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What does a pre purchase car inspection include?

Cars are usually sold with a roadworthy certificate, but this only means your car is safe to drive on public roads. A pre-purchase car inspection is the only way to make sure there are no surprises when you drive away. A qualified mechanic will do a visual inspection, mechanical check, and test drive to spot any current or potential problems. They will also be aware of concerns that might be typical for the make or model of the car you’re buying and look specifically for those issues. Your mechanic will usually follow a comprehensive pre-purchase car inspection checklist to help you make an informed decision about buying the car. Some of these checks will include:

Exterior inspection

The outside of a car is a good indication of how well the car has been looked after. Panel damage or evidence of repaired damage could indicate the car has been in a serious accident. A pre-purchase car inspection will show whether repairs have been performed to a satisfactory standard. An exterior check also includes checks for rust and structural integrity as these issues may cause problems down the track.

Interior inspection

Your mechanic will conduct a visual inspection of the car’s interior, starting with seats and door trims. Then they’ll check all features inside the car operate normally, including lights, seats, seat belts, air conditioning, central locking, wipers, and windows. Next, they’ll check the dashboard instruments and gauges.

Mechanical inspection

Hidden mechanical problems are one of the pitfalls of buying a used car. And there’s no way of finding out the full extent of any car problems without pulling the engine apart. But an experienced mechanic can identify issues from just a visual check of the underbody and engine. Serious mechanical problems may also show themselves in other areas of the car. Brakes, suspension, wheels, tyres, gearbox, and steering will be checked, and a test drive will help to identify any additional concerns. Your mechanic will pay attention to electrical and cooling systems, as well as the alternator and battery. They will run a diagnostic scan to identify any other issues.

History check

You can make sure your new purchase isn’t hiding any secrets, and that it’s not at risk of repossession by including a history check as part of your pre-purchase car inspection. A history check (or REVS check) show any finance owing on the vehicle, if the car has been stolen, or whether it’s been in a major accident and written off. These records are kept and attached to your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN).

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27th Dec 2022

I am looking at purchasing a vehicle and would like someone with experience to complete an inspection for me - Due date: Before Friday, 30 December 2022

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4th Aug 2022

I need a qualified mechanic to do a pre purchase inspection on a car before I purchase it. - Due date: Needs to be done on Friday, 5 August 2022

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New Town TAS, Australia

7th Mar 2022

Hi there, We need a mechanic for a pre purchase inspection. Location is new town. Need to jack up and check engine. Send me ur offer. Thanks

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Bridgewater TAS, Australia

1st Feb 2022

Ford econovan 1994 370,000kms, need to check if any noticeable major mechanical issues - Due date: Flexible

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Queens Domain TAS 7000, Australia

5th Dec 2021

I am looking to purchase a 2001 Audi A3 and have already taken it for a test drive. I had my friend who is into fixing cars and bikes take a look at it as well, and I would also like a professional mechanic to check it for any possibly issues before I purchase the vehicle. - Due date: Needs to be done on Monday, 6th Dec 2021

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Howrah TAS, Australia

26th Nov 2021

Around 2.30-3pm, I will have a private used car (2008 Nissan Micra) inspection and I need experienced mechanic to inspect the car and advise the adequate price for the car. Must jack up and see under the car thoroughly - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 27th Nov 2021

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Kingston TAS 7050, Australia

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Hobart TAS, Australia

20th Aug 2021

I need a car checked over that i’m looking into purchasing. i need it done preferably today as i am selling my old car today and i need to buy a new one today, but i’d like it checked over by someone qualified first.

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Moonah TAS, Australia

21st Jul 2021

Need to do pre-purchase car inspection on Honda City located in Moonah.

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Sandy Bay TAS, Australia

29th May 2021

I need a mechanic to inspect a car that I am interested in buy

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New Norfolk TAS, Australia

23rd May 2021

I’m looking for a qualified mechanic to inspect a Landcruiser Turbo Diesel and be my eyes and ears in testing and evaluating the vehicle. Will need lots of photos and a synopsis. Open to quotes. Thanks

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Sandy Bay TAS, Australia

2nd Apr 2021

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Rokeby TAS, Australia

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West Moonah TAS, Australia

1st Mar 2021

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Sandford TAS, Australia

12th Feb 2021

I live interstate and need a camper i have bought to be inspected before I purchase

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Glenorchy TAS, Australia

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2013 Volkswagen polo turbo diesel at Glenorchy TAS

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Moonah TAS, Australia

15th Nov 2020

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