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Did FerrariChat introduce the PPI?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by VTChris, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. VTChris

    VTChris F1 World Champ

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    Curious where the PPI originated. I mentioned it to a few of my friends who recently purchased (one was a Ferrari) and I mentioned "did you PPI it." Neither one knew what I was talking about.

    Did FerrariChat introduce the world to the PPI?

    Google was not my friend for the 1st time :)
     
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  3. rob lay

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    If you search for Pre Purchase Inspection you get 37 M results. :)
     
  4. VTChris

    VTChris F1 World Champ

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    That helped (typing out ppi :) )
    I just went through 9 million results, and none of them mentioned the origination of the term.

    It must have been Fchat :D
     
  5. finnerty

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    No.

    Neither the term "PPI" nor the practice / procedure originated here ---- been going on for years before. I had my first one done in 1994, for example at RTGT in Portland, OR.
     
  6. BigTex

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    Alternately, "sizing up the Owner" works almost as well...saves $500 anyway..:rolleyes:
     
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  8. Sled Driver

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    I think I read somewhere that Al Gore "invented it"...........Long before the earth got hot
     
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    LOLOLOL!! :D
     
  10. Drive550PFB

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    As long as there have been used cars, buyers have been kicking the tires.
     
  11. PV Dirk

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    Acronyms are everywhere. When I worked at a dealer we did a PDI. Pre Delivery Inspection. Making sure all was in the right place before delivery of a new car.
     
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  13. Darolls

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    Nope, Al Gore invented the Internet.....you're a bit confused. ;)
     
  14. Sled Driver

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    No confusion, he did both....................Along with a lot of other stuff like that he was the a spem donor that birthed Steve Jobs, etc.....
     
  15. fastradio

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    My old shop was doing PPI service in 1983, long before Al Gore invented the Internet.
     
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    :D
     
  17. afwrench

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    More than 75 years ago folks had mechanics look over a car prior to purchase .I am 61 yrs old and remember as a little kid the men discussing this ; "get it inspected" . Does the fact that someone did not utter the words "pre purchase" disqualify such history. Mike
     
  18. Darolls

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    I'm 68 and I don't remember anyone saying "get it inspected". Usually it was the interested buyer that gave a visiual inspection and possibly drove the vehicle. Back in the day I really don't recall anyone bringing a used car in for a 'Professional' inspection.

    Sparky
     
  19. afwrench

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    Hi Sparky, I'm not saying this happened in every case but I do remember well that having a mechanic look something over was not uncommon. I personally did a few back in the 70's. Mike
     
  20. Darolls

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    Not doubting you but I don't think I ever did but probably should have! I bought many cars without doing a PPI in the 60s & 70s and regretted not having inspections done. Sometimes I lucked out and other times I didn't!

    For example, I bought a couple of E-Types in the 60s(a 63 3.8 and a 65 4.2. Back then they were called "The instant poverty cars" which a salesman told me when I bought my 2nd one...I should have listened to him or better yet, had a professional check them out first.

    Since then, when buying used, I've learned my lesson however, in the late 60s I bought my 1st ferrari used; a 330GT 2+2 series 2 with no inspection and never had a problem.

    As I said, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Now, when buying used, I always have a PPI done.

    Sparky
     

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