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Old 08-16-14, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hello fellow members,

I am looking at a 2007 ES350 in Orange County (Mission Viejo, CA to be specific). I am out of state and trying to figure out the best way to inspect the car (body and mechanical).

I don't really trust the Lexus dealers since I have heard a lot of negative stuff about their inspections.

Can anyone recommend a place to have such an inspection done? Or maybe can perform such an inspection (paid, of course)?

Thank you everyone in advance!
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Pretty much any repair shop. Larger names such as Firestone (I work there), NTB, Pep Boys, etc, should be able to perform that service.

Make it very clear it is a prepurchase inspection.

I like it when people bring me prepurchase inspections - I get to inspect with a fine tooth comb and have no problems sharing all the bad that I find.
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But don't those shops just check the mechanical part during their pre-purchase inspection? I thought they don't pay any attention to the body and "cosmetics"
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You may not have great luck finding a shop that is great at both... something you can definitely ask when you arrive. We have spotted body and chassis repairs, but only those that are somewhat obvious. A really good body guy can tell if a cars been painted, how long ago and if they used the right paint - you won't find that at a repair shop, in general...
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Got it, Carchex and AIM Mobile Inspections do what they call them 150-point inspections. But those guys are usually scheduled 2-3 days out so the car might be gone by the time they get to it and you are stuck with fees.
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You can try Corner 3 garage in Laguna Hills, close by and good people.

http://www.corner3garage.com/
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Thanks! I'll give them a shot...
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