Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspection Manual (Author Interview)

Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspection Manual looks like a wonderful car buying guide.  Any plans to release similar vehicle guides? We would like to. Since we are active inspectors, most of our day is spent at repair facilities and dealerships. If time permits we would like to provide the public with more useful information.

What will readers get out of your guide? Readers will get several techniques and procedures that professional inspectors use on a daily basis. I am fortunate to have a background as a technician and as an inspector. This is important because sometimes technicians and inspectors look at vehicles in a different way; especially when it comes to finding previous body work, water damage, etc.

What inspired you when writing Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspection Manual? I would say years and years of hearing not so good stories on used vehicle buying experiences. That is not to say that every pre-owned purchase experience is negative. There are some good dealerships (and individual owners) who are on the up and up when it comes to selling vehicles. Unfortunately, there are just as many negative experiences.

When did you decide to become a writer? I would say, within the last three to four years. Mainly after speaking with people who bought cars that turned out to be less than desirable.

I would sometimes meet people after they purchased a pre-owned vehicle. Some were fortunate to purchase a vehicle that was in decent condition, while others were not so lucky. In addition, I met a lady several years ago who said she would prefer to buy a used car, but did not know how to go about it. We figured that we could share some of the techniques and procedures that we use in the field.

When writing Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspection Manual did anything stand out as particularly challenging? Trying to get across certain inspection procedures in a simplistic way. That is one of the reasons we added multiple ways or techniques to find previous body repairs, water damage, engine issues, etc.

How did you come up with the concepts and ideas in Pre-Owned Vehicle Inspection Manual? I spent ten years as Mercedes Benz Technician. I had additional experience with BMW, Jaguar and (smaller amount) Porsche. For the past 19 years or so I have been a vehicle inspector. This includes end of lease, mechanical breakdown, engine performance, lemon car and pre-purchase inspections. Over the years you develop different ways of detecting or noticing certain issues. Not to mention, I was fortunate enough to attend some really good training over the years. In addition, I also received really good training and tips from the technicians who gave me my start in the business.

What do you like to do when not writing? Spending time with family and friends.

How can readers discover more about you and your work?
They can visit our website. The URL is