Going over the call of Duty and protecting our Children when purchasing their first vehicle. This is my announcement
I am a Oak Lawn resident and have been for many years. About 2 years ago I lost my oldest son to a devistated car crash. I was told that the vehicle he purchased was not up to safety standards. I have 5 children. I decided to make a change for my other children. My 16 year old and my 17 year old are ready to buy their first car. lacking the experience of what a car should be , I promised not to make the same mistake. When my daughter and son came to me and told they were going to buy their first vehicle on their own, all I asked them is to make sure the vehicle is safe for them to drive. i was going to the store when I seen a young man out in front in the parking lot with a computer in his hand looking at a car that was for sale. Forgetting that I had to go into the supermarket for items for a family BQ I sat there and watched this young man. After he was done I walked up to him as he was getting into his own vehicle I asked what it was that he was doing. He told me that he was inspecting a vehicle for a potential buyer. I proceeded to ask him what was his finding's, not all people when a stranger comes up to you to ask questions gives you the answeres you are looking for. But not this young man. He told me that he had to inform the new buyer that the vehicle has excessive frame damage to the back and front, that made the vehicle unsafe to drive. Unfortunatly the State of Illinois like other states do not need to have a safety inspection done yearly which I wished it did.
As I was sitting there talking to this young man I told him my story about my son and his fatal crash. I told him I have 5 other children and they are in the process of purchasing a vehicle. The young man gave me his business card and I hired him on the spot.
This young man has inspected over 59 car's for my two children. He went to several dealerships and looked at the car's for my kids.
My daughter wanted a Mazda 3, out of 30 different locations the inspector found the only vehicle that was safe for my daughter. So we purchased it on his recomendation.
My son wanted a Honda Civic, he not like my daughter was very picky about the color and the look. He wanted a Blue Civic and the inspector refered me to Continental Honda in Countryside Illinois. I went in and talked to the person who the inspector told me to talk to and within minutes we were looking at 4 to 5 blue civic's. My son found the vehicle he wanted. But not like my daughter he was eagar to buy and not have inspected. The salesmen told me that to be reassured that all vehicles are safety inspected. I told him of my story about my son, and not that I did not trust him that I still wanted the car done by my inspector I choose.
The salesmen and the dealership was understanding and they waited for my inspector to show up. As he walked in the door I stood up and he came right to me. he told me that he know's for sure that all vehicles at this dealership are worth buying and that I did not need a inspection because he would put his business on the line if he was wrong. But thinking of my son I asked him to do it anyways. After a half hour he came in and told the car was 100% safe and that we should purchase it. So we did. About 3 months ago my son who bought the civic was in a accident, a drunk driver on 95th street hit him head on and every safety device in the car was activated. It was not too bad of a crash and the insurance company agreed to fix it. So I called the Inspection Company and asked them to perform the inspection when it was completed. They agreed to do so. About 3 to 4 weeks later the car was finished. Before I would let my son drive off with itm the same inspector who did the vehicles for me arrived. What usually takes him 30 to 40 minutes to do a inspection he came out in 15 minutes and asked for us to go outside.
He told me and son that the bodyshop did a good repair job but the vehicle is no longer safe for him to drive, if was involved in another crash that it could be fatal. He did tell me that not all second front end crashes are dangerous, but that because every part in the front of the vehicle was replaced that we would have a 50/50 chance. I did not want to take those odds and decided to buy him another vehicle, brand new this time. I asked the inspector, why he did not take so long doing the inspection. His reply was to me and my son. "I know how you are" and "I would be lieing if I told you the car is safe" I have 3 children of my own and I would want them protected as well" My son was dissapointed but he understood how I felt.
We have the civic sitting in our driveway and I show all my friends and neighbor's who are about to buy their kids a car for the first to look at the vehicle very closely. I will be using this company again in the future, for my other children they have a few years yet to drive so I am not to worried as of yet.
I recomend this company to all parents who have children driving their first car to be inspected. No parent should have to bury their children because of a unsafe vehicle.