Retail vehicle inspections

Get an RACV Vehicle Inspection before you buy

RACV Vehicle Inspections are conducted at RACV's Accredited Auto Care Centres across Melbourne. Our experts know what to look for so they can give you the green light to go ahead with your purchase.

You will receive a report on the overall condition of the vehicle based on a visual external examination and a purchase recommendation (if applicable).

This service does not provide a roadworthy certificate. If you are looking for a roadworthy certificate in Victoria please go to the VicRoads roadworthy certificate section.

RACV offers two types of retail vehicle inspections

  • Pre-purchase: suitable if you are purchasing a vehicle. Members receive a 30-day mechanical guarantee (see below).
  • Comprehensive: thoroughly checks more components of the vehicle than a pre-purchase inspection. Also suitable for vehicles coming out of warranty. Members receive a 30-day mechanical guarantee (see below).

What you receive with a vehicle inspection

Once an RACV vehicle inspection has been conducted on the vehicle, you will be provided with an inspection report on the following business day. This report is designed to inform you of the overall condition of the vehicle based on a visual external examination of components only – components are not dismantled to examine internal parts.

Each area inspected is marked with a symbol referring to the state of the part/location on the car. The symbols used are:



Immediate attention is required


Early attention is required


Observation only


Purchase recommendation

On your inspection report, a 'traffic light guide’ provides a purchase recommendation based on the condition of the vehicle at the time of the inspection. The purchase recommendation is subject to the inspection information provided to you in the inspection report and folder. Please remember, the buying choice is yours.

  • STOP: The repairs required and/or the likely risk to future reliability could make purchase of this vehicle an uneconomical proposition for long-term ownership, unless it is intended for restoration and costs are not a consideration.
  • CAUTION: When the items reported are repaired effectively, the vehicle should provide reliable service. All defects should be costed for repair prior to purchase.
  • GO: Where items have been reported, they should only require routine service, adjustment and/or service replacement to ensure the future reliability of the vehicle. These should be costed prior to the purchase of the vehicle.


Find a Vehicle Inspection centre near you

Find your metro or regional RACV AACC Vehicle Inspection centre

Find your regional RACV Vehicle Inspection centre (non-AACC)

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Please note: There are some vehicles we cannot inspect or are only suitable for a comprehensive inspection – e.g., some prestige vehicles and imported vehicles. Such vehicles will be identified at the time of booking.


RACV’s 30-day mechanical guarantee following a retail vehicle inspection

This is available exclusively to RACV members. If a mechanical fault is found within 30 days that was not identified on the inspection report, you will receive a reimbursement towards the cost of the repair. See details below.


Important information about the 30-day mechanical guarantee

RACV members receive a 30-day mechanical guarantee on all vehicle inspections

The 30-day member guarantee is subject to the following conditions:

  • This guarantee is only available to current RACV members.
  • The member must contact the RACV Accredited Auto Care Centre where the inspection was completed (the “Inspecting AACC”) prior to having any repair work carried out.
  • Repairs must be authorised by the Inspecting AACC, or RACV, prior to work being undertaken.
  • All repairs are to be conducted at an approved RACV Accredited Auto Care Centre (the “Repairer”). The Repairer may be the Inspecting AACC (at the member’s discretion)
  • The member must have the vehicle repaired within 30-days of approving the repairs.
  • The member must pay the Repairer for the full cost of repairs and submit the statement of work and paid invoice to the Inspecting AACC. The Inspecting AACC, upon checking the statement of work and invoice, will reimburse the member for the cost of repair up to the value of $1000 for pre-purchase inspections and $2000 for comprehensive inspections.
  • The mechanical fault must occur within 30-days from the date of the inspection (“the guarantee period”).
  • All claims under the guarantee must be notified to the Inspecting AACC or the RACV Motoring Advisory Line within seven days of the expiry of the guarantee period. Claims notified more than seven days after the expiry date of the guarantee period will not be accepted.
  • The member can make claims under the guarantee up to the limit of the mechanical guarantee ($1000 for pre-purchase inspections and $2000 for comprehensive inspections).
  • The guarantee excludes any items repaired after the inspection; consumables (such as engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, tyres, lighting and batteries); pre-existing faults identified as Observation, Early, Immediate, or Warranty in the inspection report; any item covered under a valid dealer statutory warranty; and any non-mechanical items including body work.