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Test Drive Technologies provides used auto inspection services for St Louis, Southern Illinois, Springfield, Peoria and Chicago for used car buyers, banks, insurance agents, law firms, dealerships and ...

Test Drive Technologies provides used auto inspection services for St Louis, Southern Illinois, Springfield, Peoria and Chicago for used car buyers, banks, insurance agents, law firms, dealerships and even private sellers

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    • TestDriveTechnologies
      Mobile Vehicle Inspection Services
      “The Ultimate Test Drive Experience”
    • A Test Drive Inspection
      Complete Exterior Inspection of Vehicle
      Title History
      Interior Condition Reporting
      Undercarriage Evaluation
      Mechanical Check-up
      Road Test
      Present Value
    • Paint. More Than Just Color
      Today’s paint is made up of 3 stages
      Primer
      Basecoat
      Some specialty coats such as pearl is much thicker and has several separate coats
      Base color
      Pearl
      Clear coat
      Note: It’s important to know that a good body finish is one that is the same thickness on each panel
    • The Good, Fair, & Ugly
      Many collusion repair facilities repair vehicles back to near factory condition – This is a Good Repair
      A good repair is one that the inspector can’t find with out pulling back trim and mounting bolts are repainted
      It is not always possible to repair a vehicle back to OEM specification – This is a Fair Repair
      Some paints are near impossible to match perfectly and body panels do not line up perfectly
      Some vehicles get the “chop shop” repair
      Runs in finish
      Debris present in clear
      Mismatched paint
    • What is Previous Repair?
      Any repair that requires filler to smooth the surface
      A repair that requires replacement of a body panel
      Damage that was through the basecoat of the finish and requires refinishing
    • Is Finding Previous Repair OK? YES!
      If:
      It was repaired in a professional manner
      Repaired with quality parts and materials
      As long as it is undetectable to the untrained eye
    • What Is a Touch-up?
      Quick repair of chips on the hood (Road Rash Repair)
      Painting and resurfacing of bumper areas
      Paintless Dent Removal – Referred to as “PDR” (Dings & Dents removed)
      Upholstery repairs (Seats, headliners & trim)
      ALL TOUCH-UP REPAIRS OK AS LONG AS THEY ARE GOOD QUALITY
    • You Check The Glass Too?
      Yes we verify if the glass in the vehicle is factory or aftermarket and if there is damage present
      Chips, cracks, scratches, & pitting lowers values
      Good factory glass raises value (Dealers can sometimes replace with OEM glass, some take the cheaper route with aftermarket)
      Replaced side or rear glass can mean forced entry has occurred! Further checks required!
    • Oh No! A Negative CARFAX Report?
      First words of advise! Don’t panic
      Many vehicles show up with a CARFAX History
      CARFAX often picks reports minor fender benders
      CARFAX reported accident but you found damage still?
      Owner decided not to get vehicle repaired
      Many repairs are done satisfactory
      That is why we inspect vehicles!
    • Clean CARFAX
      Just as many vehicles that have a negative CARFAX, show a clean CARFAX
      Sometimes vehicles are repaired and not reported to insurance!
      Dealers
      The uninsured
      Private accident (Backing into mailbox or garage)
      That is why we inspect vehicles!
    • Interior Inspection
      Upholstery is reported on overall condition
      Factory or aftermarket leather
      Comfort and entertainment options
      Safety features (Airbags, seatbelts, auto locks, child safety locks)
      Books & Keys present
      Check for operating components. (CD, NAVI, DVD.)
    • More Than Just a Frame
      Frames Provide
      Safety in an accident
      Handling in turns
      Stopping distance
      Comfort of ride
      Mounting for body panels
      Protection for electrical and fuel components
    • What You Should Know About Vehicle Frames
      • The frame of you vehicle is like the frame of your house. A single weak link makes the whole house weak. A vehicle frame relies on teamwork of each component.
      • There is NO Good Repair on Frame components except quarter panels.
      • Replaced it. Repaired frame components are 90% more likely to fail vs. replaced components.
    • Structure Is What Keeps Your Family Safe
      Unibody frames are designed for crumple zones, reduced weight, and softer rides
    • Structure. It Is What Keeps Your Family Safe
      Easier to repair and align after an accident
      More likely to be damaged due to design
      Safest type of frame for passengers
      Found more common on Trucks, Vans, and Limousines
      Strong and durable
    • Frame Repair
      This is a left front rocker panel that is being repaired
      Notice the incomplete welds
      Left over slag from welding arcs
      Deep scratches in metal
      This will likely be hidden by body and paint work
      Never seen again unless inspected correctly
      This is an example of POOR frame repair techniques
      This is being replaced with a used part from another vehicle. Frame components should always be NEW to ensure their structural integrity
    • Example of Repaired Front Rail
      Quality frame rail repair is
      • Smooth and consistent welds
      • Matching body mounts
      • OEM fasteners
      • Straight construction
    • Everyone's’ Nightmare
      • Free at some parts stores but does not tell you what is wrong.
