Pre Purchase inspection With RAA

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Clancy Harrip

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

When considering a second-hand car purchase, there can often be a lot of doubt and anxiety regarding the state of the vehicle, especially if you are not mechanically inclined.

To avoid the stress often associated with car purchases, it’s vital to understand the true condition of the car and having a pre-purchase inspection is a fool-proof way to achieve this. 

A pre-purchase inspection can vary anywhere between $200 to $450 depending on the vehicle size, age and the level of inspection.

Many mechanical businesses offer pre-purchase inspections as part of their services, so there's a great deal of options for the everyday consumer.

RAA

Established in 1903, RAA has a long history servicing the South Australian motorist community.

And as advocates for vehicle safety, RAA has a team of qualified professionals ready to help you make informed decisions about your vehicle.

RAA’s pre-purchase inspections are offered to all South Australian motorists, with RAA members receiving a 15% discount.

The qualified professionals will take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to assess the condition of the vehicle and provide a report at the end with their recommendations and findings.

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The options:

Mechanical Inspection: From $270

RAA’s mechanical inspection is their less comprehensive inspection on offer.

Includes:

  • Exterior: Paint, panel, trim and general external condition.
  • Glass: Damage and operation.
  • Engine: Oil, cooling system, driveline, suspensions and steering, fuel system and chassis.
  • Electrical: external/internal lighting, wipers, heaters, audio, GPS and dashboard system.
  • Wheel/Brake: Wheel drums may be removed for a ‘brake inspection’ if requested.
  • 4WD Operation: If a suitable road service is available.

Total Care Inspection | From $295

The Total Care Inspection is the most comprehensive pre-purchase inspection that RAA offer and includes an over-the-phone consultation with a RAA technical advisor and a Personal Properties Securities Register Check (PPSR).

Includes:

  • Exterior: Paint, panel, trim and general external condition.
  • Glass: Damage and operation.
  • Engine: Oil, cooling system, driveline, suspensions and steering, fuel system and chassis.
  • Electrical: external/internal lighting, wipers, heaters, audio, GPS and dashboard system.
  • Wheel/Brake: Wheel drums may be removed for a ‘brake inspection’ if requested.
  • 4WD Operation: If a suitable road service is available.
  • PPSR Check: All prior history.

The RAA pre-purchase inspections are purely visual and based on the external examination of components including noise, operation feel and road test.

No components will be dismantled during the pre-purchase inspection and all defects will be reported on.

RAA offers pre-purchase inspections from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm (excluding public holidays).

If you would prefer to go with another option, you can use AutoGuru to compare a range of high-quality local mechanics and book your Pre-Purchase Inspection completely online. 

You're just a few clicks away from instant quotes, transparent prices and no surprises! 

All data gathered in December 2018. 

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WRITTEN BY

Clancy Harrip

Clancy has been working in, and writing about, the automotive industry for half her adult life.

She loves her work and all things automotive and looks forward to the day she is considered a guru on the subject, an auto guru perhaps.

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