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We want you to bid with confidence on a new used car, which is why we offer complimentary comprehensive inspections from trusted certified shops, including Midas, Meineke and others. The expert service techs will check out each car from top to bottom and provide a full independent inspection report that is viewable right on the vehicle listing. By going above and beyond a basic inspection, you can rest easy knowing that your new car, SUV, truck or sedan is ready to hit the road whenever you are.

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Learn More About Certified Car Inspections

Like most vehicle owners, you’re probably aware that you’ll need to have your vehicle inspected at some point. Depending on the state you live in, an inspection can mean different things (or nothing at all).

In this article, we’ll cover the basics of car inspections, from emissions to safety inspections, and what you can expect from the cars you find on Read on to learn more!

What Do Most Automobile Inspections Entail?


For starters, there’s the emissions inspection — also known as the smog test in some areas. Smog tests fall under the guidelines of federal safety standards, and are always performed on vehicles before they’re sold as new.


Certified safety inspections or state inspection is another type government inspection that ensures vehicles are safe on the road. These inspections are performed by licensed technicians who run your vehicle through a list of checks to ensure that the mechanicals are properly functioning. 

VIN Inspection

A VIN inspection is the physical inspection of your vehicle identification number. Its purpose is to ensure that your vehicle matches the information that’s stored in the state’s DMV database (and that it exists in there in the first place). Many states only require a VIN inspection upon the sale of the vehicle or if you’re becoming a resident.


The technicians also check for hazards, such as fuel leaks and windshield cracks. In states where safety inspections are legally required, if a hazard or potential problem is found, you won’t be able to drive your vehicle until the issues are fixed.

Safety & Hazard Inspections Also Include:

*For 11 out of 50 states, however, smog checks are a mandatory periodic process to keep vehicles from causing pollution as they age. In other states, only certain areas require it and some only require it upon the sale of a vehicle. Other states don’t bother at all.

*Even if your state doesn’t require periodic safety inspections, it’s still a good idea to have regular checks performed to ensure that you and your vehicle remain safe on the road at all times.

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Common Questions About Car Inspections

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As a car buying and selling technology platform, we want you to be able to shop and bid with confidence. That’s why we offer the ability for sellers to add one of our comprehensive inspections to any vehicle listed for sale. In fact, many of our Premium Auctions include this pre-purchase inspection service at no cost. Once completed, the full inspection report is added directly to each vehicle listing for all interested buyers to review.


To offer our buyers and sellers this unique service, we took the time to carefully select the best certified professionals to perform the inspections. This includes trusted shops with recognizable names such as Firestone, Midas, Meineke, and others. 


It’s also important to mention that we do not allow sellers to use their own mechanics to carry out these inspections. This is to ensure that everyone receives a 100% unbiased inspection from some of the most reputable technicians in the auto industry.

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The expert service technicians employed by these licensed and certified shops check each car from top to bottom to provide all parties with a full independent inspection report. This report will be attached directly to the vehicle listing so that potential buyers don’t have to wonder what a vehicle may or may not need. 


More specifically, our third-party technicians will inspect the following:


  • Safety features
  • Mechanical features
  • All systems (including emissions)


This essentially covers all of the inspections mentioned earlier to ensure that each of our listed vehicles are in safe, working order. By having these certified technicians carry out a full top-to-bottom inspection, buyers can rest assured that their new vehicle will be in the best possible condition.

Give yourself some peace of mind with a vehicle inspection

Having trained, certified, and licensed professionals perform inspections can give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to buying a used car — especially online. Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, your safety matters to us. That’s why you can trust that our vehicle inspections are not only professional and thorough but completely unbiased. 

Want to learn more about how our certified used car inspections work? Come visit us today and feel free to reach out with any questions — we have auto industry experts on standby waiting to talk with you.