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 and history of the vehicle, along with any recommended repairs.
Get the full story so you can buy a used car with confidence
Peace of mindBe armed with all the info you need to make an informed decision on your next vehicle purchase.
Comprehensive reportsDetailed reports that include road tests, high quality photos and a CarHistory report.
ValueIf you're an NRMA Member you save 10% on vehicle inspections and 15% off any identified repairs.
How an NRMA vehicle inspection works
- Make a booking online for your vehicle or one you're buying.
- An inspector will contact the vehicle owner to organise an inspection time.
- A qualified mechanic will visit the vehicle owner and conduct the inspection.
- Once complete, you'll receive detailed visual inspection report including comments, ratings and high quality photos. Plus a free CarHistory report within hours of the inspection.
- 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
How much does an inspection cost?
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|
^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.
Where can I have the vehicle inspected?
What items are checked during the inspection?
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|
|Dash/warning lights||Brake hoses and pipes||Steering and suspension|
|Gauges||Hand brake||Brake operation|
|Washers and wipers||Cruise control|
|Rear window demister|
|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|
|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|
|Ignition system||Hand brake components|
|Fuel system||Wheel bearings|