CARCHEX Vehicle Inspection Resources

Everything you need to know about vehicle inspections for your car or truck, plus our online vehicle inspection report. Inspect before you buy, and protect your investment.

30Nov, 2016

How To Disinfect A Used Car – Lice, Viruses, Fungus & More

We all know that any used car purchase can contain hidden surprises. One factor you might not have considered though is the risk to your health when buying used. Even though a vehicle may appear clean and ready, it could […]

16Nov, 2016

Airbag Fraud – Don’t Get Fooled

In 1988 airbags became required safety devices in all automobiles. Combined with proper seatbelt use, an airbag greatly reduces the risk of injury in a car crash. Still, airbag issues such as the recent Takata airbag recall remind us that […]

29Sep, 2016

Damage Disclosure & Vehicle Inspection

Incredibly, many people never even think about this. When you go to buy a car, new or used, do you bother to ask if it’s ever been damaged? You might be surprised by the answers you get to this question. […]

7Jun, 2016

The CARCHEX Car Inspection Checklist

Looking to buy a used car? Then a thorough pre-purchase inspection is important. It takes more than just a quick look to make sure you get your money’s worth. In this article, CARCHEX shares the details of a comprehensive car […]

30Apr, 2016

Buying A Used Hybrid Or Electric Vehicle

Today’s used auto market has plenty of non-gasoline vehicles to choose from. What should you look out for when buying a used hybrid or electric vehicle (HEV)? Let’s find out.

Buy any used car with confidence. Get a pre-purchase used vehicle […]

9Apr, 2016

What Is Emissions Testing?

Emissions testing determines the level of air pollutants emitted from the exhaust of a motor vehicle. The first emissions testing was done in California in 1966. Since then, many states began requiring testing for all registered vehicles. If a vehicle […]

15Feb, 2016

How To Inspect A Car For Rust & Repainting

Look for rust along the frame rails which run directly under the doors. You should also check for rust inside the wheel wells and along the exhaust system. Irregular lines in the paint often mean the car was damaged and […]

16Dec, 2015

Is Buying A Used Car Safer Than Buying New?

That new car smell – everybody loves it. But is it worth it? The auto industry recalls over 20 million vehicles per year. If you buy used, you might actually gain a big advantage, like sidestepping an inconvenient or dangerous […]

8Dec, 2015

Do State Vehicle Inspections Make Sense?

Mississippi just got rid of them. Florida, Alabama, Hawaii and many others don’t require a state vehicle inspection either. Does this make sense? Is it safe? How does this affect you if you’re looking to buy a used car? Let’s […]

8Dec, 2015

Best Used Cars For Commuting

Millions of Americans drive to work every day. With all that time spent behind the wheel, you want a car that performs well and won’t give you problems. We picked vehicles based on reliability, price, performance, and gas mileage. We […]

7Nov, 2015

What Is A Virtual Test Drive?

The term “virtual test drive” conjures up all kinds of possibilities. Is there really such a thing? Many different types of virtual test drives exist, but most aren’t what you think they are. Let’s find out more.

Buy with confidence. Get […]

29Oct, 2015

Are All Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles Equal?

Buying a used car provides certain advantages, especially price savings. Many used car dealers offer “certified” vehicles, but buyers should beware. A true Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle comes with special benefits, but it pays to know what to look for. […]

27Aug, 2015

Buying A Car Through A Used Car Delivery Service

Thanks to technology and increased buyer trust, online vendors will deliver just about anything to your doorstep. Now, with companies like Vroom, you can even get a car delivered to you via a smartphone app.

Buy any used car with confidence. […]

28Jul, 2015

The Best Time Of Year To Buy A Used Car

The time of year can have a big influence on used car prices. Just like the real estate market, there are certain months that favor buyers vs. sellers. Let’s look at some of the factors to help you make smart […]

26Jun, 2015

Best Used Cars For Teens

If you have a new young driver in the family, you might be thinking about buying another car. There are plenty of good used cars out there, but some choices are better for new drivers. Here are the features and […]

23Jun, 2015

Do New Car Quality Ratings Carry Over To Used Models?

Every year the major automakers roll out a fresh new fleet of vehicles. Then the car journalists get busy testing and reporting on these new models. But does a new rating have any impact on the car’s long term quality? […]

19Jun, 2015

How To Spot Texas Flood Damaged Vehicles

In May, the massive Texas flooding left many with their cars submerged in water. It’s estimated that thousands of these flood damaged cars will hit the used car market soon. To spot water damage when buying a used vehicle, all […]

2Jun, 2015

How To Inspect A Used Car Like A Pro

Nobody wants to get stuck with a lemon when buying a used car. We’re not going to tell you to check the tires, since you should already know that. So let’s find out how to inspect a used car like […]

2Jun, 2015

Where Can I Get My Car Inspected?

