Luxury, performance, design – you found it all in the used German automobile you’ve been contemplating. Now Beck’s European wants to help you with the final verification before purchase: a thorough inspection to see if your dream Porsche, Audi or BMW measures up in terms of condition.
To help you understand the process, we want to tell you what you can expect from a Beck’s European pre-purchase vehicle inspection, and why customers in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe and surrounding areas have been choosing us for over 40 years.
CarFax Isn’t Enough
CarFax and other reporting agencies do a good job of telling the story of a car’s history, but there are weaknesses. If you’re going to make a major investment on a used German automobile, it’s wise to go a step further with a full vehicle inspection.
For one, repairs are sometimes paid out of pocket and not through insurance, so the report will not capture the information. In addition, there is always a lag time in reporting – sometimes as much as 12 months – so your report may not include information about recent accidents and repairs (which may very well be the reason why the owner decided to sell or trade the vehicle).
While CarFax is a good step in the inspection process, you need a more thorough inspection like those provided at Beck’s European.
About Beck’s European Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspections
Beck’s pre-purchase inspections are designed to overcome the weaknesses of CarFax and other reporting agencies while giving you a more thorough understanding of a vehicle’s history. Our pre-purchase inspections include:
- A review of interior aesthetics.
- A detailed inspection of paint finish to uncover evidence of collision damage.
- An analysis of engine history to see how the car has been driven, including revs, misfires, hours and mileage.
- The use of Autologic and Porsche software to test equipment and diagnose issues.
- A thorough visual inspection to detect miscellaneous issues such as odometer tampering and other problems.
- A review of documented repair history to understand what corresponds with our findings and what findings may indicate red flags.
Used cars should never be ‘graded on a curve;’ therefore each inspection is performed using new or better than new cars as a standard, so you know how your used vehicle stacks up to the best.
While your used car may have used-car-related issues, only with objective standards can you truly determine if it will be a good purchase, given the vehicle condition and price.