Online auctions and marketplaces have made it easier than ever to find a great car at a great place. The trouble is, the perfect car might not be local to you.
With this in mind, people often ask us if they need to be present when an inspection is carried out. Here, we’ll look at whether it’s a good idea for you to travel to the car, and what happens if you can’t.
Inspecting on your behalf
The good news is, when you instruct Car.co.uk to carry out a vehicle inspection for you, you can have it carried out while you’re at home, at work, or even at the other end of the country.
Our inspectors don’t need you to be present; in fact, they only need the vendor to be present and to give their permission for the inspection to take place.
Where can inspections be done?
Since we don’t require the person who’s booked the inspection to be present, it means you can book for your inspection to be carried out on a car anywhere in mainland UK. What’s more, our inspectors can complete their report whether the car’s in a dealership, on someone’s drive, or even at someone’s place of work.
We simply ask that the car is parked on hard, level ground, and is off the public highway.
What do I need to do in advance?
Although we don’t require much from you directly, we do ask that you let the vehicle owner know our inspector is coming. When you do, you’ll also need to ask that:
- Keys for the vehicle are available
- There is sufficient fuel in the car for it to be road tested
- The vehicle is at the address that we’ve been given
- The vehicle is reasonably clean and free of rubbish
- The car can be safely and legally driven
- The MOT certificate and DVLA registration documents (V5C) are available for inspection
As long as all these points are met, we’ll have no problem carrying out your inspection.
Receiving your report
Soon after your inspection has been completed, you’ll receive a copy of the final report.
This report is broken down into 26 different sections – covering everything from exhaust, engine, and transmission, right through to the car’s finance status and service history. Don’t worry though, although there’s a lot of information, it’s put together into easily digested chunks – each colour-coded to make sure you don’t miss any important points.
Each of the points inspected will be shown on the report as green (OK), amber (Warning), or red (Danger). In cases where the inspector has decided either an amber or red warning needs to be given, you’ll also receive a photo that shows the problem – along with a comment explaining the mark.
With an inspection, there’s no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ as you might expect from an MOT; instead, the report is designed to give you all the information needed so you can decide if the car’s right for you. If you’re looking for a car that’s perfect and immediately ready to drive, then you might want to make sure all the inspection points are green – however, if you’re hoping to knock the price down a little, a few amber or red points could give you room for a little haggling, especially if they’re likely to cause the car to fail