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I'm trying to by a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe w/ 170000 miles on it. The SUV seems to be in really good condition except I noticed rough idling. I really want to get the whole vehicle checked out from top to bottom. If I take it to a mechanic how extensive of a check will they do? What is the normal cost for that sort of thing? Ty

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Julie Kimes, General Sales Manager at O'Daniel Automart / O'Daniel Mazda Cost will vary depending on facility. I would highly suggest taking it to a reputable facility, and ask upfront what is included and what are the costs. (search for certified facility near you) Our dealership is located in Indiana and we do a normal inspection belts, hoses, fluids, brakes tires, switches and scan for any codes in any of the modules for $99.95. That same inspection will also check over for tune up items as well. IF there is an idle problem that needs further testing than a visual inspection the testing would be from $49.99 to $99.99. I hope that helps! Good Luck! Julie

Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Ty A good shop will do a detailed pre-purchase inspection, and if you have specific concerns you tell them about. I do not know where you live, but the general pricing around Atlanta is $85-100. Good luck

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at It all depends on your location and the hourly rate of the shop you're taking it to. A buyers inspection should take between 1 & 2 hours.

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