Mark J. Allen is the founder of the Auto Detectives (www.auto-detectives.com). He has over thirty five years of experience in the automotive industry and holds Master certificates in five specialties. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the United States on used vehicle buyer’s inspections! Mr. Allen is an A.S.E. Master Certified Technician in automobiles and body & paint. He is also an A.S.E. Certified Collision Damage Appraiser. He is certified by the International Auto Appraisers Association in Vehicle Appraising. He is a factory trained Master Technician for Honda and Volkswagen. Mark has extensive experience working with Ford, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Nissan, Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, Isuzu, General Motors, and Chrysler. He is also a trained automobile inspector with experience in mechanical breakdown claims, body & paint, condition reports, lease returns, pre-purchase, fire & theft, cash & diminished value appraisals, and Better Business Bureau arbitrations. He is experienced in inspecting and appraising recreational vehicles and watercraft. He is a former inspector for Ford, Nissan, Infiniti, Toyota, Lexus, and General Motors. His credentials have earned him acceptance as an approved mechanical expert witness in legal cases and he is experienced in digital photography and court depositions. Mark has added valuable management and business development experience with the implementation of the national inspection business where he supervised over 300 inspectors nationwide. He has also been a General Manager for Bridgestone, Firestone, and Goodyear. Recently he has put his talents to work for the Ford Motor Co. as a Master Certified Service Manager and Master Service Advisor. The Auto Detectives (www.auto-detectives.com), an Automobile and R/V inspection company, was created in 1996 to protect used car buyers in the United States. They were a mobile service and would send one of their A.S.E. Certified Master Inspectors out to a remote location to perform a 201-point inspection. Their inspection included checking inside to make sure all the equipment was operational. They made a determination if the mileage was correct and matched the condition of the vehicle during their odometer rollback check. The vehicle was then checked for evidence of flood damage. They checked the exterior for evidence of collision damage repairs or prior repaint.
They also checked the undercarriage for rust, frame damage or external fluid leaks. All the mechanical components were checked and the vehicle was taken for an extensive test drive. They would perform the inspection at any remote location, making it a very convenient and affordable service available by appointment 7 days a week for only $189.95 (Pre-Buyers Inspection). The pre-purchase buyers inspection could also be used as a Sellers or Pre-Certification Inspection. For an extra charge this inspection included digital photographs and a digital written report that could be posted to any website. All inspections were backed with a written report. This report was available to consumers by phone, fax, email, snail mail, or on the website. Mark was on the lookout for used car lots who would consider selling Auto Detectives Certified Used Vehicles when he decided to downsize the company and focus on the Phoenix market exclusively. Now he offers his own personal services to consumers in Arizona. The media took an interest in the consumer protection services offered by the Auto Detectives () in the late 1990’s. Prime