It makes sense to compare pricing. But are you getting and paying for the same type of inspection, by the same type of Technician?
1) There are no standardizations for a pre-purchase inspection. Any mechanic can say they perform inspections. Remember, any existing problems not discovered during the inspection becomes your problems after the sale.
2) Auto P. I employs only ASE Certified Master Technicians and Body & Frame Specialists to perform pre-purchase inspections.
3) Auto P. I. has always guaranteed their inspections.
4) Once you understand the differences between in pre-purchase inspections (below), our price of $149.00* is a great value.
For over 18 years, Auto P. I. has helped used car buyers avoid purchasing vehicles with existing problems. Please read what our customers say about our comprehensive pre-purchase inspections on Yelp and Google.
Auto P. I. vans are fully equipped with all the necessary diagnostic tools, hydraulic lifts, and computer testing equipment to perform the PPI. We go directly to the vehicle and normally provide same day service. We do not perform any type of repairs, so we have no conflict of interest.
There can be huge differences in the quality and comprehensiveness pre-purchase inspections, depending which Automotive Technician inspects the vehicle.
A pre-purchase inspection needs to be performed by an Automotive Technician that has been tested and certified on all 8 general automotive areas. However, today's vehicles have become so complex that most Automotive Technicians are certified on one or more of the 8 areas. These Technicians are "ASE Certified" but only one a few the 8 areas. 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 certified on the mechanical and electrical systems. The Technician should be also a Body & Frame Specialist to detect current and previous accident damage and let you know the quality of any previous accident repairs.