Some vehicles have issues. If you're a good mechanic or trained to look at vehicles, it can be hard to tell if a vehicle is in good working order.

One way to handle this problem is to take a vehicle to a mechanic for an independent inspection.

But what if you are buying the vehicle remotely, or otherwise can't physically take the vehicle to a mechanic?

Pre-purchase inspection services bring the mechanic to your vehicle

Pre-purchase inspection services send a licensed mechanic to the vehicle's location, whether it's with a dealership or a private seller.

The mechanic performs a thorough inspection, takes the vehicle for a test drive, and you get back a detailed, understandable report on the vehicle, its condition, and potential issues - supplemented with dozens of images of the vehicle that you're considering.

Inspections are usually carried out and reports are issued 2-3 days after order.

Who provides pre-purchase inspection services?

There are a number of high-quality and reliable pre-purchase inspection service providers in the US. has worked with and can recommend:

  • Lemonsquad - focuses primarily on mobile pre-purchase inspections

  • YourMechanic - provides mobile mechanic services, including mobile pre-purchase inspections

  • CARCHEX - provides vehicle financing, warranties, insurance, and pre-purchase inspections

How much do pre-purchase inspections cost?

A standard re-purchase inspection costs about 150 USD; high-end and classic inspections cost about 250 USD; and RV inspections cost about 350 USD.

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