Vehicle Inspections

If you’re looking to buy a used car, it’s important you know that it's mechanically and structurally sound before parting with your cash. A vehicle inspection from the RAC can help identify any hidden problems you may not be aware of which could lead to costly repairs.

We offer three levels of inspection:


From £116*

218 point mechanical and structural inspection
Road–test (up to 3 miles)
Engineer fault report sent via email


From £209*

307 point mechanical and structural inspection
Main functions and controls check
Full interior, bodywork and paint inspection
Road–test (up to 10 miles)
Engineer fault report sent via email and verbal summary


From £267*

Identical checks to the comprehensive inspection plus;
Diagnostic check of key areas
Road–test (up to 20 miles)
Brake fluid test and analysis
Photos of the vehicles within the report sent via email1
Engineer fault report sent via email and verbal summary

To get a quote or to book a vehicle inspection, you'll need:

  • The vehicle registration number
  • The seller's permission
  • The address where the vehicle is kept

To book your inspection, call the team on 0330 159 0720 or Request a callback

Our opening hours are –

Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed

Our other inspections

Post-accident inspection – checks repairs made to the vehicle meet the manufacturer standard

Unit and component inspection – performs a detailed inspection of specific vehicle parts

Post purchase inspection – provides a mechanical, structural and component check covering 307 points to confirm problems or mechanical faults after you’ve bought the vehicle

Please call the team on 0330 159 0720 for more information or to book any of our other inspections.

Peace of mind when buying a car...

When buying a new vehicle, you’ll want to make sure that it’s roadworthy, safe to drive and worth the price you’re prepared to pay for it. So why not choose a vehicle inspection from the RAC to give you the peace of mind you need when closing a deal on the vehicle you want.

For additional peace of mind, why not also review our car breakdown cover options here.

From as little as £116 you can book an RAC vehicle inspection where one of our highly experienced engineers will:

  • Inspect the vehicle at an agreed location, usually within 48 hours of your request
  • Conduct a road-test and visual inspection of the vehicle
  • Email your report to you and on request, send you a written copy of the report in the post

And if you’re driving abroad, you can get European breakdown cover too. The RAC offers the best European breakdown cover on the market. See how we compare to our competitors.