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Why should I get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

A car is often one of the largest expenses someone faces in their life. And second-hand cars often come with their own history… sometimes involving poor maintenance, crashes, neglect and dodgy repairs. A pre-purchase inspection, completed by a qualified mechanic, can identify many of these issues and gives you the best opportunity to make an educated decision prior to parting with your hard earned cash.


What is included in a Pre-Purchase Inspection?


Your inspector will:

Road test the vehicle;
Checking the engine for any noise, fumes, smoke and other engine wear;
Checking the battery, alternator and starter motor are operating correctly;
Checking the exterior of the radiator, water pump and hoses for any deterioration or leaks;
A short drive test (up to 50km, for 5 minutes) to check the car’s handling, steering and brakes as well as any odd noises;
Checking the exterior for any corrosion;
Checking tyre tread depth and wheels for any damage;
Checking the steering and suspension for any damage, leaks or wear;
Check the brakes for life and any signs of damage;
Check for any upcoming or expired diagnostic codes;
Provide a comprehensive report which may indicate:
Any recommended or likely repairs;
Some potential WoF issues;
Report on any diagnostic codes.
View an example report here

How much does a Pre-Purchase Inspection cost?


A Pre-Purchase inspection can range from $250

What do I get after the Pre- Purchase Inspection is completed?
Following a completed inspection the garage will provide you the an overview of their findings. This will include detailed notes on any structural or mechanical issues they have found. Remember, you don’t yet own the vehicle, and having this information can help you secure the best price!

A 100+ point vehicle check, by an Automotive Expert

Steering, brakes and car handling

Engine - any noise, fumes, smoke and visible leaks

Battery and alternator – condition and operation

Exterior of the radiator, water pump and hoses – condition, including leaks

Wheels and tyre tread depth

Suspension - any damage, leaks or wear

Exterior of the vehicle, dents, corrosion or damage

Interior of the vehicle

Car jack, wheel brace, spare wheel and tool kit

A list of potential WoF faults and safety defects that may require attention

A review of any recommended repairs

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