Finding a car is exciting and it can be tempting to buy on the spot, but it’s important to give the car a good check first to avoid trouble later on.
Only $129 – one of the most competitive prices available.
You’ll get a digital copy of the basic report for your records and to share with your family and friends or potential new owners if you need to. Book online now
Get a thorough assessment. Only $149 – just $20 more than a Basic Assessment.
Assessment includes all the elements of a Basic assessment plus:
You’ll get a digital copy of the comprehensive report for your records including photos of any issues noted that you can you share with your family and friends or potential new owners if you need to. Book online now
Check the car on a nice day, when the car is clean and dry. It will be easier to notice all dents and bumps.
Current Warrant of Fitness?
Yes? It’s not quite enough to tell you that the vehicle is in good working order, but it’s one less thing for you to worry about.
No? It might make you wonder why they’re selling it. All vehicles must be sold with a WoF less than a month old. If you’re buying from a dealer ask them to get the WoF sorted on the car. Or if you’re buying private, the seller must state that it is ‘as is, where is’ if no WoF is available.
Noticeable dents, rust or bumps?
Check that these aren’t going to cause any issues with getting your next warrant, and you may be able to negotiate the price down a bit.
Make sure you take the car out for at least half an hour. You’ll want to test it at varying speed levels and on a mixture of flat and hilly areas.
Does it make any strange noises or feel like it’s not driving right?
Listen for any clunking, screeching or other unusual noises and feel for any vibrations or shaking. There could be a problem with the engine, CV joints, suspension problems or something else.
Get an independent expert to look at the car to make sure there are no nasty surprises that may come up later on.
VTNZ offers a Comprehensive or a Basic Pre-Purchase Assessment on the vehicle depending on your needs, and what you know about cars. Both assessments include a digital report that you can share with your potential buyer or seller if you want to negotiate a better price.
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Check for debt owing on a car before you buy it so there’s no risk of it being repossessed. Go to motorweb.co.nz to get a Vehicle Information Report for only $19.95.
Insurance companies charge different premiums for different vehicles. Make sure the one you want has affordable premiums for your budget. Call a few insurance providers to ask for a quote.
Before you buy, check the vehicle has these things:
No need to book. Wait for your vehicle or leave it with us.