When looking at buying a vehicle, you can arrange for a mobile mechanic to come to where the car is. Alternatively you can take the car to a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection. Most will complete a detailed visual inspection, an engine test and a road test and then provide you with a detailed report which will help you make a decision about buying the car. The cost is between $100 & $180.
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HOW TO GET A PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION
- Ask the seller if and when it is ok to arrange an inspection. If they are not keen for the vehicle to have an inspection then consider whether it is a car worth buying.
- To book a mobile mechanic that will come to the vehicle try: Home Tune (Auckland), AA (New Zealand wide), Vehicle Services NZ and Mobile Vehicle Tuning (Auckland)
- You can also take the vehicle to many garages for a pre-purchase inspection such as a VTNZ branch (New Zealand wide). Otherwise google for ‘pre-purchase car inspections’ and the name of the town that you are in for local options.
CAR HISTORY CHECKS (VEHICLE INSPECTION REPORTS)
You can check the history of used cars by purchasing a Vehicle Information Report. They cost approximately $20-$30. These checks enable you to check the odometer history and to discover whether the person selling the car is the actual owner. You can also find out whether the seller has an outstanding loan on the vehicle.
This is especially important if you are buying from a private seller rather than from an accredited dealer. If there is outstanding finance on a vehicle, the finance company will remain the legal owner of the vehicle until the loan is paid off. Make sure you run the check on the same day as you purchase the vehicle.
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