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Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI)

Make buying or selling a used vehicle easier

A VINZ Pre-Purchase Inspection is a professional and independent inspection of a vehicle’s mechanical and structural condition and appearance, to help you buy or sell a used vehicle.

One of our Warrant of Fitness (WoF) approved Inspector’s will inspect your vehicle and email you a full PPI Report.

Our PPI Report lists all the items we’ve checked and provides an overview of the vehicle’s condition and appearance, at the time of inspection. We also comment on potential WoF defects and faults that may require attention.

Why obtain a VINZ PPI?

Buying a used vehicle is often a significant purchase and can be risky and daunting, particularly if you have limited mechanical knowledge.

By obtaining a professional and independent assessment you have more information to help you decide whether to buy a vehicle or not.

If you’re selling, a VINZ PPI can give a buyer greater confidence in your vehicle.

What vehicles are not suitable?

A VINZ pre purchase inspection is not suitable for the following vehicles, instead we recommend you obtain a specialised inspection:

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

Customer feedback

Customers highly rate this service, scoring it 4.7 out of 5. Here’s some of their feedback:

  • ‘Wonderful service!’
  • ‘Booking online was easy and fast.’

Branch service

Nine of our branches provide this service (not Auckland Airport or Gore). At this stage, we don’t offer a mobile service.

What's included?

A VINZ PPI checks the following items:

  • Steering, brakes and car handling – we test-drive.
  • Engine - any noise, fumes or smoke?
  • Battery and alternator – condition and operation.
  • Exterior of the radiator, water pump and hoses – condition, including leaks.
  • Wheels and tyre tread depth - any damage?
  • Suspension - any damage, leaks or wear?
  • Lights and radio – are these working?
  • Exterior of the vehicle - any dents, corrosion or damage?
  • Interior of the vehicle - any damage, wear and tear or stains?
  • Car jack, wheel brace, spare wheel and tool kit.

Book Online

Book & pay online. Lock-in a date & time that suits you - now including Saturday mornings.

You can also phone a branch to book. Before you call, you’ll need your credit card and the following details: plate no; make; model; colour; and whether the vehicle has a current WoF and Rego.

More Information
How long will it take?

Allow two hours. Please drop-off your vehicle 15 mins. prior to your booking time. You're welcome to wait if you'd like.

How often?

It’s a one-off, to help you buy or sell a used vehicle.

There’s plenty of good reasons to choose a VINZ PPI:


You can trust us. We’re professional, independent, impartial and don’t carry out repairs.

Inspection specialists

We’re vehicle inspection specialists, appointed by the NZ Transport Agency for over 20 years.

Experienced staff

Our Inspectors are WoF approved, so they know what to look for. Our staff inspect over 210,000 vehicles a year.

Peace of mind

You’ll receive a full PPI Report via email to help you make a purchasing decision.


You can go to any of our nine branches that offer this service (not Auckland Airport or Gore branches).

Why choose VINZ?
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