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Old 03-10-10, 09:27 PM   #1
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Just bought this 2000 Lexus GS300. For $130, the dealer will do a complete inspection on the car. Has anyone done this? Is it worth it, or will I get the you need this and this...just so they can try and get more money from you. Thanks in advance for any useful information
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Did you buy the car from the dealer? Should've had the car inspected before you bought it...not after.
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it probably would have been worth it to do the inspection before you bought the car used. a lot of people take it to a reputable place like a dealership or a good mechanic to see if the car checks out fine to make sure they won't be ripped off before they purchase the car.

you could actually inspect most of the things yourself such as brakes, fluids, suspension parts, filters etc. there are lots of threads for tune ups and such, so since you already bought the car my opinion would be to save the money and use it for tune up parts. good luck!
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Did you buy the car from the dealer? Should've had the car inspected before you bought it...not after.
Obviously, I would have if I did....but I did not.
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Obviously, I would have if I did....but I did not.
You still could've before you bought it lol.

If the seller was hesitant that you wanted to get it inspected, then something's obviously up.
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OK, I think I misled the question. I bought this from a friend. It is already done, and I accept the consequences if it does have hidden issues. I am only asking if anyone has done the inspection and if they thought it was worth it. So far, the car has been driving awesome.
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Oh ok.

I don't think it's worth it. You can check for this stuff yourself.
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OK, I think I misled the question. I bought this from a friend. It is already done, and I accept the consequences if it does have hidden issues. I am only asking if anyone has done the inspection and if they thought it was worth it. So far, the car has been driving awesome.
There's this awesome Lexus dealer near me that is actually honest, and it is Classic Lexus. Before I bought my 02 GS3, I had called them and asked them about their inspection. The owner at that time told me the car was fully serviced at that dealer, so I gave the dealer the VIN. Lexus service told me that the car recently had an oil change like a week before I had called, and that most/all the stuff they do in the inspection of the car is/was covered during the oil change, so there was no need to bring in the car for the inspection.

How awesome was that?? A lexus dealer actually telling the customer no need for an added expense. Needless to say, I make the extra trip out to that particular lexus dealer for warranty repairs/parts So basically, to answer your question, it really depends on how often the car was maintained.

BTW, congrats on the car, and welcome!
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IMHO, inspection is just visual. It's not worth it to pay $100 + just to visually look like suspension, brakes, fluids, etc. You can just bring it to any mechanic shop and get an inspection for cheaper. And where ever you choose to do the service is up to you. Hope that helps.
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