We are often asked to carry out vehicle inspections, normally pre-purchase inspections for someone unfamiliar with the model they are buying, or simply someone wanting a second opinion, or as part of an assessment for insurance reasons.
We will travel to the car’s location (with or without you present) and carry out a thorough assessment of the vehicle, checking items for condition and originality and provide a thorough inspection report on the vehicle, including interior and exterior condition, a mechanical report and, if possible, test driving impressions.
The cost of the report varies as an element of the cost is that of travel distance and time, but the report can usually be used to negotiate a lower purchase price, or could avoid an otherwise costly mistake.
A typical pre-purchase inspection would see someone spend 3-4 hours with the car, including road testing and an engine compression test, with a couple of hours spent writing up the report and checking facts and figures. However, the inspection can be extended, if required, with more in depth checking of mechanical and cosmetic aspects, removing each wheel in turn, taking oil and fluid samples taken for laboratory analysis, a variety of more forensic inspections and greater research into the cars history. All this takes additional time and resources.
Occassionally the car comes to our premises for examination, which means the cost payable to us is reduced and also has the advantage of multiple people looking at the car with their own individual expertise, and we are sure that all the facilities required are present.
We are able to travel overseas if required.