I think this business model is an innovative idea, but I wonder if it is sustainable. What research have you done to confirm there is enough demand for this service outside of your personal experience (difficulty scheduling a PPI)? What area(s) do you plan to serve? How will your technicians get under vehicles to do a full inspection if you’re inspecting a vehicle at a private seller’s home? What systems do you plan to put in place to prevent conflict of interest (in case, for example, your technician also takes jobs from dealerships and then is hired by a potential customer at one of those dealerships)?
I think you’re going to face a few challenges. One is that a lot of used car consumers don’t bother with PPIs. They mistakenly trust the “certified used car” sticker the dealer put on the car, usually without doing an actual inspection. Car salespeople are pretty good at talking people out of PPIs, by offering some kind of warranty like, “If you find anything wrong with the car, we will fix it for free.” Another is that you might find yourself competing in regions where mechanics do a better job of fulfilling this demand than in your area. Lastly, there are informed consumers, like other members of this forum and myself, who know enough about cars to do their own PPIs. That’s actually my strategy for the next time I purchase a used car or truck. I plan to say to the salesperson, “I’d like you to put it up on a lift so I can check it out,” and if they’re not willing to do that, they’ll lose the sale. I’ve only purchased one used vehicle in my life, and that’s how I handled it. It worked out well.