Originally Posted by Mekanic
When I say independent, I mean that I don't have a repair shop. I can just see some inspectors that have a repair shop saying a vehicle is OK (no better or worse than average) and then says its going to need maintenance work on these 15 items soon. (Using the Inspection to Fish for Service revenue $$$) I believe Dealerships know almost nothing about most of the owners and usage of the pre-owned cars they sell. Usage Can mean a lot. I would try to get people to hire me to inspect vehicle on dealerships lots. Tell me more about which dealership you used to inspect the vehicle? Did you take a used Ford from a private seller to a Ford dealer? something like that? Before I went shopping for a used TJ jeep in 05 I went to the local Jeep dealer and Drove a New one so I could accurately compare the used one to a new one to see how they hold up. That year I bought a 99 Jeep with 82K on it and you really couldn't see any difference in the way it drove. I was totally up front with the sales guy at the Jeep dealer, I Told him I need to test drive a New TJ so when I drive a used one I'll know how much it is worn. He said good idea. I bought a used Grand Cherokee from That Jeep dealer 2 years later. Well I work 645AM-9Am & 2PM-4PM and I get paid $12.87 X 40 hours per week plus I get the usual health insurance and the usual days off. I'm fine with the hours. We have a decent contract. when I take extra runs I get my usual hourly rate till I REALLY work 40 hours then any hours after that we get OT. I'm single and never had kids so I can live cheap. My dream is to drive the bus and Teach short courses classes of These types of classes are usually 4 nights a week for 4 weeks 1 basic introductory Auto/Vehicle Maintenance for car/truck/RV owners. 2 Fleet sales/Fleet Maintenance where to save, where to spend. 3 Home Inspection basics doing (Weeding out the truly bad before you spend money on a professional inspector) My local vocational school is full up on regular classes and I Brought this idea up to them and they are discussing it. I should know what subjects they think will work in the next month. The real icing on the cake is that I Can make the school idea work I'll still have the whole summer off next year.
I'm not sure what you mean by "usage" perhaps you are meaning you want to be a consultant as to what's the best kind of car for a customer.
I have had only two dealerships that gave me the feeling that the dealership was trying to sell me services on the vehicle in the thirty years I've been doing this, and one was with my motorhome at La Mesa RV. I took it to the Ford Commercial Truck Dealership and had a great experience.
The only thing I want from an inspector is a report on the mechanical condition of the vehicle. I had never considered hiring someone for general advice on a vehicle. It does seem like a few responders have given you some promising starting points. I hope it pans out to a major success for you.