Whether you’re about to hit the open road or you want to buy a used car or caravan, get an RACQ vehicle inspection for greater peace of mind.

A comprehensive vehicle inspection will reveal any potentially serious or costly faults in a used vehicle or caravan. These are things that a basic Safety Certificate inspection won’t identify. 

RACQ can carry out a range of vehicle inspections – from master checks through to spot checks. Our qualified professionals will find and assess flaws and let you know what sort of repairs you’d be up against. Using our hand-held computer, we compile the report as we go – and take photos along the way – and can then send it to you via post, email or fax.

To enquire or book, call us on 13 1905.

Why RACQ?

  • Competitive rates
  • Qualified inspectors
  • Written report (including photos)
  • Existing and potential faults 
  • Range of inspections available.
A comprehensive inspection of a used vehicle that tests most components.

Recommended for:

Pre-purchase

Before you purchase your next car

Repairs

To find out the condition of your current car

Warranty expiry

Before your warranty expires.

What it costs:

Vehicle   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 Light vehicles   $260  $315
 4WDs, prestige and commercial vehicles
 $315  $370

Booking enquiry
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Check includes:

Body (panels and paint) 

General condition and check for signs of repair

Interior 

Interior trim including seats, restraints, window and door mechanisms

Glass 

Condition of windscreen and operation of all windows

Door locks 

Including central locking mechanisms

Under body inspection

Including panels, frames, steering and suspension, exhaust and driveline components

Brakes 

With all wheels and brake drums removed, brakes are inspected (exception: dual rear wheel vehicles)

Road wheels 

Including tyre tread depth and condition

Engine 

Including relative compression test, cooling system pressure test and component check, drive belts, engine oil level and condition, computer fault codes

Oil leaks 

Report on all visible engine, driveline and brake system oil leaks

Electrical system 

Including battery, alternator and charging system check, light operation and condition, horn, heater demister and a/c operation

Road test 

A road test of at least 8km to test steering, suspension, brake operation, engine and driveline operation
A mechanical inspection that focuses on the mechanics – it doesn’t check the condition of the body or paintwork.

Recommended for:

Repairs

To find out the condition of your current car

Pre-holiday

Know what condition your car’s in before you head off on your next big drive holiday

Warranty expiry

Before your used car or statutory warranty expires.

What it costs:

 Vehicle  RACQ member price   Non-member price 
Light vehicles 
 $185 $240
 4WDs, prestige and commercial vehicles
 $215 $270

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Under body inspection

Including panels, frames, steering and suspension, exhaust and driveline components

Brakes 

With all wheels and brake drums removed, brakes are inspected (exception: dual rear wheel vehicles)

Road wheels 

Including tyre tread depth and condition

Engine 

Including relative compression test, cooling system pressure test and component check, drive belts, engine oil level and condition, computer fault codes

Oil leaks 

Report on all visible engine, driveline and brake system oil leaks

Electrical system 

Including battery, alternator and charging system check, light operation and condition, horn, heater demister and a/c operation

Road test 

A road test of at least 8km to test steering, suspension, brake operation, engine and driveline operation.
We come to you or a car dealership to conduct the check.  It doesn’t check brakes and oil level plugs are not removed. 

Recommended for:

Pre-purchase

Before you purchase your next car

Repairs

To find out the condition of your current car.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 Light vehicles 
 $210  $265
 4WDs, prestige and commercial vehicles
 $265  $320

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Body (panels and paint) 

General condition and check for signs of repair

Interior 

Interior trim including seats, restraints, window and door mechanisms

Glass 

Condition of windscreen and operation of all windows

Door locks 

Including central locking mechanisms

Under body inspection

Including floor panels, frames, steering and suspension, exhaust and driveline components

Road wheels 

Including tyre tread depth and condition

Engine 

Including relative compression test, cooling system pressure test and component check, drive belts, engine oil level and condition, computer fault codes

Oil leaks 

Report on all visible engine, driveline and brake system oil leaks

Electrical system 

Including battery, alternator and charging system check, light operation and condition, horn, heater demister and a/c operation

Road test 

A road test of at least 8km to test steering, suspension, brake operation, engine and driveline operation.
A review of the panel repairs done on your vehicle following an accident, to ensure they are up to scratch. This check requires the repair quote. 

Recommended for:

Checking quality of panel repairs

Check that the repairs have been carried out correctly.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 All vehicles 
 $245  $295

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Panel inspection 

To confirm panel repairs have been carried out satisfactorily

Road test 

A road test of at least 8km to test steering, suspension, brake operation, engine and driveline operation.
A check of a specific problem or issue with your vehicle. Useful if you have received a high repair quote or you are concerned about the performance of brakes, steering, suspension and so on.

