How We Recondition Vehicles

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Why Reconditioning Used Vehicles Is Crucial

Deciding between a new vehicle or pre-owned car poses some tough questions for shoppers. Both options have plenty of positives and very few negatives. For the purpose of this article we’re going to discuss pre-owned, or used vehicles. Used vehicles for sale can be a really good selection as long as you’re receiving a quality vehicle that’s been properly inspected and maintained.

Too often, the main factor driving a decision to purchase a used vehicle is price. While price is very important and should be considered, it can be deceiving as well. At Vern Eide, we treat every vehicle with the utmost importance so you’re driving away with a reliable vehicle that you can always count on to keep you safe.


So what’s the difference between a used car for sale from Vern Eide versus another used car dealer? It all starts with the inspection. Our team will drive every vehicle we trade for or buy. Our trained professionals will check more than oil leaks and windshield wipers. Starting with a mechanical checklist, our team reviews the entire vehicle from bumper to bumper. We highlighted the most important areas our team inspects. This is not the full list and should be reviewed by every dealership along with questions that should be asked:

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Mechanical Aspects of Vehicle Reconditioning

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  • Do they make any strange noises? Grinding or squeaking can be a sign you need new brakes.
  • Does the vehicle pull to the left or right?
  • Does the parking brake work properly?
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  • Does the engine emit any odors?
  • Does the exhaust emit any smoke? (Blue or black are especially bad signs.)
  • Does the engine leak any oil or fluids?
  • Are there any strange noises, ticks, hisses, etc.?
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  • Does the vehicle shake or vibrate?
  • Is there any resistance from the steering wheel when turning?
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  • Do the tires have any cuts or cracks?
  • What is the tread? Is it evenly worn?
  • Is there a spare and is it properly inflated?

Cosmetic Elements of Vehicle Reconditioning

After the mechanical checklist has been completed we move on to the cosmetic elements. How your vehicle drives is of the utmost importance, but we also want to ensure the vehicle will look its best and all features work as intended. The list below is just a few of the areas we inspect:

  • Dents or scratches on the exterior
  • Doors, trunk, and hood open and close properly
  • Headlights, tail lights, and directional lights all work
  • Rust in door edges, hinges, trunk, or elsewhere
  • Trim pieces are in place
  • Technology like radio, speakers, and CD player all work
  • Rips, tears, etc. on seats
  • Overall interior blemishes
  • Windshield cracks
  • Air conditioning works
  • Heater works
  • Seats all adjust


We didn’t cover every area of inspection, but we wanted to give you an idea how important the reconditioning process is to us. Every used car dealership in Sioux Falls should have a thorough reconditioning process. Unfortunately, this is not the case. This is one of the major reasons why it’s ultra important to identify a dealership that goes beyond just price.

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Once we have identified all aspects that will require reconditioning, we get to work. The amount of time it takes to recondition a vehicle will depend on what needs to be replaced. While some vehicles can take up to one week to get ready, others might take longer, with the ultimate goal of preparing the vehicle to our high standards. We don’t cut corners at Vern Eide. It’s part of the Eide Effect and one of the many reasons we’ve been able to stay in business since 1965. If you’re looking for a used car dealership in Sioux Falls that has the proper facilities and equipment to recondition every vehicle, look no further to your friends at Vern Eide.

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