We provide complete
mechanical service and repairs to all of the vehicles in which
we specialize. This includes services such as:
Check out for Purchase
Everyone wants to get a great
car at a bargain price. But a cheap price on a car may mean you
are buying expensive repairs you don’t know about yet – and that
is no bargain.
At Cruizer's, we will perform
the following checks in our Check out for purchase:
Examination - Open all doors including the hood and trunk.
Check for rust, weld marks, or a bent frame. Examine the
muffler, tail pipe and exhaust pipe. Under The Hood - Check
fluids. Examine hoses and belts for wear.
System - Start the engine and check all accessories such as
gauges, radio, wipers, etc. one at a time. Check the horn
and all lights.
Conditioning - Does the system blow cool air quickly? Is it
low on refigerant? Is the compressor noisier than is normal,
indicating a possible failing compressor?
- Does it idle smoothly? Is its highway performance OK? Are
there any unusual noises?
Train - During road test check smoothness of shifting or
- Push down on the car's corners, front and back. If it
continues to bounce more than one and a half times the
shocks may be worn. View the car from a distance; an unlevel
car may indicate weak suspension.
- On a straight, level stretch be sure the steering wheel
pulls neither to the left nor right. When rounding a corner
it should return straight ahead smoothly.
- Examine tread and general condition. On the road test,
listen for thumping or whining of faulty tires.
- Driving between 30-40 mph, with no one behind you, apply
the brakes. If they pull in either direction, there's a
problem. Apply slight pressure on the brake pedal at a speed
of about 5 mph; check for an intermittent surge indicating
drums or rotors that may be out of round.
- Simply because a car has high mileage doesn't mean you
shouldn’t consider it. It may be in better condition than
one with fewer miles. Owner's manuals emphasize that low
mileage cars which have been victims of "stop and go
driving" (several trips in one day of 10 miles or less) may
fall into the "severe service" category. Not only is this
type of driving tough on a vehicle, it requires special
servicing the owner may have overlooked.
Records - Ask for service records. Many private owners
proudly display their maintenance history books as a selling
point. A new car dealer may provide this information if the
vehicle originally was purchased and serviced there.
When you've narrowed the
field and made your final choice, invest in a comprehensive
inspection by a qualified technician.