What's included in a pre-purchase inspection?

What does a pre-purchase inspection look at? I'm going to get a pre-purchase inspection on a car I plan to buy.

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“When you get a pre-purchase inspection, or PPI, the inspector will go through a number of inspection processes. These include:
  • Checking for damage repair for accidents outlined on the vehicle history report.
  • Putting the vehicle on a lift for a more thorough look at the underpinnings.
  • Checking for rust or broken components or leaks.
  • Test driving to assess driving performance.
Some inspections may be more thorough than this, while others may be more of a cursory check. Either way, it’s worth the $100 to $200 to ensure that you aren’t buying a lemon.
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Answered on Aug 31, 2021
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