Any automotive company, repair shop, or person can say they perform pre-purchase inspections (PPI). However there will be huge differences in the quality and comprehensiveness of the inspection, which is always dependent on the experience level of the Automotive Technician.
To properly perform a pre-purchase inspection, the Automotive Technician should be certified on all 8 general automotive areas. Today's vehicles have become so complex that most automotive Technicians are just "ASE Certified" meaning they are certified on 1 or more of the 8 automotive areas. However, only an ASE Master Certified Technician is certified on all 8 mechanical and electrical areas of the vehicle.
A pre-purchase inspection should include all mechanical and electrical systems PLUS a Body & Frame inspection. ASE Master Technicians are only certified on the mechanical and electrical systems. This requires a Body & Frame Specialist to detect current and previous accident damage and the quality of any previous accident repairs.
Auto P. I. vans are fully equipped with all the necessary diagnostic tools, hydraulic lifts, and computer testing equipment. We go directly to the vehicle and normally provide same day service. We do not perform any type of repairs, so there is no conflict of interest. We have been used by the BBB, Attorney General's Office, and our inspection processes have been featured 3 times on ABC NEWS 20/20. Auto P. I. has a BBB rating of A+ and please visit Yelp and read what our customers say about our pre-purchase inspections.
Once you compare "apples to apples" and understand what is needed to get a proper pre-purchase inspection, our price of $139* is a great value.