Hunting for a used car can be an ordeal. Trying to find a good mechanic on short notice in an unfamiliar city for a pre-purchase inspection can be even harder. Lucky for us, fellow Yelpers tipped us off to Z's Car Center, and Delbert, the owner, was gracious enough to squeeze us into his busy (no, really) lineup within a couple of hours. Upon arrival, Delbert's easygoing but professional manner quickly put us at ease. So much so, I was beginning to wonder a) if I was really at an auto shop and b) if he'd notice that we were (ok, still are) female, ripe for the advantage-taking (Bad Past Experience rears its ugly head). As if on cue, while he was writing up the initial paperwork, a woman dropped by to give him fresh cucumbers as a small "thank you" for helping her relative on short notice. He was humble and grateful for the gesture. I thought, "Wow, this guy is the real deal"-- unless he had a call button under his desk for such occasions-- ok, that's just the Bad Past Experience talking again. After the inspection, Delbert took the time to explain each line item, answered any and all questions related (and unrelated) to the car, and offered sound advice on formulating a fair offer. He gave us ballpark figures for many of the needed repairs, but since he wanted to be as thorough as possible, he offered to call around for the parts and e-mail a more detailed and accurate estimate. Was Z's offering the cheapest inspection we found in town? No, but it offered a more thorough inspection for just a few bucks more than the dealerships. Did we get the car? Unfortunately, no; there's just no helping unrealistic expectations. On the bright side, we found an honest and reliable mechanic which, as many know, is Priceless.