Get a vehicle safety check and road test before you buy
From as little as £128 for AA Members (£142 for non-members), the cost of an inspection depends on the engine size and the type of inspection.
Just call 0800 056 8040.
An AA customer recently saved himself £17,500. He got the AA to check a used car before he bought and found out it had been stolen.
206 safety checks, includes all basic inspection checks plus additional checks on:
Over 154 safety checks completed for vehicles up to 8 years old, including
What vehicles do you inspect?
We can inspect the majority of cars, light vans and motorhomes up to 15 years old, either before purchase or after purchase. Vehicle age is determined by the year of manufacture and may differ from the year of registration.
What vehicles do you not inspect?
Can you inspect disability cars?
Yes, as long as they don't have disability controls.
Do you inspect imports?
Yes, if the import is registered in the UK and is recognised in the UK, with the exception of American imports.Back to top
In which geographical areas do you carry out inspections?
Inspections are only available on the mainland of Great Britain.
Vehicle inspections are not available on any of the islands or in Northern Ireland, and some areas of Scotland and Wales.
Do you inspect within congestion charging zones?
The engineers can enter a charging zone, but the payment for any congestion charges due for the vehicle being inspected and the engineer's vehicle is your responsibility and will be charged appropriately.
Do engineers work out of hours?
No. They work Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm.
Why do I need the vehicle registration number?
The registration number enables us to identify the vehicle, and to allocate the price and type of inspection.
Can the vehicle be inspected without a current MOT Certificate?
If the vehicle does not have a current MOT certificate, or in the opinion of the inspecting engineer the vehicle is un-roadworthy, the road test will not be carried out. There is no refund due if this part of the inspection cannot be carried out.
Do I have to do anything else before the inspection?
Can I contact the engineer?
Yes. You will be emailed his contact details with confirmation of the inspection being assigned to him.Back to top
How soon is the inspection after booking?
The owner/vendor is contacted as soon as possible to arrange a time that is mutually convenient. Most inspections are carried out within three working days, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Can I book a specific appointment time for the engineer?
No. Most inspections are carried out within three working days, but this is dependant on the owner/vendor, who will be contacted to arrange the appointment.
Do I have to be present at the inspection?
No. We will arrange the inspection with the owner/vendor (or the garage).
What does a Basic Inspection cover?
What extras are there in the Comprehensive Inspection?
What is not included in the inspections?
How long does the inspection take?
It will take from one to two and a half hours, depending on the inspection type, location, the vehicle concerned and its condition.
How long is the road test?
A Comprehensive Inspection is usually 10 miles, and 5 miles for a Basic Inspection. However, the distance is dependant on location, traffic levels, fuel level and the engineer's judgment.Back to top
How soon do I get a verbal report?
This will be late in the day or early evening after the engineer has completed his daily inspection workload and written the report.
How will the inspection report be sent to me?
You will receive an email that contains a link to the report, which can then be downloaded from the website.
Will you do a discount on re-inspections to see if the owner has made the changes as a result of an initial inspection?
Yes. A re-inspection is available at a reduced price. Please call 0800 056 8040, Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm, to speak to an advisor.
Are there any guarantees?
The report is based on the opinions and expertise of the engineer following a visual assessment as to the condition of the vehicle at the time of the inspection.
What if I have a complaint?
Please call 0800 056 8040, Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm, and an advisor will help you in accordance with our complaints procedures.Back to top
Please note that some checks may not be applicable to the vehicle you are buying.
|Bumpers and number plates||yes||no||no||yes|
|Fuel Filler cover/cap||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Soft top operation||yes||no||no||no|
|Body load space condition||no||no||yes||no|
|Power Steering (oil level)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Engine Oil level||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|External Leaks (Upper engine)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Fast Idle (cold)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Noise Level (cold)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Starting Systems/Ignition lock||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Air Con operation||yes||no||no||yes|
|Steering wheel alignment/Adjustment||yes||no||no||yes|
|Door trims panels||yes||no||no||yes|
|Dash panel (condition)||yes||no||no||yes|
|Rear Parcel shelf||yes||yes||yes||no|
|Luggage area trim condition||yes||no||no||no|
|Soft top (condition)||yes||no||no||no|
|Front Suspension/Steering/Under frame||Comprehensive||Basic||Van||Motorhome|
|Engine underside leakage||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Steering joints/ball joints||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Power Steering (operation)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Sub frames mountings||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Tie bars/anti roll bars||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Rear suspension/Under Frame||Comprehensive||Basic||Van||Motorhome|
|Anti roll bar||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Drive shaft assembly||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Evidence of leaks||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Master cylinder security||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Discs/pads (if visible)||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Wheels and Tyres||Comprehensive||Basic||Van||Motorhome|
|Right front tyre||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Left front tyre||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Right rear tyre||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Left rear tyre||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Distance covered where possible||10 miles||5 miles||5 miles||10 miles|
|Final drive operation/noise||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Auto changes/kick down||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Steering wheel alignment||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Cooling fan operation||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Foot brake operation||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Uneven tyre wear||yes||yes||yes||yes|
If you hold another AA product such as breakdown cover or insurance, you’ll have been issued with an AA card, which gives you 10% off your inspection today.
Have your AA card to hand when you book your inspection online or over the phone.
You just have to give us the 16-digit number when asked to claim your 10% discount. (Terms and conditions apply.)
Just call 0800 056 8040.
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