Inspections are available Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm, excluding public holidays.

Buying a new or used car?

Whether you’re looking to buy a new or used car, RAA’s experienced inspectors will provide a detailed report on the vehicle’s condition. This will help you drive a better deal and save you from nasty surprises down the track.

RAA members save 15% on vehicle inspections, plus we also offer free headlight aiming checks for our members.

Compare our pre-purchase vehicle inspections

Total Care

Our most comprehensive inspection looks at the car's mechanical condition as well as the internal and external condition, including the body and chassis.
From $295

Mechanical

Less comprehensive than a Total Care inspection, this inspection is for buyers who are only concerned with the car's mechanical condition.
From $270

Total Care

From $295

Mechanical

From $270
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    Engine condition

    Mounting and stabiliser bar condition; abnormal noises from internal components; oil level and visual quality condition; oil leaks from engine components; oil fuming (compression bypassing piston rings); visual inspection of oil burning (if the engine is cold); electronic cylinder performance test; road test for up to 5km at the local metro speed limit. 
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    Cooling system

    Pressure testing and check for external leaks; external examination of hoses and pipes; rise test for compression leak into system; visual condition and level of coolant; examination of drive belts (without removal).
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    Fuel and exhaust systems

    Cold start device if the engine is cold; visual inspection fuel lines/hoses/linkages; external examination of exhaust system; operation of fuel delivery and filter components.
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    Statutory electrical systems

    Operation of all front and rear lighting and trafficators; operation of windscreen wiper/washers; operation of front and rear window demisters; operation of warning device.
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    Transmission

    Check for oil leaks and abnormal wear in components; check for correct operation during road test.
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    Wheels and tyres

    Check wheels and tyres for damage/wear and legal compliance.
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  • Optional electrical systems

    Check starter motor and vehicle battery condition; test operation of battery charging system; check operation warning lights and gauges (not accuracy); check instruments and speedometer (not accuracy); engine tune performance/analysis.
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  • Braking system

    Check of cables/pivots, brake lines and hoses for leaks; inspect and measure brake disc/drums and linings/pads; check for leaks at master and wheel cylinders and callipers.
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  • Suspension/steering

    Check for wear in steering and suspension joints and pivots; check for leaks and operation of shock absorbers; check power steering for leaks and abnormal noise; check for abnormal movement and noise in wheel bearings.
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  • Check chassis for damage/rust or previous poor repairs

    Check chassis for damage/rust or previous poor repairs.
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  • Check operation of locks, latches & accessories

    Check operation of locks, latches and accessories (excluding sound systems).
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  • Check current/previous poor body/pain damage/repairs

    Check current/previous poor body/paint damage/repairs; detailed inspection of body/paint and trim.
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  • Inspection of seat mountings and seat belt condition

    Inspection of seat mountings and seat belt condition.
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  • Check condition of window glass and mirrors

    Check condition of window glass and mirrors.
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  • Check if the car has been written off, stolen or is still under finance

    Check of the Personal Properties Securities Register.
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  • Phone consultation with an RAA technical advisor

    Talk through your results and outcomes with an expert.
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Compare our pre-purchase vehicle inspections

Use the drop-down menus to compare options

Total Care
Our most comprehensive inspection looks at the car's mechanical condition as well as the internal and external condition, including the body and chassis.
From $295
Mechanical
Less comprehensive than a Total Care inspection, this inspection is for buyers who are only concerned with the car's mechanical condition.
From $270
Total Care
Mechanical
  • 1

    Engine condition

    Mounting and stabiliser bar condition; abnormal noises from internal components; oil level and visual quality condition; oil leaks from engine components; oil fuming (compression bypassing piston rings); visual inspection of oil burning (if the engine is cold); electronic cylinder performance test; road test for up to 5km at the local metro speed limit. 
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    fa-check
  • 1

    Cooling system

    Pressure testing and check for external leaks; external examination of hoses and pipes; rise test for compression leak into system; visual condition and level of coolant; examination of drive belts (without removal).
    fa-check
    fa-check
  • 1

    Fuel and exhaust systems

    Cold start device if the engine is cold; visual inspection fuel lines/hoses/linkages; external examination of exhaust system; operation of fuel delivery and filter components.
    fa-check
    fa-check
  • 1

    Statutory electrical systems

    Operation of all front and rear lighting and trafficators; operation of windscreen wiper/washers; operation of front and rear window demisters; operation of warning device.
    fa-check
    fa-check
  • 1

    Transmission

    Check for oil leaks and abnormal wear in components; check for correct operation during road test.
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    fa-check
  • 1

    Wheels and tyres

    Check wheels and tyres for damage/wear and legal compliance.
    fa-check
    fa-check
  • Optional electrical systems

    Check starter motor and vehicle battery condition; test operation of battery charging system; check operation warning lights and gauges (not accuracy); check instruments and speedometer (not accuracy); engine tune performance/analysis.
    fa-check
    fa-check
  • Braking system

    Check of cables/pivots, brake lines and hoses for leaks; inspect and measure brake disc/drums and linings/pads; check for leaks at master and wheel cylinders and callipers.
    fa-check
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  • Suspension/steering

    Check for wear in steering and suspension joints and pivots; check for leaks and operation of shock absorbers; check power steering for leaks and abnormal noise; check for abnormal movement and noise in wheel bearings.
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  • Check chassis for damage/rust or previous poor repairs

    Check chassis for damage/rust or previous poor repairs.
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  • Check operation of locks, latches & accessories

    Check operation of locks, latches and accessories (excluding sound systems).
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  • Check current/previous poor body/pain damage/repairs

    Check current/previous poor body/paint damage/repairs; detailed inspection of body/paint and trim.
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  • Inspection of seat mountings and seat belt condition

    Inspection of seat mountings and seat belt condition.
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  • Check condition of window glass and mirrors

    Check condition of window glass and mirrors.
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  • Check if the car has been written off, stolen or is still under finance

    Check of the Personal Properties Securities Register.
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  • Phone consultation with an RAA technical advisor

    Talk through your results and outcomes with an expert.
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  • Do you live in the country?

    Many of these inspections are available at our RAA Approved Vehicle Inspection Centres – trusted local automotive businesses in regional SA.
  • Business and fleet inspections

    RAA also offers inspections for businesses, taxis and rideshare vehicles.
  • NSW and NT roadworthy checks

    We are the only organisation in SA authorised to complete NSW and NT roadworthy checks.

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Terms and conditions

Keep in mind that prices may change due to things like unexpected difficulties with the vehicle, removal of parts and covers, or the need for additional workshop facilities. Take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions (PDF, 383 KB) that may apply to your type of inspection.

What do we inspect? Download our Inspection contents overview form (PDF, 432 KB).