Used car pre-purchase inspections

Buy a used car with confidence. Book a vetted mechanic to carry out a mechanical inspection at the seller's location, starting from only £43.68.

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Get your car repaired at your home or office

1 in 6 cars needs over £500 in repairs.

The Citizen's Advice Bureau received 84,000 complaints from used car buyers in the past year. They recommend protecting yourself by having it checked by a mechanic before you buy it.

Our pre-purchase inspections cost just £43.68-£91.00, a saving of £262 when compared to the AA and RAC (AA: £142 - £305, RAC: £99 - 239*).

*Prices of AA and RAC inspections for non-members September 2017.
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We offer 3 levels of inspection:

Basic

From £43.68

  • 72-point mechanical and structural inspection
  • Road test
  • Vehicle report emailed to you

Standard

From £58.24

  • 105-point mechanical and structural inspection
  • Road test
  • Vehicle report emailed to you
  • Bodywork inspection
  • Free phone consultation with the mechanic afterwards

Premium

From £91.00

  • 143-point mechanical and structural inspection
  • Road test
  • Vehicle report emailed to you
  • Full interior, bodywork and paint inspection
  • Free phone consultation with the mechanic afterwards
  • Vehicle raised to conduct more thorough inspections
  • Plug-in diagnostic check
  • Photos included in the report

Pre-Purchase Inspections FAQ

Why should I get a pre-purchase inspection?

A pre-purchase car inspection is an inspection done by a technician to determine the condition of a vehicle before purchase. It is advised to do a used car inspection to gather information on the car’s current condition (damage, maintenance, safety) to determine whether a purchase is a good investment. The ClickMechanic pre-purchase inspection checklist focuses on physical inspections and does not include any vehicle history checks on the vehicle (i.e. whether the car has been recorded in an accident, reported stolen or has any outstanding balances on it), however you can easily purchase these elsewhere online.

What is the difference between the types of ClickMechanic pre-purchase inspection?

We offer three different levels of used car inspections with our premium pre-purchase inspection being the most comprehensive and detailed service.


A premium pre-purchase inspection includes:

  • 143-point mechanical and visual structural inspection (including inspection of the fuel system, exhaust system, vehicle underside condition, clutch and transmission checks, brake hydraulics, front and rear suspension checks, water pump operation)
  • Road test
  • Vehicle report emailed to you
  • Full interior, bodywork and paint inspection
  • Free phone consultation with the mechanic afterwards
  • Vehicle raised to conduct more thorough inspections
  • Plug-in diagnostic check
  • Photos included in the report

A standard pre-purchase inspection includes:

  • 105-point mechanical and visual structural inspection (including checks on fluid levels, front and rear brake disks/pads, electrical controls, tyres)
  • Road test
  • Bodywork inspection
  • Vehicle report emailed to you
  • Free phone consultation with the mechanic afterwards

A basic pre-purchase inspection includes:

  • Basic checks on interior and electric controls, cleanliness of engine bay and tyres
  • Road test
  • Emailed inspection report

Why do some include a road test?

All our inspection checklists include a road test to examine the condition of important features such as the steering and braking, and give a clear idea as to whether a vehicle is roadworthy.

How long does an inspection take?

A Premium pre-purchase inspection typically takes between two and three hours, depending on the vehicle and its condition. The Standard and Basic used car inspections usually take between one and two hours.

Do I have to be present during the inspection?

You do not necessarily have to be present for the inspection, as your mechanic will send you a full report afterwards (including photos with the Premium inspection). If you opt for a Basic pre-purchase inspection, you may want to choose to be present for a visual check of the car, as photos are not included in the report.

Will I receive a report?

You will receive the inspection report via email, once your mechanic has completed your used car check. The report is usually sent as soon as the inspection is complete. The report will be attached to your booking receipt, and is also available at any time by logging into your ClickMechanic account.

"Lyndsey spent £1,600 on a second hand car from her local garage which soon began stopping in the middle of the road."

Rick Kelsey , BBC Newsbeat

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