Vehicle Safety Inspections
When you need one, why they’re important and what’s involved
Thinking about buying or selling a car? Planning a big road trip? Or maybe your car could just do with a little bit of TLC. Whatever the case, regular vehicle safety inspections are an absolute must to ensure your safety, the safety of others and the longevity of your car health.
But what’s involved in an inspection? How long do they take? And how much does a thorough check cost?
We’ve got the answers to all of this and more.
What is a vehicle inspection?
When you book in for a vehicle safety inspection, a qualified mechanic will visually check your car with special attention to core safety and roadworthiness. You’ll be alerted to any existing or potential issues around function and safety and the mechanic will make recommendations based on the findings.
You’ll also receive a full report/certificate detailing everything that has been checked. This gives you an official document from an expert outlining the current state of the vehicle and an indication of any repairs or further maintenance that you may need in the future.
“A car inspection offers expert opinion on the condition of the car and outlines any existing or potential issues”
What is a pre-purchase vehicle inspection?
A pre-purchase inspection is a complete report of the condition of a vehicle ahead of buying or selling. This service offers expert opinion on the condition of the car and outlines any existing or potential issues. It also gives you, as the buyer or seller, a comprehensive report so that you know the exact condition of the car before you finalise a sale.
When is the right time to book in for a car inspection?
Rules and regulations for vehicle inspections vary across the country but are compulsory or required by law in some states.
But, even if you aren’t legally required to have an inspection it might be a good idea. Cars can appear as though everything is running smoothly but hidden problems are common and these can impact on function and core safety.
For this reason, we typically recommend a regular vehicle safety inspection every 6 months or:
- Ahead of any long road trips
- Prior to sale or purchase
- Before your warranty expires
- If you plan to tow a caravan or trailer for the first time
“Cars can appear as though everything is running smoothly but hidden problems are common and these can impact on function and core safety.”
What gets checked in a car inspection?
A standard inspection will usually include the following checks
- Emergency brakes
- Full bumper inspection
- Underbody components
- Horn function
- Seat belts
- Ensure all vehicle lights are working properly (headlights, brake lights, indicators, reverse lights, hazard lights)
- Heating / air con
- Front and rear defrosters
- License plates
- Tyre condition
- Wheel alignment
- Spare tyre
- Brake fluid
- Engine oil
- Drive line
How long does a car inspection take?
In general, a professional will take around 60-90 minutes to complete a thorough vehicle inspection.
How much does a car inspection cost?
A standard car inspection at your local Jax Tyres will cost between $59 and $69. However, we offer it complimentary with any purchase!
A vehicle safety inspection provides valuable expertise and peace of mind for your safety and the health of your car. If you’re unsure whether your car could benefit from a check, give your local store a call and chat to one of our friendly team members.
Is your car due for a check up? Book a vehicle safety inspection with the experts at Jax