Auto P. I. Used Car Inspections - Mobile Service

Auto P. I. Used Car Inspections
-Mobile Service-

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between a Auto P. I. Inspection and a repair shop inspection?
  2. Is there a charge if I cancel an inspection?
  3. Can you tell me the value of the car?
  4. Do you recommend any used car dealers?
  5. Isn't there a 3 day or 72 hour grace period? Can I take the car back to the dealership if I'm having problems?
  6. How soon can I get the report if I'm not there?
  7. Do you do repairs?
  8. Where do I go for repairs?
  9. Can I get an inspection on my own car?
  10. Do you perform State inspections?
  11. Can I schedule an inspection and then cancel?
  12. Do you offer a guaranty?

More Buying Information:

  1. What is the difference between an Auto P. I. pre-purchase inspection and a repair shop pre-purchase inspection?

    First, Auto P. I. does not perform any repairs, this allows our Inspectors to be completely unbiased when inspecting a vehicle. We will give you an honest assessment of the vehicle and the true condition of the vehicle.

    Second, all of our Inspectors are ASE Certified Master Technicians. This means that Auto P. I. Inspectors are certified and qualified to inspect every automotive mechanical and electrical component and system. Whereas most repair shop technicians specialize in only a few of the ASE automotive areas. Auto P. I. employs only ASE Master Certified Technicians.

    Third, most automotive technicians are not Frame Specialists. For a body and frame inspection, you would have to go to a body shop and have a body and frame specialist determine any previous accident damage. However, Auto P. I. Inspectors are both ASE Master Technicians and Frame Specialists.

    Fourth, Auto P. I. does not sell any aftermarket products or services.

  2. Is there a charge if I cancel an inspection?

    We require at least a 2 hour notice to cancel an inspection.  This allows us time to schedule another inspection for the Technician. There is a $50 charge for cancellation or if vehicle is not available for inspection or if the seller/salesperson refuses to let us perform the inspection.

  3. Can you tell me the value of the car?

    Auto P. I. does not get into the pricing of a used vehicle. For pricing we suggest that you look for similar vehicles selling on various used car websites to get an idea of what the vehicle is worth. Also, there are several online used car pricing sites, or contact your loan officer for pricing information. An Auto P. I. inspection will let you know the current condition of the vehicle and the cost of any needed repairs. You can take the inspection information and adjust the price of the vehicle to determine its approximate value.

  4. Do you recommend any used car dealers?

    We do not endorse or rate used car dealerships. All reputable dealers will encourage you to have a vehicle independently inspected before purchase.

  5. Is there a 30 day or 72 hour grace period? Can I take the car back to the dealership if I'm having problems?

    In the State of Texas there is NO used car Lemon Law, NO 30 day law, NO 3 day or 72 hour take back period for used vehicles. When purchasing a vehicle from a dealer, you are required to sign an AS IS document. If a dealer gives a guarantee, be sure you understand the limitations of the guarantee before you sign the document.

  6. How soon can I get the report if I'm not there?

    If you are not present for the inspection, the Inspector will email a copy of the report immediately after the inspection and contact you to go over the report. The phone consultation will give you all the pertinent information you need to conclude your deal.

  7. Does Auto P. I. perform repairs?

    We do not perform any repairs. This allows us to be totally unbiased when we inspect a vehicle.

  8. Where do I go for repairs?

    To avoid any appearance of impropriety, we cannot endorse any repair shop. However, before you take your vehicle to any shop, visit Yelp and check out the reviews for that business. Once you decide on a repair shop, make sure the Automotive Technician that will work on your car is ASE Certified on the component or system that needs repair (most Technicians only certify on a few of the 8 general automotive areas). We also suggest that you get at a couple estimates if you can and be sure that the repair shop guarantees their work.

  9. Can I get an inspection on my own car?

    Many people have us inspect their car before their warranty expires or inspect their car to determine any needed repairs.

  10. Do you perform State inspections?

    We do not perform state inspections. If you need a State inspection, click here to find the the closest  inspection facility in your zip code.

  11. Can I schedule an inspection and cancel?

    Make sure that you inform the seller or salesperson of your scheduled inspection time. There is no charge if you cancel your appointment 2 hours in advance. If the vehicle is not able to be inspected we charge "no show" fee of $50.

  12. Do you offer a guaranty?

    Auto P. I. guaranties our inspection for (15) fifteen days. Remember, a pre-purchase inspection is not a warranty. It is a snapshot in time of the vehicle s condition. Sooner or later, EVERY component and system will fail regardless who inspects the vehicle.

    Most mechanical systems will give tell-tale signs of problems before failing. That is why we use only ASE Certified Master Technicians to perform inspections. If anything major should go out that was not noted on the report, or could have been predicted, we will refund the inspection fee. The only exception is electrical items. While we will test the all the electrical systems and components, there is no known test to determine how long an electrical component will last. (Example - light bulb going out at any time)

You cannot negotiate your best deal until you know the EXACT condition of every component and system.

Serving Austin and the Surrounding Cities

512.454.5999 or contact@AutoPI.com

Monday - Saturday, Call to Schedule Inspection

Vehicle outside central Texas - click here