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Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

Make buying or selling a used vehicle easier
Pre-Purchase Inspections

A Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection is independent and inspects the vehicle’s condition, to help you buy or sell a used vehicle.

Why buy a VINZ Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection?

  • Independence – You can trust us. We’re professional, independent, impartial and don’t carry out repair.
  • 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.
  • Get clarity around the condition of a car before you buy it.
  • Buying a used vehicle is often a significant purchase and can be risky, particularly if you have limited mechanical knowledge.
  • By obtaining a independent assessment you have more information to help you decide whether to buy a vehicle or not.
  • A Pre-Purchase Inspection can give a buyer greater confidence in your vehicle and help you to sell it.
  • A VINZ Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection has a 98% AA Rating.

What kind of vehicles do we inspect?

We offer pre-purchase inspections for most cars from small hatchbacks to SUV’s, however some exclusions do apply.

We are not able to offer inspections on the following vehicles:

  • Vehicles that weigh over 3,500kgs
  • Selected vehicles with underbody shields that need to be removed
  • Luxury, deluxe, high performance or specialist vehicles
  • Motorhomes or Caravans
  • Motorcycles
What's included?
Your VINZ Pre-purchase inspection will cover the following items:
  • A 100+ point vehicle check, by a NZTA approved inspector
  • Steering, brakes and car handling
  • Engine - any noise, fumes, smoke and visible leaks
  • Battery and alternator – condition and operation
  • Exterior of the radiator, water pump and hoses – condition, including leaks
  • Wheels and tyre tread depth
  • Suspension - any damage, leaks or wear
  • Exterior of the vehicle, dents, corrosion or damage
  • Interior of the vehicle
  • Car jack, wheel brace, spare wheel and tool kit
  • A list of potential WoF faults and safety defects that may require attention
  • A review of any recommended repairs

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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.

Why choose VINZ?
We are New Zealand's independent vehicle inspection specialists. See what sets us apart from the rest.
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