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Road Ready Certified - Classic Car Inspections


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We’ve undertaken our fair share of road trips for Hagerty Classic Cars magazine — from traversing historic Route 66 to a family amusement park adventure in a classic wagon — and we’ve learned a lot along the way. The lesson that resonated the most, however, was the importance of a professional pre-purchase inspection. See Exhibit A: Our calamity-filled Route 66 trip in which the shop tasked with the all-important inspection lets us down spectacularly. Luckily, for our Hagerty Family Vacation we enlisted the assistance of Road Ready Certified from ClassicCars.com. Road Ready Certified sends a qualified inspector to the seller's business or residence to actually lay a set of eyeballs on your prospective purchase. Road Ready Certified inspects not just the cosmetics but some of the all-important mechanical systems like brakes, power steering, tires, etc. It doesn't get as detailed or invasive as a compression test, but any smoke, funny noises, dirty oil, etc., are noted so that the prospective purchaser can take further action as warranted. The cost is generally under $300. The result for us was good. Our classic American road trip in a '71 Olds Vista Cruiser that had been inspected by Road Ready Certified went off without a hitch and we felt like we already knew the car when it arrived based on the detailed report from Road Ready Certified.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/Articles/2012/11/09/Road-Ready-Certified

#2

No compression test? That seems like a pretty important test!


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Road Ready Certified is now under new ownership. It is called Road Ready Inspections, and they have Certified Inspectors Nationwide. Here is their new website: https://www.roadreadyinspections.com

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