Mobile vehicle inspections

Vehicle Inspection - Pre Purchase Check

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Service temporarily unavailable: The NRMA Mobile Vehicle Inspections service is temporarily unavailable as of Monday 12 October 2020. We will be reopening soon to assist you with mobile vehicle inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We thank you for your interest and look forward to assisting you very soon.

Pre-purchase vehicle inspections from $270*

Even if you’re pretty good with cars, it can be hard to know what you’re really getting when buying a used vehicle. That’s why the NRMA offers detailed vehicle inspections to take guesswork out of the equation. It’s a series of thorough visual checks conducted by a qualified NRMA mechanic, with same-day reporting on the condition of the vehicle, along with any recommended repairs.

How an NRMA vehicle inspection works

  1. Make a booking online for your vehicle or one you're buying.
  2. An inspector will contact the vehicle owner to organise an inspection time.
  3. A qualified mechanic will visit the vehicle owner and conduct the inspection.
  4. Once complete, you'll receive detailed visual inspection report including comments, ratings and high quality photos.
  5. On top of this, our mechanic will call you and go through everything in detail with you to make sure it's all clear.

Frequently asked questions

That depends on the type of vehicle and inspection, for instance a specialist vehicle requires more components to be checked compared to a standard vehicle. Please see pricing below.

 Product type  Vehicle type Members Non-Members
Pre-purchase or end of warranty Standard/ 4WD/ AWD/ Van $270 $300 
  Specialist vehicles and over 10 years $360  $400
Re-inspection^   $117 $130

^Can only be offered on the same vehicle to the original purchaser of the NRMA vehicle inspection and within 90 days of the original inspection.

We can come to you if you are located in Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong. Or, you can book into any of the Motorserve centres across NSW and ACT.

If the vehicle is located in another state, we recommend booking an inspection with our partner motoring clubs where NRMA Members receive Member discounts. 

Victoria - RACV Vehicle Inspections

Queensland - RACQ Vehicle Inspections

Below is a list of items which are checked during the vehicle inspection.

Note: Brakes, where no dismantling is required.

 Interior  Tyres, wheels, brakes  Road test
 Seat belts  Tyres  Engine performance
 Seat mounts/runners  Wheels  Engine noises
 Seat and other trim  Spare tyre  Exhaust smoke
 Door/child locks, hinges  Master cylinder  Transmission
 Window operation  Calipers  Differential
 Horn  Brake booster  4WD/AWD/SUV/MPV
 Dash/warning lights  Brake hoses and pipes  Steering and suspension
 Gauges  Hand brake  Brake operation
 Washers and wipers    Cruise control
 Heat demister    
 Radio controls    
 All lights    
 Rear window demister    
 Air conditioner    
 Engine compartment  Under body  Exterior
 Fumes/smoke  Frames and members  Rust
 Noises  Under floor panels  Body repairs
 Fluid levels/condition  Fuel tank/hoses  Glass and mirrors
 Fluid/oil leaks  Exhaust system  Bonnet and boot
 Mountings  Automatic/manual  clutch  Struts/locks
 Emission controls  Components  Sun roof/convertible
 Drive belts, pulleys  Differential  Paint
 Battery, charging  Drive shafts/CV joints  Exterior trim
 System  Universal joints  Upper body panels
 Radiator and cap  Front suspension  Other body panels
 Hoses and pipes  Steering components  Boot interiors
 Water pump/cooling  Shock absorbers/struts  
 Fan  Rear suspension  
 Ignition system  Hand brake components  
 Fuel system  Wheel bearings  

What our customers are saying

*Price is based on NRMA Member price for a standard mobile vehicle inspection. Prices vary depending on vehicle type. Terms and conditions apply. 

As of January 2019, NRMA Vehicle Inspections has a Google Business rating of 4.5 stars from 88 reviews.