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Pre-Purchase inspection with RAC

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Updated 10 Oct 2019

Clancy Harrip

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Buying a car is one of the most exciting purchases you can make. However, for the large percentage of people that buy second hand, there can be a lot of doubt and stress when it comes to the analysing the condition of the car you’re buying.

For peace of mind and a professional opinion, this is where a pre-purchase inspection comes in handy.

The majority of mechanical businesses offer pre-purchase inspections and, depending on the level of service and the type of vehicle, costs can vary between $200 to $450.

Whilst this may be considered a steep price to fork out for a car you might not even buy; a pre-purchase inspection gives you the comfort of knowing you are making a smart and gainful decision and for this alone, it pays to have an expert complete an inspection.


RAC has been servicing Western Australia for over 110 years and they cover the largest geographical area of any automotive club in the world.

RAC offers pre-purchase inspections to members and non-members and inspections take place exclusively at one of their RAC Auto Services centres.

This allows for the vehicle to be raised on a hoist and a thorough review to take place.

Depending on the condition and age of the vehicle, the pre-purchase inspection can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

In addition to the pre-purchase inspection, RAC will provide a free car history report (valued at $36.95) which will include a comprehensive history check on whether the vehicle has ever been written off, stolen, damaged, has money owing on it or has had the odometer wound back.

The prices:

Sedan (under 10 years)

| RAC members - $216 | Non-members - $238

Sedan (over 10 years)

| RAC members - $257 | Non-members - $283

4WD/Importer/European (under 10 years)

| RAC members - $324 | Non-members - $357

4WD/Importer/European (over 10 years)

| RAC members - $391.50 | Non-members - $431


  • Car History Check: All prior history.
  • Interior: Seatbelt operation, window operation and air-conditioning operation.
  • Lighting: Exterior and Interior/dashboard lighting.
  • Battery/Charging System: Condition review, type/size, terminals and leads and electrolyte level.
  • Engine: Oil level/all fluid levels and condition, cooling system pressure test, power steering, drive belts and pulleys, mounts, noises, radiators and cap conditions and a physical road test.
  • Under body: Shock absorbers, wheel bearings, fuel hoses, suspension, steering components, drive line, exhaust system.
  • Brakes: Brake pads and disc review, hand brake and brake hoses. 

During a pre-purchase inspection RAC will not dismantle or disturb any of the structure, components, internal mechanism or assembly.

Their main focus is safety and therefore they do not inspect body, paint or panel components, nor any additional interior components.

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All data gathered in December 2018. 

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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.