Pre-purchase and pre-sales inspections


When buying cars privately, there’s always a risk involved. You might be asking yourself:

  • How has the car been treated?
  • How frequently was it serviced?
  • Does the car have an accident history?

Opting for a pre-purchase inspection, conducted by a neutral third-party, can give you the peace of mind required to purchase with confidence.

What does a pre-purchase inspection look for?

Put simply, a pre-purchase inspection aims to notify you of any problems with the vehicle. It doesn’t include fixing any issues that may be found.

At Grease Monkey Autowerx, a pre-purchase inspection involves inspecting both the exterior and the interior of the vehicle. Our qualified mechanics will go over everything that’s reasonable without actually taking the vehicle apart.

A pre-purchase inspection includes the following thorough, visual checks:

  • Coolant, for colour and residue
  • Engine oil, for how clean it is as well as assessing oil levels
  • Vehicle lighting, both inside and out
  • Looking under the car for drivetrain and coolant system leaks
  • Vehicle brake system, as well as brake and clutch fluids
  • Testing the vehicle charging system (alternator, battery)
  • Making sure the engine runs smoothly without smoke from the exhaust
  • Assessing seatbelts and interior for wear and damage
  • Tyres for roadworthiness
  • Suspension components and bushings to verify they’re in good condition
  • Wipers, window washer function works as expected
  • Heating and air conditioning system

We’ll provide you with a detailed, written report of the inspection and discuss with you, any possible issues that may be found. This will help you to make an informed decision about the potential purchase of the vehicle.

Mechanic conducting a pre-purchase inspection

Why have a pre-purchase inspection?

A pre-purchase inspection can save you money in the long term. In instances where the vehicle does not come with a warranty, as is often the case for private car sales, a pre-purchase inspection becomes even more important. Identifying problems prior to purchase can assist you in negotiating a fair price, or may deter you from purchasing at all.

On the flipside, if you are planning to sell your car, having an independent pre-sale inspection can assist you in setting a fair price. It may also help you to get a better price by showing prospective buyers that the car has been well cared for and is in excellent condition.

Is it possible to miss something?

While it’s very difficult to give a fully comprehensive and detailed report on every component of a car, at least not without considerable disassembly, a pre-purchase inspection that comes back with no issues found is generally a good indication that the vehicle has been looked after.

It should be pointed out that no pre-purchase inspection can be guaranteed to detect every single flaw. However, having a car looked over by a qualified mechanic will help you to avoid serious problems. Any issues that come up during an inspection can be discussed as to how serious an issue or how expensive a fix would be.

Car tyre on road

How do you get an inspection done?

If you’re in Moorabbin, Cheltenham, Clayton or Malvern East and need a pre-purchase, or pre-sale, inspection come and see the trusted experts at Grease Monkey Autowerx. Our experienced and qualified mechanics will provide you with an unbiased report that will help you to purchase a second hand car with confidence.

Come into our shop at 28/684-700 Frankston - Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs VIC 3201 or call us on 03 7037 6211 for a professional and trusted pre-purchase inspection that gives you peace of mind.

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