Buying a vehicle isn’t an easy decision to make, especially if it is on the pre-owned market. For a purchase that large, you want to make sure that it is a good purchase that will last you for a while. The best way to backup your purchase is to get a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) from a qualified auto technician. A PPI is a detailed assessment that gives you a better picture of what the vehicle looks like and how it is doing, inside and out. The mechanic will let you know if there are any problems or concerns with the vehicle. What Does a Pre-Purchase Inspection Include? A PPI typically involves a very thorough visual inspection of the car, including some of its most important and expensive components, such as the engine, brakes, cooling system, body, and more. During the PPI, a professional tech will also hook a scan tool up to the car to perform a diagnostics test. At most auto repair facilities, a test drive will be done too. This helps us look for any unusual signs, sounds, or smells when the vehicle is running. How Can a Pre-Purchase Inspection Benefit You?  When buying a used car, you should be very careful in trusting the seller. A PPI is an unbiased examination that may reveal any underlying problems that the car may have. In the end, it can give you more information, some of which may be useful to help you negotiate a better deal. If you want peace of mind before buying a pre-used vehicle, a PPI is for you. How Much Does a PPI Cost? The cost of a pre-purchase inspection varies depending on the make and model of the vehicle, where the PPI is getting done, and the experience of the automotive technicians that are performing the inspection.  If you’re interested in getting a PPI at Rainier Automotive, feel free to give our auto experts a call or visit today! You’re also welcome to schedule an appointment online at your convenience.