Testing Stations

Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection

Make buying or selling a used vehicle easier

A VINZ Vehicle 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.

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

What’s included in a VINZ Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection?

  • A 100+ point vehicle check, by a NZTA approved inspector.
  • We provide an overview of the vehicle’s condition and appearance, at the time of inspection.
  • A list of potential WoF faults and safety defects that may require attention.
  • A review of any recommended repairs.
  • Clarity around the condition of the car before you buy it.
  • A VINZ Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection has a 98% AA Rating.


Why buy a VINZ Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection?

  • 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 Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection can give a buyer greater confidence in your vehicle and help you to sell it.

Branch service

We offer our Vehicle Pre-Purchase Inspection at seven of our testing stations – Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, and Dunedin.

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.

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