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eLemonator Dave

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PLEASE READ THIS NOTE


eLemonators Used Car Inspections your best choice for high quality service. We do not sell, buy, locate or repair automobiles. We also do not endorse any particular dealership nor do we accept perks of any kind from them. You can be assured of a totally unbiased assessment of the vehicle being tested. Always ask your pre-purchase inspectors if they are affiliated in any way to a dealership or if they sell or repair cars in addition to inspecting them. Car dealers or brokers have a vested interest in selling one of their cars to you instead of the one you want to buy. Repair shops have an interest in selling you their services. The eLemonators only performs pre-purchase inspections!


Choose your inspection service carefully. Check to see what parent or primary company they actually operate under and don’t be afraid to ask questions. A truly unbiased assessment can only be done by someone that does not have ulterior motives. 

Structural damage assessment and signs of previous damage are obtained visually and on the test drive. These assessments are carried out by a credentialed Auto Body and paint expert.

Paint thickness gauge pinpoints areas of repainted panels and previous damage that may not be detected by the naked eye. This gauge measures paint thickness, body filler and how much has been used for repairs. 

Maintenance history is determined by checking dip stick accessible fluid conditions and a review of  maintenance records that might be available about the car.

Cold Starting the engine and cold transmission tests are KEY in producing a proper assessment of the vehicle to be tested. Engine rattles, exhaust smoke, transmission slippage, are more evident when the car has not been driven for 6-8 hours.  We can actually do a cold start even if it’s 80 degrees outside.

Only the most sophisticated analyzing equipment is used to get to the root of potential problems that might be lurking under the hood.

On-board computer scanners are used to detect engine, transmission and emissions related problems that might effect overall reliability as well as safety equipment problems.

Our Ultrasonic Leak Detector can locate air and water leaks that will not be detected during a visual inspection with pin point accuracy. (optional test)

We use an Infrared Gas Analyzer to test tailpipe emissions as well as for early indications of head-gasket, engine block failure caused by either overheating or freezing of engine block. This is the ONLY truly accurate test for head gasket or engine block failure!

Battery load testing and charging system tests are performed so that you are not left out in the cold when the car doesn’t want to start.

All appliances are tested for proper operation. Heating and A/C systems incl. compressors, heater and engine cooling fans, venting, dual temp units, power steering and pump, and water pump leaks.

All lighting and accessories are tested whenever possible including cruise control, power windows, power seats, tilt, sunroof, rear defrost, mirrors, radio, power seats, guidance systems etc.

Interior damage from flood water, mold, wear, burns, odors, chemical spills, heavy grime, seat belts, pet damage, damage from collision, sun damage etc.

Tires and Brakes are observed for unusual wear and pending hazards. Wheels are not removed for brake inspection but visible disc brake wear will be noted when possible.

Overall condition is assessed including all cosmetic, safety and mechanical devaluations so that you can determine the actual value of the vehicle and make an acceptable offer to the seller.

Get involved with helping our planet stay greener by calling us for free consultation about a car you have in mind. Lets make sure it is as clean and as safe as it should be.

Our most popular comprehensive inspection at a glance.

Welcome

used car Buyers


Thank you for visiting our web-site. On the following pages you will find an abundance of information about how to choose the right car for your needs as well as how to save a great deal of money by being an informed consumer. The information contained in these pages will empower you with knowledge and supply you with the tools needed to make sound decisions during your pursuit of a quality automobile.

“Buy Used Cars With Confidence”

Serving the Portland Vancouver Metro area

Since 1991

A trusted auto inspection specialist endorsed by many of the most recognized automotive organizations in Portland. Totally unbiased and professional

Safety is our primary concern! All safety restraint systems and other safety related vehicle control systems are scrutinized carefully. You and your family need to know they will be as safe as possible. Please note that it is always a good idea to have these systems double checked  following our inspection because they can be wired to look as if they work and crash data is easily erased from controllers. The only way to find out for sure is to dismantle parts of the car which we do not do.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

Dave Bernard, owner of eLemonators Used Car Inspections is one of very few vehicle inspectors in the nation

that has an AAS degree in both Auto Tech and Auto body as well as an ASE Master certification. Dave has years of hands on experience and a thorough knowledge of the mechanical and structural body and frame components of todays sophisticated automobiles. We have over twenty years experience dealing exclusively with problems that exist in the used car market. We use high end computerized equipment to analyze advanced on-board systems and get a close, hands-on look into the areas that plug and play gadgets can’t see. It clearly requires more than simple computer game skills to check todays sophisticated automobiles. You could not make a better choice for a qualified used car inspector. We promise that! “we have been eLemonating cars since 1991”


        

An air jack is used to get to the bottom of things by lifting the car. We check the undercarriage for oil leaks, exhaust system condition, drivelines, suspension damage, structural damage, rust and corrosion. Our night vision camera crawls under the car to document all of it.

A Comprehensive Test Drive is performed to assess engine, transmission and braking performance, steering and handling, shakes and shimmies, chassis noises, and 4x4 systems if applicable.

IT’S NOT JUST AN INSPECTION,

IT’S A HELPING HAND ALONG THE WAY!


It starts with caring about what’s best for our customers and the environment


Honesty, experience and knowledge come together to form a professional used car pre-purchase inspection team serving the Portland, Vancouver, Metro area for over twenty years. We take great pride in offering you an outstanding, on-site inspection service that operates with the highest degree of ethical standards and performs accurate, technologically advanced testing to ensure that you end up with the right car. Our unparalleled customer support and knowledge base are the keys to a favorable outcome during the process of weeding out the overabundance of Lemon cars on the market that are just waiting to make your life miserable. It is quite likely that you or someone you know has had the unfortunate experience of getting stuck with an unsafe, useless car. Buying a bad used car can be very frustrating and even dangerous. In the unfortunate case that you do get stuck with a LEMON, you will not easily forget the challenges associated with having owned one. The only silver lining is that you are not likely to make the same mistake again. Let us help you avoid it all together. Mostly, we want to make sure that you are driving a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly automobile. This is what matters most to us.


As a valuable bonus, our inspection service also provides you with information that will help you negotiate a better price for the car you have in mind. Many of our customers find that the cost of our service is minuscule compared to what they save during the negotiation process.


HELPING YOU SAVE AND BE SAFE IS OUR GOAL AND IT’S WHAT WE DO BEST

Why we use our Selson air jack to lift the car off the ground for a look underneath

NO HIDDEN FEES! NO FALSE CLAIMS! NO FABRICATED REVIEWS!

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