5 Essential Things to Know About Used Car Reviews

When it comes to purchasing a used car, there are certainly an enormous number from which to choose. Taking a look at used car reviews can help you narrow your choices, but there are a few essential things you need to know when consulting them.

Narrow Your Choices

If you enter a search for used car reviews, you will pull up hundreds of thousands of results. Take the time to consider the type of vehicle you are interested in, and then narrow down your choices to a few different models. This will make reading through the reviews much easier and less time consuming.

Consider the Source

In most cases, anyone can submit a used car review. This is both a good and bad thing, as it can lead to people posting erroneous reviews in an effort to convince people to choose one brand over another. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you’re using a reputable source for the reviews. Generally, organizations such as Consumer Reports, Edmunds, Car and Driver and other similar options will provide unbiased information.

Read More Than One

When searching through reviews, it can be easy simply to read the first one you come across and be done with it. However, you’d be doing yourself a serious disservice. While one person may purchase a great car, another could end up with a lemon. Take the time to read several reviews before you make a decision on the vehicle you want. This is the best way to see if there are any issues or concerns that are repeated over multiple reviews.

Decipher the Information

There are times when a used car review is based more on the driver’s experience with a particular car lot or brand than on the actual vehicle. Make sure you are weeding these out, as they should not play a role in your own purchasing decision – unless, of course, you plan to purchase from the same dealer.

Don’t Rely Totally on Reviews

Understand that used car reviews are guidance. You will want to use your best judgment when making a purchase. If the vehicle seems to have obvious issues, you should consider another available option regardless of what you read in the reviews. You should also plan to take the car on a test drive, no matter where you purchase it.

If you are considering a used car, make sure to contact YourMechanic for a pre-purchase car inspection so you know exactly what you’re buying.


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21 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Irvine, California
Smooth experience, was able to communicate succinctly and arrived early to the appointment. Thoroughly completed the 50-point check and gave me his professional opinion. His report on the vehicle reflected knowledge on the vehicle, along with giving me his own estimate on the pricing. Definitely helped me with my purchase.
Audi A4 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Corona, California
Chris was great. He was early to the appointment, very communicative (responsive almost immediately for text and calls). He did a pre-purchase inspection for me on a car, and I was not able to attend the inspection. He was extremely honest with his feedback regarding both the car and the quality of the sale in general. I'm not a "car-person" and I felt like I could ask him anything and everything and not worry about coming across as stupid. I felt much better about my purchase after he was able to look at the car and give me his report.

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26 years of experience
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Anderson
26 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Jamaica, New York
Anderson was great! I was unsure about my purchase because of the year and the condition. Anderson's inspection really put everything into perspective. Thank you!
Land Rover LR4 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Little Neck, New York
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Jason

14 years of experience
215 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Dodge Charger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Carteret, New Jersey
Jason came on time, explained the procedure and immediately started the pre-purchase inspection on my 2012 Dodge Charger. Very thorough, very knowledgeable! I’ll be using YourMechanic for the suggested maintenance and repairs.
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I truly appreciate Jason’s professionalism and the fact that he was quite detailed in his inspection of my vehicle. As a result, I now feel much more confident in my purchase and will utilize Jason’s services in the future.

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Subaru Impreza - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Revere, Massachusetts
My husband and I had Pierre take a look at a car for us before we bought it. He was super communicative with us, letting us know that he was running behind and would be a little late. When he did the inspection the guys at dealership were very impressed by Pierre and his thoroughness. After his inspection he gave us a full list of what he found and his professional opinion on the vehicle. Pierre's assessment gave us the confidence to purchase the car.
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