Recommended for:

Specific faults

Get a particular fault checked professionally.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 All vehicles 
 Min. $57 + hourly rate
 Min. $75 + hourly rate

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Inspection of a particular component of your car
A check to confirm that any defects listed on a vehicle inspection report have been repaired correctly. 

Recommended for:

Pre-purchase

Before you purchase your next car

Repairs

To find out the condition of your current car.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 All vehicles 
  $55  $55

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Inspection as per vehicle inspection report
A check to produce a Safety Certificate, which is a requirement when you are selling your car or transferring to a Queensland registration. 

Recommended for:

Pre-sale

Before you sell your car

Registration

If you plan to register your car with Queensland plates.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 All vehicles 
  $72.20
 $72.20

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

Basic safety check as per Department of Transport and Main Roads requirements
A comprehensive check of the condition of a caravan, trailer or horse float to identify any defects that require attention. Some used caravan dealers sell RACQ pre-inspected caravans  that have already been inspected by us. This is not a caravan safety certificate. 

Recommended for:

Pre-purchase

Before you buy a used caravan, trailer or horse float

Pre-holiday

Know the condition of your caravan before you head off on your next adventure.

What it costs:

   RACQ member price   Non-member price 
 All vehicles 
  $140
 $140

Booking enquiry

Check includes:

  • Mechanical
  • Under-body
  • 12 volt external electrical
  • Wheels and tyres

Also check out:

  • It is important that you choose the type of inspection that suits you best. Please refer to the inspection features above for this purpose. RACQ does not accept responsibility for you choosing an unsuitable type of inspection. Please call us for advice on the inspection most suitable for you. These terms and conditions are detailed below:
  • Vehicle inspection prices depend on the type of vehicle inspection you select as being appropriate for you. The RACQ's vehicle inspections staff can give you a fixed price when you book.
  • Mobile Inspections only available in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns. Vehicles must be registered or at a dealer where a trade plate is available. Not suitable for all vehicles, such as high series prestige vehicles.
  • Mechanical and Body components are not removed during inspection with the exception of wheels and brake drums. While every care and precaution is taken to ensure the accuracy of the report, some faults may not be evident at the time of testing or can be spasmodic in nature.
  • The operations of in-car entertainment units and car alarms are not checked.
  • Checks of the air conditioning system are confined to its basic operation and external mechanical condition. Full performance tests (including temperature checks) of either normal or climate control systems are not carried out.
  • Some vehicles are fitted with airbag safety systems. All active components are generally enclosed and we are unable to report on the integrity or operational capability of the system.

