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    Default Good mechanic for a 170

    Anyone have any good suggustions for a good mechanic for a prebuy/annual?

    Appreciate the help.

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    Mitch or scott at precision plus, Mike at MLJ aircraft repair, Grey morris at M&M aircraft repair. All good Mech at birchwood. Problem is all are out hunting at the moment.

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    Thanks for the contacts, won't be for a little bit, currently down in Texas for wildland fires.

    Anyone want to run me through (verbally) how a pre buy usually goes? Does the mechanic just go through everything, and say what looks good, what looks bad....etc.

    Thanks

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    If you're serious about buying the plane (assuming it proves worthy) just do a full annual. A good mechanic should steer you that way, too. IF you're serious. Most of the quality mechanics I know won't do "pre purchase" inspections, anyway. An annual inspection is just that. An inspection. Correcting problems is where the real money gets spent. Differentiating between airworthy and not airworthy will look different from your perspective compared to the seller's. The real negotiations start at that point. Good luck.

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    Mr. Pid is correct! I always recommended to my customers to have me do an annual inspection on the prospective aircraft. I also recommended that the current owner and prospective owner be there and assist in the inspection. They can save me time by opening pannels and removing seats, etc. while I did the actual inspection they were paying me for. Any issues that were found could be discussed right then and there. Usually, the buyer payed for the annual inspection and then any repairs could be negotiated into the cost of the sale. By the end of the day, the owner felt like he was treated fairly and the buyer understood the actual condition of his purchase. Most issues though were found during the inspection of the records and not the actual aircraft. I have found that an active, opperating aircraft will have fewer issues all around than an aircraft that has been allowed to sit and languish for several years. I'm not saying that a neglected aircraft will always have serious issues, just that an active aircraft will usually be up to date on it's maintenance and records.
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    I use Russell Smoot at Plane Maintenance on Merrill for my annuals (C-185). He owns a 170, so he knows them, too. 272-1177

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adison View Post
    Mr. Pid is correct! I always recommended to my customers to have me do an annual inspection on the prospective aircraft. I also recommended that the current owner and prospective owner be there and assist in the inspection. They can save me time by opening pannels and removing seats, etc. while I did the actual inspection they were paying me for. Any issues that were found could be discussed right then and there. Usually, the buyer payed for the annual inspection and then any repairs could be negotiated into the cost of the sale. By the end of the day, the owner felt like he was treated fairly and the buyer understood the actual condition of his purchase. Most issues though were found during the inspection of the records and not the actual aircraft. I have found that an active, opperating aircraft will have fewer issues all around than an aircraft that has been allowed to sit and languish for several years. I'm not saying that a neglected aircraft will always have serious issues, just that an active aircraft will usually be up to date on it's maintenance and records.
    Excellent answer.

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    I do prebuys for 100 dollars just send me a picture and a check.
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