What is a pre-purchase inspection?

What does a pre-purchase inspection look at? I've read that a pre-purchase inspection can save you from buying a lemon.

“A pre-purchase inspection, or PPI, is an inspection given by an independent, qualified technician to determine the mechanical, cosmetic, and safety conditions of a given vehicle.
As far as who can give a PPI, it’s pretty wide open. Some companies offer these services, while getting one from a mechanic that you trust is also a viable option.
It can be a bit tricky to coordinate a PPI, especially if you’re buying a car far away. You usually have to take the car to a mechanic before buying it, and not every seller is comfortable with that.
If you can work with the seller to get the car to a mechanic, a PPI typically costs between $100 and $200 and y is well worth it to make sure you don’t buy a lemon.
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Answered on Aug 31, 2021
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