Inspection only service

If you have found a car yourself through the private ads or through a dealer and you want a professional unbiased opinion on the condition of the car, then I can provide an inspection-only service for you. I will travel to almost any location of your choice and I charge according to the distance from my home in North London.

  • For distances up to 25 miles, I charge a fee of £210.
  • For distances of between 25 and 50 miles, I charge £230.
  • For distances of between 50 and 75 miles, I charge £260.
  • For distances of between 75 and 100 miles, I charge £280.

For distances over 100 miles, I will quote you a figure based upon location. Please get in touch either by email or telephone for a quote for your desired location.

I carry out a full independent inspection, valuation, test drive and produce a written report giving you my unbiased opinion of the car you are looking to buy. With every car that I inspect or find for a customer I carry out a full HPI Check, ensuring the car has no bad history (stolen or written off) or any outstanding finance.

My inspection usually takes around 1.5 hours and involves lifting the vehicle via a high lift trolley jack onto axle stands, so that the vehicle is high enough for me to fully access and examine the underside. I carry out a visual inspection of the vehicle without stripping anything down. The main areas that I look at are:

Chassis – looking for extensive corrosion and accident damage evidence.
Engine, gearbox and drive train for major oil leaks and abnormalities.
Steering, suspension and brakes for abnormalities.
Bodywork for any accident damage or sub-standard repairs.
All mechanical and electrical operations.

I also look at all the vehicle’s paperwork, checking service history and making a valued assessment of the cars authenticity and desirability to be purchased.

My inspection charge is comparable to that of the AA or RAC and the significant advantage is that I have far more experience of inspecting TVRs, Porsches and Lotuses, having owned, raced, maintained, found and inspected hundreds over the past 20 years.

Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee that the vehicle will be free of any mechanical problems that develop immediately following my inspection due to the fact that it is purely visual and does not involve the stripping down of any components to access internal wear or the corrosion levels of the internal areas of the chassis steelwork.


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