Buying pre-inspected vehicles – what you need to know

myPPSR Team|25/09/2017

A retail vehicle inspection is a simple and effective way to know what you’re buying when you’re in the market for a used car.

While a vehicle may look fantastic on the outside, a trained and experienced mechanic can provide a clear and thorough inspection to ensure you’re up to date with the finer details of the car and can make an informed decision before going ahead with your purchase.

A pre-purchase inspection is perfect if you’re looking at a car and just want to be sure that you are buying a safe and reliable vehicle that is free from any noticeable defects or issues. As well as the basic inspection, there is also a more comprehensive inspection that is ideal for vehicles that are coming out of warranty and for buyers looking for a thorough inspection.

A pre-inspected vehicle will be checked, and individuals will receive an overall condition report of the vehicle based on the external examination.

The results of this inspection may provide some areas that need further inspection.

If you are looking for a vehicle that is flagged for further attention, the mechanic will provide a symbol for this area for you to keep an eye on. There are three key areas of inspection that will be marked off by the mechanic – these include:

  • Immediate – urgent attention is required
  • Early – arly attention is required – however not as urgent
  • Observation – this is an observation only and something for you to be aware of

At the end of the report, the mechanic carrying out the inspection will provide their recommendation for the purchase and whether you should go ahead. For RACQ, this recommendation is laid out like a stop sign, with the definitions outlined below. For NRMA, they provide not only an inspection service, but recommendations when buying a used car.

The three recommendations are:

  • Stop – this means there is a future risk for unreliability and the purchased for being uneconomical for long-term ownership.
  • Caution – if the repairs that have been reported repaired effectively the vehicle should provide reliable service – the defects should be kept in consideration and costed out for repair before purchase.
  • Go – the vehicle should only require routine service and replacement as required and the future of the vehicle looks reliable.

In addition to this pre-inspection, you will also need to arrange a road worthy certificate that is suitable for your state or territory.

Jump online and check out how to arrange this within your state.