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What Kind of Inspection Does Your Vehicle Need?

At San Francisco Automotive Solutions, we're committed to getting the best possible results for our customers. That means when you come in for a repair, we are going to get to the bottom of the issue. We are going to be thorough to make sure that you get the precise repairs you need—and only the repairs you need—at a fair price. 

To get a proper diagnosis of your vehicle and to assess the specific problems it might have, some type of inspection is going to be required. In this article, we will discuss the different types of inspections and tests we perform at San Francisco Automotive Solutions, so you know what to expect when you bring your vehicle into our repair facility.

External Inspection

This would be the most basic type of inspection. Let's say you think you have a transmission problem. We'll take a look at the transmission and other parts of the car that may be causing whatever issue you describe. In many cases, we can identify the problem just through the external inspection process. Then, we can get you an accurate quote for repairs, including specific parts and labor costs.

Diagnostic Testing

Pretty much all modern cars will have an internal computer system connected to various sensors throughout the vehicle. One of our trained diagnosticians can access the computer and run a detailed diagnostics test. If potential problems are identified, specific fault codes will appear. Running diagnostics is another way to narrow down the search and pinpoint the true source of the problem(s).

Internal Inspection

An internal inspection is a much more comprehensive process than an external inspection. It may require us to remove parts and actually look inside certain components. Again, we can use the transmission as an example. Perhaps the external inspection doesn't reveal anything too specific, but the diagnostics show something might be wrong within the transmission. In this case, we would need to remove the transmission from the vehicle, open it up and inspect it inside and out. Naturally, an internal inspection is much more involved and may cost you some labor fees, but it is the best way to be absolutely sure that the problem is identified and proper repairs can be made.

Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

If you are buying a used car, ask about getting a pre-purchase inspection at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. We'll look the vehicle over from bumper-to-bumper and provide you with a detailed report. You'll be made aware of any potential problems or immediate repair needs, so you can know exactly what you are getting into if you decide to purchase the vehicle. It's a great way to get extra peace of mind before committing to a purchase. It can also help with your price negotiations.

Inspections and diagnostics are an important part of daily life at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. Ultimately, it's about making sure we properly identify the source of any problems so we can provide fair and accurate price quotes for any repairs that are needed.

If you are experience car trouble, want to schedule a pre-purchase inspection or just need routine maintenance, call San Francisco Automotive Solutions today at (415) 523-0515 or schedule a service appointment online.

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