Alliance Inspection Management (AiM) recently passed an important milestone with the company’s 60 millionth vehicle inspection. Kathy Lewis of Anchorage, Alaska, ordered the inspection which took place at a dealership in Sterling Heights, Mich., more than 3,800 miles away.
Lewis was in the market for a 2010 Chrysler 300, and located one online with just 20,319 miles that looked to be in good condition. She contacted the dealer, Sterling Heights Dodge, who suggested she visit to take the car for a test drive.
“Living in Anchorage, that wasn’t feasible, and I don’t have friends or family there who could go and look at the car for me,” said Lewis, who has lived in Alaska for over two decades. “AiM e-mailed the condition report to me within a couple of business days. It was a real good report – it got an ‘A’.”
AiM assigns a letter grade – A, B, C, D, or F – to vehicles it inspects, reflecting the current condition of the car or truck. In Lewis’ case, the four-year old car with just over 20,000 miles, in excellent running condition and with no body damage, received high marks after going through AiM’s rigorous, 150-point inspection.
“I noticed something on the wheels which concerned me,” she said. “I contacted the inspector, who called back right away and told me it was nothing to be concerned about, just residue from the brakes, which is normal.”
“The inspection confirmed for me that the car was in great shape, and made me comfortable in my decision to buy it. It’s beautiful, just gorgeous – I love that car. I’ll keep it forever.”
AiM employs a network of 400 full-time inspectors who provide independent, third-party condition reports on vehicles new and used, inspecting body panels, interiors, tires and more. For every vehicle inspected, AiM provides a comprehensive, electronic condition report, a “virtual vehicle” with information and photos that allows potential buyers to review and analyze a car prior to purchase.
The bulk of AiM’s inspections have been performed for auto manufacturers, dealers, captive finance companies, auction houses, and transportation companies. AiM, which lists Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Hyundai, Nissan, Avis Budget Group, Union Pacific, CSX and Tokio Marine among its clients, verifies the condition of new and used, off-lease and fleet vehicles at assembly plants, rail yards, ports, auction sites and dealerships across the country.
In 2010, AiM began providing consumers with vehicle inspections.
AiM’s vehicle condition reports allow buyers to make quicker decisions via online marketplaces, and aid sellers by providing transparency to the condition of the vehicle, reducing transportation costs and helping companies make better decisions farther upstream when deciding when and where to remarket their inventory.