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Pre-Purchase Inspection


Before you get too excited about that new vehicle, you might want to get a pre-purchase inspection (also referred to as a PPI). The experts at Brakes Plus can offer insight into the health of the vehicle before you decide to put pen to paper.

What Is A Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Simply put, a pre-purchase inspection is a detailed assessment of the condition of a vehicle – from its mechanical health, to its safety, down to its cosmetic appearance – before you purchase the vehicle. A certified technician will perform the PPI to ensure there are no existing conditions and to reveal any maintenance defects that could lead to problems in the future.

When Should I Get A Pre-Purchase Inspection?

We highly recommend a PPI when you're purchasing a vehicle without a warranty, or when the vehicle is located in another city – just to make sure you’re not buying what we in the industry refer to as a big, fat lemon.

When the car has no warranty, all the risk in the event of a breakdown or major mechanical issue falls directly on the buyer's shoulders. We believe it’s best to get a PPI before you invest all the time, money, energy, and emotion in a potential disaster.

If the vehicle you're purchasing is in another city, this can present a challenge if you're unable to take it on a test drive. With a simple phone call to the local Brakes Plus in that city, you can arrange a PPI on the vehicle. The resulting inspection report will give you added security when completing that long-distance transaction.

A pre-purchase inspection is easy and, better yet, it will provide peace of mind – potentially even saving you money in the end!

What Problems Can A Pre-Purchase Inspection Detect?

  • Wear and tear – We'll assess the condition of components like brake pads that wear down with time.

  • Hidden problems – Our exhaustive check can reveal engine or body issues that are not readily visible.

  • Improper repairs – This could mean faulty engine or body work, or poor installation of aftermarket parts.

  • Frame damage – Evidence of damage to the frame hints that the car has been in a serious accident.

  • Error codes – We can decipher codes from your vehicle's computer to find mechanical or electrical problems.

  • Other damage – We can uncover signs that the vehicle has suffered damage from events like a fire or flood.

Schedule your appointment for a pre-purchase inspection with us so you can rest easy knowing you're making the right decision!