Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspections


Whether you are buying or selling a used vehicle then a pre-purchase inspection is for you.

Having an expert mechanic inspect a vehicle before its sale can highlight any problems which should affect the price of the vehicle or alternatively clear the vehicle of any issues and highlight its value for money.
At Highton Automotive we are a licensed RACV Inspection Centre and can carry out a detailed visual inspection, an engine test and a road test, and then provide a detailed written report.

Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

If you are buying a used vehicle, a written report will give you the information you need to decide if the vehicle is right for you at the price being offered, and the peace of mind knowing that a trained mechanic has visually checked out all the important components for signs of wear or damage.*
To arrange a pre-purchase car inspection, Call us at Highton Automotive.

Pre-Sale Vehicle Inspection

If you are selling a used vehicle you can speed up the sales process by supplying potential customers with a copy of the report showing the good condition of your vehicle, this means they won't need to get their own independent inspection (saving time)  and they will feel more confident buying your vehicle knowing it has been inspected by an authorised RACV inspector.
To arrange a pre-sale car inspection, Call us at Highton Automotive.

What do you Inspect during a Pre-purchase Inspection?

Click on the drop down menu items below to see which components of your vehicle are inspected (where applicable) as part of our RACV Pre-purchase Car Inspections.


  • Water pump
  • Drive belts
  • Fan/coupling
  • Radiattor & heater coolant leaks
  • Clyinder block
  • Emission controls
  • Radiator
  • Engine mounts
  • Controls/linkages
  • Crankcase fuming/breather
  • Noises
  • Engine smoke
  • Performance
  • LPG fuel system
  • Exhaust system starter motor
  • Oil/level/leaks/condition
  • Petrol fuel system
  • Exhaust emission
  • Sump
  • Coolant
  • Disel fuel system
  • Turbo charger operation


  • Fluid/leaks
  • Road test
  • Gear shift linkages
  • Centre bearing
  • Shift operation
  • Noises
  • Drive shaft/cv joints
  • Bake up hydraulics/linkages
  • Universal joints
  • Clutch/adjustment
  • Clutch/slip/shudder


  • Steering box/rack
  • Ball joints
  • Ride
  • Subframe
  • Shock absorber/s
  • Stabliser bars
  • Rear suspension
  • Front suspension road test
  • Steering
  • Wheel
  • Power steering
  • Spring/torsion bars steering linkages


(minor defects and panel repairs may not be recorded.)

  • Underbody
  • Latches,handles & hinges
  • Windscreen
  • Repairs/rust
  • Paintwork/panels
  • Sunroof operation
  • Glass/windows


  • Vibration/pulsation
  • Effeciency
  • Noises
  • Booster
  • Pedal travel
  • Handbrake
  • Fluid level
  • Brake lines & hoses
  • Fluid levels


  • Tyres - road wheels
  • Spare


  • Wheel bearings
  • Wheel rims
  • Covers


  • Stop light/s
  • Number plate light
  • Wipers/spares
  • Horn reverse lights
  • Park/tail lights
  • Hazard lights
  • Indicators battery/terminal/carrier
  • Head light/s


  • Speedometer
  • Heater/demister
  • Air conditioner
  • Seat belts
  • Gauges
  • Mirrors
  • Seats
  • Upholestery & trim

Because of limited access, the level of complexity or specialised tools required, there will be some vehicles that we cannot inspect and report on or that require a comprehensive inspection instead.

*A pre-purchase vehicle inspection is a visual external examination of components only. We do not dismantle parts for internal examination. There are some vehicle faults which can only be diagnosed by dismantling the engine or are intermittent in operation and not evident from an external examination at the time of inspection.

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