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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Attila

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Attila was great! Very knowledgeable and actually detected a fault during a pre-purchase inspection that would have cost me later.
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Shawn was prompt, professional, and delivered the promised service as expected. This was a used vehicle pre-purchase inspection. Shawn also had to drive to multiple locations to perform the inspection, as the address listed that I provided him with was not accurate, but he still made it to the correct location within his time window and completed the inspection.
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Shawn was very prompt in communicating with me and was good at helping me decide whether to purchase a used car. He help me avoid a car with a repaired rusted frame that could be a danger to my family's safety since we were planning on using the car to tow a travel trailer!

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Luis was great. He showed up on time, acted professionally, and gave me confidence with a pre-purchase car inspection.
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Luis did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for me, and found several major issues that made me pass on buying the car. Had I purchased the car, I almost certainly would have ended up paying thousands in repairs down the road. Thanks Luis!

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Hyundai Elantra L4-2.0L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Englewood, Colorado
He did a pre-purchase inspection for me. He was knowledgeable and fast, and knew what he was looking for. I really appreciate all the pictures and documentation he took of the state of the car before purchase. He noted potential issues with the car that I wouldn't have been able to notice. Would recommend.
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I trust Robert. He gave me a list and we will take care of it the week of June 29. I will know then that my vehicle is ready for the winter and is safe to drive. I look forward to getting things ready for another winter of careful driving.

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