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What does an Auto Inspector do?

By Carol Francois
Updated May 23, 2024
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An auto inspector is responsible for reviewing the details of a vehicle and providing a report. There are three types of auto inspection: safety, condition and ownership. All three inspections are performed for a fee and are valid for a specific time period.

When selecting an auto inspector, it is important to ensure that they are licensed auto mechanics or repair technicians. The value of the inspection is based on the level of knowledge and skill that the inspector has. An unlicensed mechanic can inspect a vehicle and miss items that are symptoms of a larger problem or issue.

Safety auto inspectors are responsible for checking your vehicle for basic driving safety. They look at the brakes, tires, lights, windshield, steering and transmission. This type of inspection is usually required when purchasing a used vehicle. Most states have a law that all cars must be certified as safe before a license plate is issued. No insurance company will provide coverage for an unsafe vehicle.

Condition auto inspections are done when purchasing a used car. Many people want an independent assessment of the mechanical and structural features of a car before they purchase it. This type of inspection can take between one and three hours to complete. The purpose of the inspection is to identify potential issues and future repair costs. This information is very valuable when negotiating on the price of a vehicle and the purchase decision.

If the salesperson misrepresented the actual mechanical condition of the vehicle, you may decide not to purchase any vehicle from their business. It is important to remember that maintenance is one of the most expensive aspects of car ownership. A thorough inspection provides the information necessary to make an informed decision.

An ownership check is part of the services provided by an auto inspector. They must check if there are any outstanding liens on the vehicle, if it has been reported stolen or in an accident. They also need to check for insurance claims for flood damage, minor damage or vandalism.

A lien is a legal document that is used by financing companies to indicate ownership of the vehicle. The holder of the lien has provided money, using the car as security for the loan. If the loan is not paid and the lien removed, the company has the right to seize the car. Ownership rights extend over state boarders, so it is important to check this carefully.

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Discussion Comments

By mm311 — On Apr 08, 2009

Where can I get a Maryland state Auto Inspection education to become an Auto inspector? detailed information please thank you

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