We test drive the car and bring it into our shop. We perform our Courtesy Check, review Technical Service Bulletins for the vehicle, check and inspect all fluids, battery, tires, brakes, operation of all windows/doors/trunks/hoods, and look for items and areas that will need to pass State Inspection.
We share these findings with you. If the coolant should be flushed or the transmission fluid should be changed, now, you can then decide if you want to proceed with the purchase, have the seller or dealer make repairs before you buy the car, or look for another.
The cost for this inspection varies depending on the vehicle, and generally runs between $50 and $90.00. It may save you much more.