      • 1 hour $75.00
      • 1.5 hours $100.00
      • 2 hours $150.00
      Minimum of $150
      Sometimes diagnostics is more than the repair!
      Engine Diagnostics Cost
      Transmission Diagnostics Cost:
      Codes can be cleared by dealer and not reappear for months. Our mechanical check looks at possible worn parts and reports these BEFORE you buy! No more nightmares!
    • Mechanical Inspections
      What vehicles we inspect:
      Sports cars
      Luxury cars
      Compact cars
      Motorcycles and ATV’s
      Limousines
      Trucks
      Buses
      Boats (must be capable of being taken out of water)
      Forklifts
      What is inspected:
      Tires & Wheels
      Suspension
      OBD II System
      Fluids
      Electrical & Ignition Systems
      Passive Safety Systems (ABS, Airbags, Auto Seatbelts)
    • The Ultimate Test Drive Experience
      What is the Test Drive Experience:
      For starters. Your in the driver’s seat. Buckled in tight. Mirrors adjusted how you like them. Seat just how you like it. Now it’s all up to you.
      A Test Drive Technologies Inspector will ride with you and ask you to perform certain maneuvers to ensure you are comfortable with the vehicle and its handling. The technician will record your responses to questions asked of you after each maneuver. There is no sense in buying a car if you don’t like driving it.
      We will test the vehicle in different environments. Rock roads, highway speeds, back roads, and the city streets.
      Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to take a 90 degree corner at 60 MPH, just normal driving habits. What we are after is to make sure the car fits YOUR driving style.
      After the technician has recorded your responses he or she will test drive the vehicle. Running it through a series of standardized test such as acceleration, braking, handling, and abrupt avoidance maneuvers to ensure the vehicle is in safe condition. A true Test Drive Inspection.
      The customer is welcome to join but is not required for any of the Test Drive Experience.
    • Making Sense of Pricing of Vehicle Options
      Vehicle buying rules:
      Know what you are looking for in a vehicle
      • Are you looking for something long term or just to get buy?
      Know what size vehicle you need
      • Is this for the family or just commuter vehicle?
      Know how much you can spend
      • Knowing how much to spend keeps you narrowed into price ranges. Know what you can afford before you go.
      What is important to you in a vehicle
      • Comfort? Features? Ride? Handling?
      Know what you are willing to spend on warrant, GAP, and other extras.
      • Extras add extra cost to loan that you pay interest on. Know what you want protected before you look at vehicles and figure that cost in to the vehicle
      Know your credit score
      • If you know your credit rating you will have a better bargaining power for interest rates. Don’t get suckered into a higher rate because the dealer says your credit is not as good.
      Get outside financing from you bank
      • Although manufacture financing is good for new vehicles, it sometimes has higher rates for pre-owned units. Get a loan where you have a reputation and history at. YOUR BANK! Dealers often make $$$ on the back end of your finance deal.
    • Q & A about Test Drive Inspections
      Q: What is a Test Drive Inspection?
      A: A test drive inspection is a type of inspection you would do on your own before negotiating a price on any vehicle used or new.
      Q: Why should I get a Test Drive Inspection?
      A: Because you need to make a sound decision on what you want to spend your money on.
      Q: What is inspected?
      A: Exterior body. Interior options and condition. Engine & Transmission. Undercarriage & Suspension. Brakes and Bearings.
      Q: What types of vehicles does Test Drive Technologies inspect?
      A: Anything. Here are some samples -------
      (Prices vary depending on vehicle & package)
    • 10+1 Reasons to Choose Test Drive Technologies?
      #1 in Customer Service
      • Our devotion to customer satisfaction.
      Accuracy
      • 4 Years with out a single arbitration in the industry.
      Affordable
      • Lowest overhead inspection company in the region keeps our prices lower for you.
      Certified
      • Certified by NAAA and ASE ensures your future vehicle is inspected to the highest standards.
      Convenient
      • Our quick and easy scheduling process and flexible hours fit to your schedule, not ours.
      Easy
      • Find the vehicle. Tell the dealer about us. Call us. We inspect the vehicle. You buy it. Done. Easy!
      Experience
      • Current on ALL make and model options. We use leading edge technology. 15 years of excellence in the industry.
      Fully Insured
      • Your protected.
      On Time
      • If we say we will be there. We will be there. Or you get a discount!
      Safe
      • Zero lost time accidents. Find that in a company.
      Simple
      • Schedule via email, text message, phone calls, online. Credit Cards excepted via PayPal too!
