California Car Inspection

Our most comprehensive inspection

Our thorough and comprehensive Standard Pre-Purchase California Car Inspection is one of our most common inspection services. This IMC Standard service fits the needs of most ‘Daily Drivers’ in the Southern California area and is one of our newest services in our lineup. This car check is an excellent choice when you think you have found a great deal on a car from eBay or Craigslist, but you aren’t sure if you can trust the current owner when they say the car has absolutely no problems. Make sure that the car you are buying is a good value and will be reliable for your everyday activities. It is very difficult when you must find a ride for your everyday commute due to your car constantly being in the shop. Major problems that will hider your car’s performance include oil and transmission leaks and any problems that will require your car to need a new engine. Our California car inspection experts can perform an elaborate car check for you so that you know exactly what condition the car is in before you decide to buy it. The IMC Standard costs $199.00 and our inspection experts will meet you where the car you need inspected is located. Any car that was made in the year 1990 or earlier can be assessed with this inspection method. We focus mainly on the Southern California area, but are willing to travel. Reach out to us so we can see how we can help you discover the true value of your potential car.

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Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection Includes

Document review process

  • Title Status
  • Salvaged or Theft Recovery
  • Service and Maintenance Records
  • Document VIN Tag
  • Document Odometer Reading
  • Confirm Manufactures Data Label, VIN Tag and Certificate of Title or Registration match
  • Search for Open Manufacture Recalls and Campaigns
  • Ask the seller if the vehicle has been in an accident or major repairs performed
  • Car Check Report*

Body, Trim and Exterior Trim

  • Exterior paint condition rating
  • Document post factory paint blemishes, cosmetic issues, environmental degradation, scratches, dings and dents
  • Body panel alignment
  • Post factory repairs (quality)
  • Headlamp lens, trim and glass condition
  • Impact strips and body trim molding damage

Interior Trim and Cabin Functions

  • Check for post factory wear and tear
  • Note scuff marks, holes, tears, stains, broke cup holder, switches and handles
  • System check all functions work, seats, belts, windows, locks, turn signals, lights, radio, navigation, Etc
  • Climate control functionality and note any unpleasant odors
  • Check for signs of flood damage
  • Evaluate the overall condition of the interior given its age and mileage

Fluid Sampling and Charging Test*

  • On-Site Oil and Fluid Analysis – it’s a analysis of the fluid based on certified testing criteria that has been used in the laboratory environment for decades, radial planar chromatographic analysis.  The test is designed as an aid in determining the condition of the oils or fluids
  • On-Site Battery and Electrical System Analyzer Test – Using a patented conductance technology meter we are able to perform a battery and charging system analysis

Electrical

  • Complete systems check of all electrically powered components
  • Instrument panel gauges
  • Power window, Locks and Seats
  • Power Sunroof | Convertible Top
  • Headlights, Rear Tail and Running lights, Turn Signal, Horn, Ect.
  • Radio, Navigation, Blue-tooth connectivity, and phone (hands free operation)

Transmission

  • Fluid level check and fluid condition testing*
  • Check for Slipping
  • Check shifting abnormalities
  • Noises, clunks, whining and burning odor
  • Leaks

Undercarriage/Underbody

  • Check for impact damage
  • Note condition due to environment exposure
  • Does appear to have been off road
  • Driven on salt treated roads during the winter time
  • Scrapes or signs of bottoming out
  • Obvious damage to chassis
  • Post factory welds, repairs or modifications
  • Signs of rust, corrosion or under spray
  • Inspecting wheel wells, rockers, lower rust prone panels

Suspension, Steering, Brakes and Tires

  • Excessive side to side play in steering wheel
  • Control arms, bushings and bellows
  • Rack and Pinion, Shocks and Struts
  • Braking abnormalities or veering
  • Check for abnormal tire wear, weathering or damage

On Board Diagnostic  Computer Scan

  • Applicable to most cars manufactured after 1996
  • The OBD monitors the performance of some of the engines’ major components, including individual emission controls. The system can provide owners with real-time active faults or can bean early warning of malfunctions by way of dashboard “check engine light”

Road test

  • An absolute must – We test drive the vehicle between 2-5 miles, noting any seemingly abnormal noises or drivability concerns.  We also assess the engines performance, steering responsiveness, braking confidence and transmission operation