You May be Ready for a Road Trip, but is Your Vehicle Ready?

Consider a comprehensive inspection to make sure your vehicle is prepped & ready for long weekend trips and vacations this summer.

Auto-Road-Trip-Seattle-InspectionAfter the winter we’ve had, we need a good thaw in Spring and some fun in the sun this summer. For many of you, that may mean going further afield than our own Alki Beach or Lincoln Park.

If so, make sure your car can handle it

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting a couple of miles out of town and having a breakdown, major or minor, on the road. A comprehensive inspection prior to your vacation can give you peace of mind and help get you to your destination safely.

If you are in the planning stages of a road trip, we suggest a comprehensive inspection. The price isn’t prohibitive considering the fact that it’s a comprehensive overall inspection of the major systems in your vehicle.

This is the go-to service that can provide peace of mind that your car is in good condition when it comes to practical, functional use, and especially safety. It can also mean money back in your pocket long-term—as this is the service that will uncover potential issues before you have to experience them live as major hiccups or critical, late-stage, big-ticket repairs.

A great decision making tool

We actually suggest this service frequently, as it is a type of service that can help give us  a good look at the overall vehicle in many scenarios.

  • When you’ve got a long drive ahead. Memorial Day is coming up!
  • If you’re planning to purchase or sell a vehicle, this is a great service.
  • When you’re motivated to get your car into tip-top shape so your kids can drive it safely to school, practice, and the movies, comprehensive is what you want.

These are all excellent reasons to have a comprehensive inspection done on your vehicle!

As a pre-purchase inspection

It is always a good idea to have a comprehensive inspection done prior to purchasing a vehicle. And if the seller pushes back at all about having this – or any- pre-purchase inspection done, consider it a sign and move on to the next vehicle as fast as you can.

Increase the value of a car you are selling

It’s also helpful to have it done when selling a vehicle. Not only will it help you to be informed about any potential issues, but you could also fix those problems prior to selling and potentially increase the sale value of the car. 

Did you know?

Your vehicle’s manufacturer always publishes a recommended guideline for how often to have inspections on your car as well. All cars, makes and models have different dates and suggested timings for inspections and other types of services, but it’s always a good idea to follow the one recommended for your car.

Anytime is a good time to have an inspection done, whether there be a major reason or not. Just look at it as an investment into your car’s overall value and immediate safety. Can you really go wrong when looking at it that way?

Schedule a comprehensive inspection with us now so you can get on the road this summer.

 

Our Reviews

Tom's Automotive Service
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4.7 out of 5 stars

Denny and Jim
Denny and Jim

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I got a flat tire across the street from Tom's Automotive. Although they don't repair tires, they immediately sent over a technician to change my tire. They also filled it with air so I could make it safely to a tire shop, all free of charge. Thanks Adam and the friendly staff at Tom's Automotive for your great service!

Bethany Manahan
Bethany Manahan

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

My bosses were the ones that recommended me to see Tom's when I had my 'check engine' light on some time last year. They were very helpful, and kindly, turned the light off as there wasn't anything particularly wrong with my car. However, recently, my car was being looked at by them (as I've had other things happen to my car), and the staff helped me walk through the process of either furthering the fix or getting rid of my car. As someone who doesn't know anything about cars (oh boy), they really did a great job of explaining things to me. Thanks!

TJ Rawlinson
TJ Rawlinson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I had a great experience with Tom's. We had a good dialog, lots of great communication, and I am happy with the work done. Prices were as expected and no work was done that didn't need to be. I will be going back as needed.

Michael Mizell
Michael Mizell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I always take both my company vehicle and personal vehicles directly over to Tom's whenever I need issues taken care of...except for that one time I had to change a headlight in my Yukon. After struggling with trying to figure out how to take it out, I watched a YouTube video and followed all the steps. It turns out that you cannot simply take the headlight casing out, but you need to take the grill off first, then take the wheel well liner off (which I successfully completed) and then there is a hidden screw that needs to be removed. You cannot see this screw because it is tucked away behind the frame, and a standard socket wrench head is too large and will not work to remove. Feeling defeated, I called Tracy. He said to come on by and they took the screws out for me and helped replacing the headlight. I told him I wanted to at least pay something for the service but he refused to accept anything. These guys have always been good to me, and I appreciate their hard work and honesty.

Kt McVeigh
Kt McVeigh

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

They were very professional and helpful at all times - even when I didn't have time to use their services before I headed out of town, Casey spoke with me on the phone for upwards of 15 minutes to figure out what was wrong with my car, so I could get help elsewhere. Really stand-up place!