I was selling my Jeep Cherokee and the buyer wanted to get it inspected before purchasing it. The buyer decided to go to this location since it was close to our work but neither of us had been there. The Jeep that I was selling had annual tune-ups at the dealership and was in good shape but not great. There were some cosmetic issues but according to the Jeep dealership, the engine and rest were working correctly. Upon taking the car to this place to get inspected, they said it required $2800 to pass. Now I don't know much about cars and fixing them up, but I could sense something was off when it came to issues they were bringing up. One was that the front bumper had a crack in it. I was expecting them to say that it needs to be replaced since it would not function correctly with a crack in it similar to a motorcycle helmet. But the inspector said that it barely passed because it wouldn't catch someone's pants if they walked by and snagged themselves on it. What does this have to do with how a car functions? Obviously they get to pick and choose who gets to pass inspection which also puts money in their pocket so there is clearly a conflict of interest. This is a big problem in the state of Maryland (among many other things) and one that may never change. I couldn't give this a 1 star since they seemed to be thorough and were very nice to work with that day and quick. Just be cautious because we took the car to another state inspector and the only thing that had to be changed were the brake pads (this place also said to change those) and it cost $200. This is a large margin of error between two places looking at the same car. Be warned.
Marty, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Getting a vehicle inspected before selling or buying is always recommended. My service director and I took a brief moment to check our service history and the last Jeep Cherokee that was inspected, let alone serviced here, was November 2017--and it passed so I would really like a chance to review your particular invoice, inspection report and visit notes and make sure we were in fact the facility that took care of you, your vehicle and your buyer. To clarify a few points on the bumper in particular COMAR states "Reject Vehicle If: Abnormal protrusions or conditions are present which could be hazardous to persons." When it comes to inspections, we do not get to pick and choose who passes and who does not; we are mandated to follow Maryland COMAR. When it comes to how your vehicle is repaired, we will make recommendations that meet not only the COMAR criteria, but also those that in the best interests of the customer, the vehicle and our company. So again, I invite you to please contact me so I can see the variance for myself because I wholeheartedly agree the margin is large.
- A Anthony Mobile Vehicle Service, Inc.