission Shop we take the difficulty and hassle out of your Transmission Repair. We have a simple mission: provide the highest quality transmission repair, rebuilds and customer service in the Denver metro area. When you visit your local AAMCO center in Denver, Colorado you can be sure your auto repair is in the hands of experienced, well-trained auto mechanics. AAMCO Denver also serves the greater metro area, including Glendale, Cherry Creek, Park Hill, and Englewood.

Foreign Car Transmission Experts
AAMCO Denver has in-house experience servicing transmissions for many makes and models of foreign cars. Our mechanics can help you with any transmission issues you have, from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and VW, Honda and Hyundai to Kia and Toyota. Call or make an appointment today with our expert service technicians.

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