Testing Stations

VINZ Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) – Terms and Conditions

By booking a PPI in your name, you enter a contract with VINZ and agree to the following Terms and Conditions:

  1. A PPI is a non-invasive, visual inspection to check the condition and appearance of a vehicle at the time of inspection. In the Additional Information
    below is a list of some of the assessments that the Inspector will undertake when preparing the PPI Report.
  2. No parts or covers are removed for a PPI except for the following, if they are easily accessible:
  •     Access to the spare wheel and tools.
  •     Air cleaner.
  •     Battery cover.
  1. Timing/cam belts are not inspected. VINZ recommends you contact a representative of the manufacturer to assess the condition of the
    vehicle’s timing/cam belt.
  2. The PPI does not include any computer, electrical or mechanical diagnosis.
  3. A PPI will not identify hidden defects, intermittent faults or problems that require parts of the vehicle to be removed.
  4. The PPI Report will not identify whether any of the vehicle’s systems or parts will continue to operate acceptably after the PPI has been completed.
  5. Any documents referred to in the PPI Report are listed so you know they are available. VINZ is not liable for the accuracy or completeness of
    these documents.
  6. A PPI does not provide information about the registration, leins or finance secured over a vehicle, or vehicle ownership. VINZ recommends you
    check this information.
  7. The information provided in the PPI Report may be affected by the weather or other conditions or if the inspector is not able to perform the
    road test at 50km/per hour.
  8. VINZ is under no contractual obligation to supply information or copies of the PPI Report to a third party.
  9. A PPI for electric and hybrid vehicles does not include an assessment of the electric drive components and drive battery. Engine diagnostics are unable to be completed on a hybrid vehicle.
  10. A road test may not be conducted if the vehicle does not have a current Warrant of Fitness (WoF) and/or Vehicle License (rego).
  11. You agree to pay the PPI fee to VINZ at the time of booking the PPI. This prepayment is subject to VINZ’s Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  12. VINZ liability to you for any errors in the PPI Report will be limited to the fee received by VINZ for preparing the PPI Report.
  13. VINZ reserves the right to change or move a booking due to any unforeseen circumstances.
  14. Vehicle Year – For a motor vehicle, “vehicle year” means the year of manufacture or the model year or the year of first registration anywhere in the world

Vehicles not suitable for a Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection
VINZ does not conduct a PPI on the following, instead VINZ recommends you obtain a specialised inspection specifically for the vehicle type:

  •     Vehicles over 3,500kgs.
  •     Selected vehicles with underbody shields that need to be removed.
  •     Luxury, deluxe, high performance or specialist vehicles.

Additional information

Engine noise, fumes and exhaust smoke are observed. External drive belts are checked for condition and security. Engine ancillaries are checked, as applicable and if accessible.

The battery and alternator are tested. Lights are checked to see if they are working. The alignment of headlights is not checked.

Cooling system
The radiator, water pump and hoses are checked externally for signs of deterioration and leaks. A pressure test of the cooling system is conducted to check for leaks and signs of internal engine problems. The condition of the antifreeze and anti-corrosion inhibitor is tested. A TK Head test is performed to check for any exhaust emissions through the cooling system.

Wheels are inspected for damage. Tyres are checked for tread depth, damage and abnormal wear patterns. The tyres are checked for compatibility and the type of spare wheel is identified.

The interior is checked for damage, wear and tear and stains and operational issues. These are evaluated against the age and mileage of the vehicle. Seat belts, warning lights, windows, sunroof and glazing are also checked, together with interior lighting, the vehicles tool kit and jack.

The exterior, such as the vehicle body and external mirrors and projections, are checked for dents, corrosion and damage.

Underbody and suspension
The underbody is inspected for signs of accident damage, corrosion and other structural damage. The exhaust system is checked for leaks and general condition, while the steering system is checked for correct operation. The engine, steering and suspension systems are checked for leaks. The suspension system is reviewed for damage and effective operation.

A PPI evaluates brake performance on the road-test, looking for effective stopping distance and imbalance. The brake surfaces and brake lines are visually inspected, if accessible, for damage, excessive wear and/or leaks.

Road test
A road-test is conducted at a maximum of 50 kilometres per hour to assess driveability under normal driving conditions.

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