New Vehicle Terms and Conditions

1. General
1.1 These Terms and Condition apply at the time the inspection is booked. If you re-book the inspection this will mean that the applicable Terms and Conditions will be those applicable at the time you re-book. The Terms and Conditions may be found at www.racq.com.au. You should make sure you review the current Terms and Conditions as it is important you under¬stand the scope of the inspections we undertake.
1.2 A hard copy of the current Terms and Conditions can be provided to you on request. 
1.3 RACQ will undertake the type of inspection nominated by you at the time of booking and provide to you at the end of the inspection a report on the inspection (Vehicle Inspection Report). The features of the vehicle inspection are identified on our website. The limitations on what we inspect are described in these Terms and Conditions. It is important you understand these limitations. 
1.4 By its nature an inspection can only consider the vehicle as at the time of inspection. Defects may arise after the time of the inspection, which defects were not identifiable at the time of inspection.
1.5 Further, but without limiting our obligation to provide services to you in accordance with the requirements of any consumer guarantees which apply under the Australian Consumer Law, an inspection, of its nature, will not necessarily identify all defects with a vehicle. Our inspectors use generally accepted methods of fault detection in carrying out inspections, but these methods will not necessarily identify all defects.
1.6 The Vehicle Inspection Report may only be read and used by you. You may not provide it to any other person unless we agree in advance and in writing. To the extent the law permits, our only liability in respect of the contents of the Vehicle Inspection Report is to you.
1.7 Subject to any restrictions imposed by law, we reserve the right to disclose information to a relevant third party on any potential safety issues regarding the vehicle which are identified by this inspection.
1.8 Where the inspection has been requested to assist you in making a decision to purchase a vehicle, you should appreciate that the Vehicle Inspec¬tion Report is not a recommendation to purchase, or not purchase, the vehicle. That decision is your own to make having regard to such matters as you consider relevant. 
1.9 If you cancel the inspection within 24 hours of the pre-arranged time then a cancellation fee of $20 will be payable by you.
2. Inspection
2.1 Your Vehicle Inspection Report can only relate to the condition of the vehicle at the time of the inspection. 
2.2 Some vehicles may only be inspected in our workshop due to vehicle difficulty, inspection location difficulty and safety requirements. 
2.3 There are some vehicles that either we cannot inspect or only a limited inspection can be carried out. This might be because of limited access, level of complexity or specialised tools and equipment required. We will attempt to advise where this might occur prior to conducting a vehicle inspection and this will be recorded in the Vehicle Inspection Report.
2.4 Our vehicle inspection is based on the external examination of vehicle components. Due to the time and cost involved, it is not feasible for us to dismantle component assemblies to measure internal parts. These are evaluated by such factors as noise, operation and performance on the road test. If you wish to have an inspection of internal parts undertaken you will need to contact a different service provider and arrange for them to undertake that inspection. We do not provide this service.
2.5 Our inspectors will carry out a visual and operating inspection, and check the general state of the vehicle at the time of the inspection. 
2.7 Road tests may be completed within speed limits permissible within the immediate test area
2.8 Some faults do not become evident unless higher speeds are tested or achieved (e.g. wheel bearings). 
3. Exclusions
3.1 Our vehicle inspection will not tell you everything you need to know about the vehicle. 
3.2 The Vehicle Inspection Report will not tell you about hidden and concealed defects, intermittent problems not apparent at time of inspection, prob¬lems which cannot be identified on a visual inspection or unless parts of the vehicle are dismantled, or which become manifest after inspection.
3.3 We do not remove fixed items such as Baby seats and Seat covers during the inspection.
3.4 The inspection may not test the engine through the full operating temperature range of the engine therefore, some issues which are only evident when cold may not be detectable when the engine is presented hot.
3.5 Any documents with the vehicle, such as the vehicle service records, vehicle manual, damage reports and repair records, are not inspected. We do not prepare those documents or verify their accuracy and so will not be making any assessment as to whether their contents are accurate.
3.6 Vehicles with a transmission not designed for full time 4WD are not driven in 4WD to avoid risking damage to the vehicle drive train.
4. The Vehicle Inspection Report
4.1 All items in the inspection checklist are evaluated along with those requested by you and agreed by us at the time of the booking.
4.2 Only defects detectable at the time of the inspection are reported. 
4.3 We will provide our professional opinion of the overall condition of the vehicle for your guidance. You should appreciate a professional opinion is a matter of judgement, and our professional opinion will assist you in making informed decisions.
5. Risk to Purchaser
5.1 Due to the limitations on the detection and/or analysis of some faults, (those that are internal, concealed or hidden, and/or are not audible within the limitations of our road test) to purchase a vehicle without a warranty from the seller may expose the purchaser to significant risks. 
6. Liability
6.1 Under the Australian Consumer Law “consumer guarantees” apply to the vehicle inspection services RACQ provides where those services are provided to consumers (as defined in the Australian Consumer Law). The guarantees include that services will be rendered with due care and skill.
6.2 Nothing in these Terms and Conditions varies RACQ’s liability to you in respect of any consumer guarantees which apply between you and RACQ. The remedies you have for any breach of these guarantees are set out in the Australian Consumer Law. 
6.3 Apart from our liability under the Australian Consumer Law consumer guarantees, to the extent the law permits we exclude all liability to you of any nature in connection with the vehicle inspections we undertake or for anything which happens to the vehicle while it is in our possession, custody or control. This exclusion extends to actions in tort (including negligence), for breach of contract, for breach of bailment conditions or on any other basis whatsoever (other than under the Australian Consumer Law consumer guarantees). The circumstances in which our liability is excluded include without limitation where the vehicle is involved in an accident during a test drive. You should ensure that the vehicle is appropriately insured. 
6.4 Subject to our liability under the Australian Consumer Law consumer guarantees, to the extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for any delay in performing, or any failure to carry out, a vehicle inspection to the extent that such a delay or failure results from events or circumstances outside our reasonable control. Nothing in this clause 6.4 limits the scope of clause 6.3.
7. Payment
7.1 Payment may be made at the time of booking or at the time of inspection. Payment may be made by card, cheque or cash in our of our branches.
7.3 A copy of the completed inspection report will be provided to you after the inspection.
8. Variation
8.1 The Terms and Conditions will be varied by RACQ from time to time. 
The report we produce is only for the use of the person to whom it is addressed and may not be relied upon by any other person. 
As at September 2014