    • The Inspection Check List
      VEHICLE EXTERIOR4-way flashers*marker lights*marker lenses*inspection stickerwindshieldside windowsvent windowsmirrorstail light lenses*headlights*fog lights*tail lights*brake lights*backup lightsparking lights*turn signals*license lightswheel coversgas capantennaspare tire/jack/handlelug wrenchlock nut socket (wheel guard)windshield washerpower topsun roofwiper blades
      PAINT & BODYdoor alignmenttrunk alignmenthood alignmentsurface review
      VEHICLE INTERIORshifterseatsseat beltsneutral safety switch*emergency brake*hood releasetrunk/fuel door releasesdoor locks (child)window/door handlesdome lightscourtesy lights (door)mirror power/controlsvanity mirrors/lightswindow power switcheswiper operation/wiper motorA C/heater controlsfan switchinstrumentsradio/C D playerhorn*owners manual
      TEST DRIVE PERFORMANCEenginetransmissionaccelerationsteering & handlingalignmentbrakescruise controlclutch4-wheel drivetransfer case shiftair conditioning
      VEHICLE UNDER HOODleakssteering gearengineengine ID decalsspark plug wiresbeltsair filterradiator/capradiator hosescoolant/antifreezewater pumpoverflow bottledip stick(s)oil leveloil conditionbrake fluid*power steering pumppower steering hosespower steering fluid*transmission fluid conditiontransmission fluid levelmaster cylinder*W S washer bottleA C hosesA C compressorfan electric/clutchbatterybattery cables*charging systemtiming belt/chain intervalabnormal sounds
      VEHICLE UNDERCARRIAGEwheel lugs*wheel cylinders*sway bar(s)control armstie rod ends"A" frame bushingspitman/idler armcenter linkball jointsbrake hoses & lines*axle sealswheel bearingsC V bootsC V jointsengine sealsrear main sealpinion sealdifferential cover/trans gasketengine mountstransmission mountsmufflerexhaust pipestrutsshockscalipers*rotors*pads*drums*shoes*tires
      *Denotes a required safety item.
      Many items are checked during the inspection process but are not listed.
    • Several Types of Test Drive Inspections
      Ultimate Test Drive Experience
      Platinum Series
      Gold Series
      Silver Series
      Bronze Series
      Q: Why so many packages?
      A: Vehicle and customer needs vary. So there is Something for everyone!
    • The Ultimate Test Drive Experience
      This is an add on package to ONLY to the Platinum Series Inspection.
      The Ultimate Test Drive:
      For starters. Your in the driver’s seat. Buckled in tight. Mirrors adjusted how you like them. Seat just how you like it. Now it’s all up to you.
      A Test Drive Technologies Inspector will ride with you and ask you to perform a series of maneuvers to ensure you are comfortable with the vehicle and its handling. The technician will record your responses to the questions after each maneuver.
      There is no sense in buying a car if you don’t like driving it or if it does not feel safe.
      The vehicle will be tested in several different environments. Rocky roads, highway speeds, back roads, and the city streets with plenty of stop lights.
      Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to take a 90 degree corner at 60 MPH, just normal driving habits. What we want is to make sure the vehicle fits YOUR driving style.
      After the technician has recorded your responses he /she will test drive the vehicle. Running it through a series of standardized test such as acceleration, braking, handling, and abrupt avoidance maneuvers to ensure the vehicle is in safe condition. A true Test Drive Inspection.
      *The customer is welcome to join but is not required for any of the Test Drive Experience.
      *Before the actual road test, the vehicle must pass the comprehensive Test Drive Technologies inspection criteria. TDT will NOT test drive any vehicle that is found to be unsafe.
    • Platinum Series
      Engine & Transmission
      Electrical systems, fluids, and hoses inspected
      Undercarriage & Frame
      Exhaust, bearings, brakes, suspension, and frame components inspected
      Exterior
      Body panels, paint finish, body seems and gaps inspected
      Interior
      Options verified and condition inspected.
      Perfect for higher value vehicles that are outside of the manufacture warranty. Buyers that are looking for a sound vehicle purchase often choose this package. #1 Seller!
    • Gold Series
      Engine & Transmission
      Electrical systems, fluids, and hoses inspected
      Exterior
      Body panels, paint finish, body seems and gaps inspected
      Interior
      Options verified and condition inspected.
      Built for the moderate enthusiast who wants to ensure the vehicle is in sound condition.
    • Silver Series
      Exterior
      Body panels, paint finish, body seems and gaps inspected
      Interior
      Options verified and condition inspected.
      Designed for the newer vehicle with clean title history and still under manufacture warranty
    • Bronze Series
      Engine & Transmission
      Electrical systems, fluids, and hoses inspected
      Exterior
      Body panels, paint finish, body seems and gaps inspected
      For the buyer who knows what type of vehicle they are looking for and just want to make sure it is a sound decision.
    • Test Drive Technologies is a Veteran owned and operated family companyBelleville, Illinois.
      All inspections must be scheduled in advance.
      All payments are due before the inspection process begins
      Our inspection guarantee and legal information can be obtained at our website www.TestDriveTech.com
      The Ultimate Test Drive Experience™ and Test Drive Tech™ are both registered trademarks of Test Drive Technologies©