Pittsburgh Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions on Classic Car Inspections

Frequently asked questions...

Q: Do you perform the inspection where the car is located?

A: Yes, we are a mobile PPI service and we always travel to where the vehicle is located. That is the benefit of the service and makes it more convenient for the buyer and the seller.

Q: What is your turnaround time and when do I received the report and photos?

A: We have a very fast turnaround time, in most cases 24 to 48 hours, depending on the day of the week and schedule. You will receive the report and photos on the same day as the inspection.

Q: How are your services different or better than CarFax?

A: Carfax is a vehicle history report from a database informing you how many owners the car has had, if there were any accidents reported, odometer issues, flood damage or other adverse events. Its a background check for 1981 and newer automobiles using the Vehicle Identification Number. While we recommend you obtaining a CarFax on the vehicle you are interested in buying because it can provide important information about its history, it cannot be relied upon 100% because it doesn't inform you of the curerent condition and the reports often have errors because accidents are not always reported. That's why its even more important to have a PPI performed on the vehicle you're interested in buying.

Q: Can you tell me the value of the car or do an appraisal?

Our pre-purchase inspection is strictly a condition evaluation service, and while it can provide insight on market value when used with price guides, it is not an appraisal.

Q: Do you offer PA State Inspection or repair services?

A: Sorry, we are a mobile third party inspection service only. You will have to take your vehicle to an auto repair facility near you that offers annual PA State Inspection and repair services.

Q: How long does the PPI take?

A: Our inspection service takes approximately 60 to 90 minutes to perform.

Q: Do you put the car on a lift or remove the wheels?

A: Since we are a mobile service we are unable to put the car on a lift. We cannot pull the wheels due to the liability incurred with the removal of components. We are able to thoroughly inspect the functionality and condition of the automobile, which includes an undercarriage inspection with the vehicle on the ground. We specialize in third party inspections so our service is more thorough and in-depth than most services you will find.

Q: Can you recommend any good dealers?

A: We are unbiased and don't endorse auto dealerships. Every automobile is different and needs to be evaluated individually regardless who is selling it. Any reputable seller would welcome and encourage a PPI.

Q: I need some specific items checked, can you do that?

A: Yes. While we offer a similar inspection procedure for most vehicles we understand there are certain circumstances that require special attention. Special requests are welcome and we will try to accommodate you as best as possible.

Q: Does your service offer a warranty or guarantee?

A: No, our PPI is not a warranty or guarantee. While we make every effort to find every defect of the vehicle, we cannot possibly see every flaw. We cannot visually inspect internal components within the drive-train and other hidden areas, therefore we cannot see some potential or impending failures. The vehicle could also have intermittent issues that were not revealed at the time of the inspection and any vehicle can malfunction at any time. The purpose of our service is to provide you with an unbiased inspection report based on what we see at the time of the inspection, and with that information you are able to make a more informed buying decision, thus eliminating most of the risk associated with buying a pre-owned vehicle.