DT Guest Post: Jewel Or Jalopy: Pre Purchase Inspections By Car Enthusiasts

We’ve all been
there – you’ve found a car on Daily Turismo that looks great, but you know that
the vague descriptions and out-of-focus photos in many car ads can easily hide
potentially expensive and time-consuming issues.  You want to know more but y
ou’re not
ready to ask the seller to take the car to a mechanic for a full-blown
inspection. What you want is someone knowledgeable who can go look at it, check
it out, and report back. That’s where Jewel or Jalopy comes in. (Ed Itor: This is a guest post from Ian and Kim Lomax @ jewelorjalopy.com.  No money exchanged hands, no tit-for-tat, JorJ didn’t buy us a t-bone steak, an autographed picture of Amanda Bynes or a box of matches…nutthin…but I keep checking the mailbox each day.)

Jewel or
Jalopy (
jewelorjalopy.com), the first website of its kind, connects
car buyers to a local, knowledgeable car enthusiast to perform a pre-purchase
inspection (PPI) on the vehicle.


If you find a car
for sale in another state, you can search for a car enthusiast that lives near
the car to check it out for you. Inspectors can verify the details in the ad,
take digital photos of the car, check for damage, take the vehicle for a test
drive and report back to you.  Or, if the
car is located nearby, you might want an extra set of eyes and a neutral,
knowledgeable voice to help with the transaction. 

Jewel or Jalopy inspectors range from car enthusiasts who
have owned or maintained a specific type of car and know the key areas to
inspect, to certified mechanics and owners of restoration shops who have
experience with multiple types of cars. Some inspectors are marque experts and
concours judges, while others are editors at major classic car magazines. The
one thing they have in common is that they are all car enthusiasts.

Find an inspector
now!  Or if you’re a car enthusiast,
create a profile that showcases your car knowledge and start earning money from
your car knowledge. Learn more at: www.jewelorjalopy.com.

DT Editor Note: Jewel or Jalopy is a great resource for long distance car shoppers and a must have for buying a make/model that is unfamiliar to you.  Better yet, even if you’ve already bid/won a car on ebay, you can still use JorJ to inspect it before putting down any money because all bids on ebay motors are non-binding per eBay’s user policy.  A car may look great in the photos/desc, but only a good in person inspection will tell the entire story.

Photo credits: Daily Turismo.