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BUYING A CAR??

A PRE PURCHASE OR COMPREHENSIVE INSPECTION CAN ASSIST WITH YOUR CHOICE 

The purchase of a car is often one of the biggest financial outlays you will make and having a specialised trained technician conducting an inspection before you buy can give you peace of mind.

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Our highly skilled team can carry out vehicle inspections both at our workshop and on-site at your location.  We provide a simple to read inspection report that will assist you to make an informed choice along with a purchase recommendation.

Call us for a free estimate or make an appointment online!

Our Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection includes evaluation of the following items:


During the engine check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Cooling system (radiator, water pump, hoses, fan)
  • Engine Mounts
  • Engine Smoke
  • Starter Motor
  • Oil leaks, level and condition
  • Cylinder block
  • Exhaust system and emissions
  • Belts
  • Fuel system

Transmission/driveline

During the transmission and driveline check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Fluids/leaks
  • Centre bearing
  • Clutch slip, shudder and adjustment
  • Drive shaft and CV joints
  • Shift operation
  • Gear shift linkages
  • Hydraulics and linkages
  • Universal joints

Steering/suspension

During the steering and suspension check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Steering box, rack and other components
  • Shock absorbers
  • Linkages
  • Ball joints
  • Steering wheel
  • Power steering

Body

During the body check we review the exterior to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Paintwork
  • Underbody
  • Latches and handles
  • Glass and windows
  • Rust

Brakes

During the brake check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Pads and linings
  • Brake lines and hoses
  • Efficiency
  • Pedal travel
  • Noises
  • Handbrake
  • Discs or drums
  • Fluid levels

Wheels and Tyres

During the wheels and tyres check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Bearings
  • Rims
  • Tread

Electrical

During the electrical check we review many components to determine wear and faults. The items below are inspected where applicable and any faults and comments are listed in the report:

  • Lights and globes
  • Wipers & washers
  • Indicators
  • Hazard lights
  • Battery and terminal carrier
  • Horn

Other Miscellaneous components

Along with all the other parts reviewed above the following components are also inspected to determine wear and faults:

  • Speedometer
  • Gauges
  • Heater and demister
  • Mirrors
  • Air conditioner
  • Seats
  • Seat belts

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between a pre purchase and comprehensive inspection?

A comprehensive inspection checks more components of the vehicle than a pre-purchase inspection, which can help you to make an informed choice when purchasing a vehicle.

It includes removing the wheels to allow access to braking components for an inspection, and the lining size and disc thickness are measured against industry standards.

How long does the inspection take?

The Inspection can take 1-3 hours, depending on the type of vehicle and its condition.

Are any parts of the car taken apart to do the check?

A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is a visual external examination of components only. We do not dismantle parts for internal examination. There are some vehicle faults which can only be diagnosed by dismantling the engine or are intermittent in operation and that are not evident from an external examination at the time of inspection.

How much does the inspection cost?

Inspection costs can vary depending on the type of vehicle, its condition and location. For a quote, please contact us.

Is there a difference between doing an inspection on site at a workshop or in a mobile location?

The visual inspection covers the same items regardless of whether an inspection is conducted onsite at our workshop or in a mobile location. Workshop inspections do allow the opportunity  however, to place the vehicle on a hoist giving our technicians greater visibility of components, as there is increased accessibility of the undercarriage.

Is there a difference between a pre purchase inspection and a Roadworthy Inspection?

Yes. Having a pre purchase inspection completed on a vehicle does not remove the need for a Roadworthy Certificate to be completed in order to transfer a vehicle into the new owners name at the time of purchase. Our technicians are trained to provide Vic Roads Roadworthy Certificates and can assist.  More information about our workshop services can be found here.

Is it worth having an inspection if I am selling my car?

Yes. Often a potential customer will wish to have their own independent inspection completed before purchasing your vehicle. Being able to provide one that has already been carried out by an authorised RACV technician can speed up the sale process and instil confidence with a potential buyer.

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RACV members receive a 30 day mechanical guarantee for all pre purchase and comprehensive inspections. Please see RACV website for terms and conditions.

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