As much as you’d rather not have to think about it, your vehicle comes with vehicle maintenance needs, whether you bought it off a showroom floor or secondhand.
New vehicles need gasoline, oil, tire pressure checks, window and body-washing—all things you can do yourself.
Used vehicles, ideally, come with a written history. With this you can tell what was done for the vehicle before it came into your possession. If it didn’t come with a history, it’s a good idea to negotiate with the seller (car lot or private seller) a trip to a mechanic you trust for a buyer's inspection. We can go through it and make sure it isn’t going to surprise you with problems right away or in the near future.
If your mechanic finds pressing issues, try to negotiate a lower price. Say, “The balance of what I was intending to pay you for a well-working vehicle will go toward fixing what’s wrong with it now.” If the seller balks, walk. There are plenty of decent vehicles out there. A good buyer's inspection will keep you from buying trouble.
Please Note: You should consult third-party mechanic even if you’re considering buying a certified used car from a dealership. Most certified used cars will still have repair or maintenance matters needs. It’s a fact: darned few dealerships will invest any more money into the used cars than is necessary. They simply won’t do every bit of the maintenance and repairs tasks that even their certified vehicles need. Don’t risk it. If the seller is on the up and up, he or she won’t deny you the ability to have your prospective new wheels checked out. Get your third party buyer’s inspection right here at Chuck’s. We can do an inspection at our North Seattle location or our Shoreline location. We have your back.
Call our North Seattle/Mapleleaf location at 206-526-1069
Call our Seattle/Shoreline location at 206-368-0980
I brought a car in for a buyer’s inspection because I recently needed a new (used) car and faced endless decisions. I needed a reliable car that would last. I had Chris and his team check out several vehicles before buying. Had I not, I would have bought a car that I would pay for again in repairs, twice. The service was excellent, they squeezed me in to a tight schedule more than once. Not only was I impressed with their obvious expertise and knowledge but the explanations were concise, complete and easy to understand. None of this was really a surprise, all one need do is take a look around the shop which was neatly organized and clean enough to eat off of the floor. I won't be taking any vehicle anywhere else for service and/or repairs after the experiences I have had dealing with Chris at Chuck's Auto Repair. Thanks guys!
surprising based on age of car. They texted a detailed quote then called me to go over each item. No pressure on me to approve any or all the work. Because of scope of repairs, could not be completed same day. But work was done within time frame provided. One part cost slightly more than estimated only because they had to get from the dealer(again due to age of car)although they did try other options first. This was discussed before proceeding. I was very satisfied with the communication and professionalism.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
My daughter’s catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV. Owen not only replaced this after working with our auto insurance but he and the team replaced the sway bar...
that was actually nonfunctional.
The service provided was not only excellent and timely but the team was also outstanding. They answered all our questions and were more than willing to let us know what steps needed to be taken along the way. We are happy to finally know and put out trust in an auto shop in Seattle for all our auto problems. We would recommend them to anyone who is having car problems.