Buying a Car with Confidence: Invest in a Pre-purchase Inspection!


Everyone agrees that a vehicle is a major purchase. But many people skip one of the most vital components of the car-buying process: the pre-purchase inspection. Why? Here are the top two reasons:

  • Vehicles are expensive and many car buyers want to make the purchase for as little money as possible.
  • Car buyers assume that getting a prospective car off-property for an inspection will be an aggravation in terms of time and seller reluctance.
  • Vehicles are an expensive purchase, so you’ll want to be sure you’re choosing a good one before you sign on the dotted line. A pre-purchase inspection will give you that confidence. And if the inspection reveals any issues, you can choose to walk away from that particular car or negotiate a lower price based on the repairs needed.

    As for number two, a little pre-shopping planning to arrange an inspection ensures that it will not take much time at all. And most sellers are happy to have your mechanic inspect the vehicle. If you meet someone who’s not, you might consider that a red flag.

    So what should you expect in a pre-purchase inspection? At minimum, look for the following:

  • Inspect tires, brakes, belts, and engine parts
  • Check fluids and examine for leaks
  • Assess functions of all lights and wipers
  • Test drive to assess general performance: brakes, acceleration, suspension, etc.
  • An inspection will also reveal any possible dodgy repair work, just in case your potential new ride is hiding a skeleton or two in the closet. Even more importantly, pre-purchase inspections don’t just uncover what’s wrong with a vehicle; they also highlight what’s right. So you know if you’re getting a good deal.

    And one more important point to consider: if you’re buying a car for your kids to drive, you’ll want to make certain it’s a safe one. The minor cost of a pre-purchase inspection is well worth your peace of mind.

    At North Fulton Auto Center, our ASE certified technicians will thoroughly examine your car-to-be so you can go into the deal fully informed about what you’re buying. And at a typical cost of $65, a pre-purchase inspection is a little money very well spent.

    For more information, call North Fulton Auto Center at 770-343-9027.


    Is Your AC Primed for the Summer Onslaught?


    Spring. One of the nicest times of the year in Atlanta. Blue skies, blooming flowers and trees, warmer temperatures. . . . Speaking of temperatures, spring’s warm weather is just a hint of the dog days to come. Is your AC up to the challenge?

    You may not have thought about your car’s air conditioning lately, but it’s time! Better to get it checked out now than to take the chance of it conking out in rush hour traffic. In August.

    North Fulton Auto Center will provide a thorough performance assessment of your vehicle’s AC system. Our highly-trained technicians will:

  • Visually inspect all major components, such as the compressor, condenser, and evaporator. Are they dirty? Are there any visible cracks or defects?
  • Examine the drive belt and all hoses, lines, and seals. Do they look worn? Are there any cracks? Are there any loose fittings or connections?
  • Evaluate fan operation, as well as sensors and electrical controls. Are the fans functioning at peak capacity? Is the temperature setting correct?
  • Check refrigerant levels and recharge if necessary.
    NFAC’s standard AC service is $79.95, including labor and refrigerant. As always, new clients receive 10% off.

    If our regular AC service indicates a leak, we can perform an additional analysis. By injecting fluorescent dye into the system, our techs can determine where the leak is, no matter how small it may be, and take steps to repair it.

    Summer will be here before you know it. Make sure you’re ready! Call NFAC at 770-343-9027 to schedule your car’s AC service.


    NFAC’s “Top Shop” Status Means Quality You Can Trust


    Finding a reputable, honest and reasonably-priced car care center can be a stressful experience. Even if you ask around for recommendations, how can you be sure you’ll get the best quality service for your money? Is there any way to minimize your risk in an area where most of us feel like fish out of water?

    That’s where’s Top Shop program comes in. Only car care facilities that have gone through a demanding approval process with RepairPal’s certified master mechanics merit the Top Shop distinction. North Fulton Auto Center (NFAC) is proud to have successfully undertaken RepairPal’s stringent screening, earning us Top Shop honors.

    Just what did this process demand? First, NFAC completed a comprehensive assessment and furnished documentation to verify each part of the assessment, including:

    - Our technicians’ qualifications and certifications

    - Our tools and technology

    - Our business procedures

    RepairPal also conducted an online reputation appraisal by investigating customer reviews on sites like the BBB, Google, Yelp, and City Search. RepairPal then hired an outside company to carry out an in-depth customer survey, using our customer database. NFAC’s customer reviews were decisively positive.

    But that’s not all. Facilities that earn the Top Shop designation must be the cream of the crop in every way. NFAC is happy to provide a safe, friendly environment that’s comfortable for everyone in the family (even pets!). Our waiting area furnishes WIFI, HDTV, beverages, artwork, and reading materials to make your visit pleasant.

    What does this mean for you? Simply put, peace of mind. NFAC’s Top Shop designation guarantees that when you bring your vehicle to us for maintenance or repair, you can be sure you’ll receive excellent service at a fair price.

    To learn more about RepairPal and the Top Shop program, visit their website at