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Can car dealer charge fee for pre-purchase vehicle inspection by independent mechanic?

July 22, 2019

Dear Consumer Ed:  I am considering purchasing a vehicle from a rental car company. To make sure the car is in good shape, I want to have it inspected by an independent mechanic. However, the salesperson at the rental car company told me that they would charge me a $250 fee for doing that. Is this legal, and if so, would this fee be refundable once I return the car or purchase it? 

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