Auto Repair Services

Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

How do you know what you’re getting into if you don’t know what you’re getting into? Our vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspections will give you peace of mind that the pre-owned vehicle you’re considering is what it claims to be.

How much does it cost?

Our standard charge for inspecting a vehicle that you are considering purchasing is 1 hour of labor (currently at $119).

What items are evaluated during our pre-purchase inspection?

There is a long list of items that our experts will evaluate during this process. Here is a copy of the pre-purchase vehicle checklist that our staff will fill out and provide to you once the inspection is completed.

Our Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection Includes The Following:

Under the Hood

  • Engine Oil Level/Condition
  • Brake Fluid Level/Condition
  • Coolant Hoses/Radiator/Cap
  • Accessory Drive Belt Condition
  • Battery Cold Cranking Amps
  • Battery Terminals/Cable Ends
  • Clutch Fluid Levels
  • A/C Operation/Condenser/Lines/Compressor Oil Leaks

Under Car

  • Differential Fluid/Breather Vent Operation
  • Tire DOT Numbers
  • Tire Condition/Inflation/Spare & Jack
  • CV Joint Boots/Drive Axles/Propeller Shafts/U-Joints
  • Steering Rack Boots/Steering Linkage
  • Shock/Strut Condition
  • Brake Friction Components/Hydraulic
  • Transmission Fluid Level/Condition/Clutch


  • Horn operation
  • Lights (Including Instrument Cluster Illumination, Dome, and Courtesy)
  • Warning Lamps/Gauge Function
  • Cruise Control Operation & Disengagement Modes
  • Seat Adjustability/Seat Belt Operation
  • Latches/Locks/Window Regulators
  • Cloth/Upholstery Condition/Leather Condition


  • Exterior Lights (Including tail, turn, side marker, main, and high beam)
  • Body Damage & Rust (including underneath the car)
  • Windows & Windshield (cracks, trim, etc.)

Why choose Virginia Tire & Auto?

There is a reason why customers continue to come back to Virginia Tire & Auto over their dealers. We provide unmatched service to customers at our 12 NoVA Virginia Tire & Auto locations and Main Street Shell in Fairfax. At each of our locations, you will find comfortable lounges, free coffee and tea, and options like loaner cars so your life does not have to stop for car care. We are committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied with our service.

Our Difference.

We’re different from other repair shops. We invest heavily in our employees, tools, and facilities to ensure that experts with the right equipment service your vehicle in a clean, friendly environment. Our technicians work hard to stay on top of repair technology and tire services. We believe in being friendly, helpful and honest with every customer who comes through our doors.

We service all major automotive brands.

We service all major automotive brands including Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Our Guarantee

We’re 100% committed to making sure you’re 100% satisfied. It’s been 40 years of doing things the right way and that’s why it’s part of our culture to make sure you’re in the most friendly, comfortable, and honest environment possible. And it’s also why our warranty not only covers all our services, but will be honored at all our locations, too.

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