For those asking, “Where can I get my car inspected?” the answer depends on why you want to get an inspection in the first place. There are typically two reasons to get a car inspected:

You want to evaluate a used […]

22May, 2015

How Ridesharing Affects New & Used Car Markets

The global ridesharing king Uber is racking up some pretty impressive numbers. A recent blog post revealed Uber had reached the 1 million rides per day mark. So what does this mean for the new and used car market?

With CARCHEX […]

27Mar, 2015

Car Inspections Detect Flood And Bad Weather Damage

Buying a used car can sometimes be a guessing game. Even if the vehicle appears to be in good shape, how do you know that it hasn’t been damaged by flood or bad weather? A thorough car inspection can help. […]

27Mar, 2015

Car Inspections And Depreciation

Some things like fine wine or rare coins increase in value with time. Cars and trucks usually don’t do this unless you have a rare vintage vehicle. Even though cars usually depreciate with time, there are ways to get the […]

27Mar, 2015

How To Negotiate Price When Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car can be a stressful experience. Nobody wants to overpay, but you don’t want to miss out on a good deal either. Let’s find out how to negotiate price when buying a used car so you get […]

11Nov, 2014

What To Expect At Your Next Auto Inspection

Auto inspections, also known as motor vehicle inspections, are required in most states. However, what those inspections entail and the interval times between inspections can vary amongst jurisdictions. Such inspections typically include an emissions check with some states requiring safety […]

11Nov, 2014

Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspections Help Women Buy With Confidence

Not all cars are the same.  Sure, you can find thousands of cars on the road just like yours — same make, model, year, even built in the same plant. However, even though a certain model may have years of […]

11Nov, 2014

What’s Inside A Good Pre-Purchase Auto Inspection? CARCHEX Shows You

If you are looking to buy a used car, you should consider a pre-purchase auto inspection. This service is especially useful if the car you want to buy is too far away for you to inspect yourself. Even if you […]

11Nov, 2014

Vehicle Inspections And Other Tips To Help You Buy A Used Car Fast

Nobody wants to waste time buying a used car. Maybe you need to upgrade fast since your family is growing or perhaps your job requires a specific type of vehicle. If you need to buy a used car quickly, certain […]

11Nov, 2014

Vehicle Inspection Thwarts Scams Like Flood Cars And Curbstoners

So you think you found a great used car offer from a humble looking guy living in a quiet neighborhood. He tells you that the car belonged to his mother who recently passed away. Then he feeds you a line […]

11Nov, 2014

Uncommonly Good Used Car Advice From CARCHEX

Most used car advice is common sense. However, CARCHEX offers tips that you probably haven’t thought of. You might end up saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars. Let’s get started.

Test Drive With The Windows Down

Requesting a test drive is […]

11Nov, 2014

Top 5 Things That Decrease Used Car Value

If you are looking to sell your car then you want to get the most for your money, right? Well then don’t do anything to hurt your used car value. Here the top five things that will do the most […]

11Nov, 2014

Tips On How To Buy A Used Car Online

With the Internet age buying online has become commonplace – but so has online fraud. This doesn’t mean you can’t buy big ticket items, you just have to know how to be safe. Let’s look at how to buy a […]

11Nov, 2014

The Benefits Of A CARCHEX Used Car Inspection

What’s the hardest part about buying a used car? The uncertainty about the car’s condition. No matter what, you can’t know everything about a used car, but there are ways to make the decision easier. A used car inspection helps […]

11Nov, 2014

The 7 Best Used Cars Under $10,000

Buying a used car can save you big money. These days you can save thousands of dollars and still get reliability thanks to modern engineering. Let’s look at the 7 best used cars under $10,000.

Number 1: 2003 Acura TL (Estimated […]

11Nov, 2014

How Car Depreciation Can Save You Up To 90% On A Used Car

Most people don’t like the word depreciation because it means as soon as you buy something, its value drops. However, if you are a used car buyer looking for great deals, depreciation might be your best friend. The more you […]

11Nov, 2014

Do I Really Need A Pre-Purchase Car Inspection?

If you are in the market to buy a used car, you should consider a pre-purchase car inspection. Buying a used car doesn’t have to be complicated, but you want to make sure you get your money’s worth.

Evaluating A Used […]