Check a used car's condition with a Used Car Inspection from just £79.00

For complete peace of mind.

Basic inspection

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From £79.00

Our basic inspection to help give you peace of mind
INCLUDES:
  • Up to 75-point check.
  • For vehicles up to £2,500
  • Full Vehicle History Check 
  • Limited checks of exterior and interior
  • Up to 5-mile road test

Standard inspection

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From £95.00

Our standard inspection to help give you even more reassurance
INCLUDES:
  • Up to 155-point check including engine, suspension, brakes and fuel system.
  • Full Vehicle History Check 
  • For vehicles up to 8 years old
  • Full photographic report
  • Limited checks of exterior and interior
  • Up to 5-mile road test

Enhanced inspection

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From £149.00

An inspection with extra checks for total confidence
INCLUDES:
  • Up to 218-point check including engine, suspension, brakes and fuel system.
  • Full Vehicle History Check 
  • For vehicles of any age
  • Full photographic report
  • Detailed physical inspection, including mechanical parts
  • Bodywork checks for accident damage
  • Up to 10-mile road test
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I checked out a van that I had seen for sale online and was keen to know all about it. I used the free check to start with, see what it came up with first before paying for a more in depth check. The colours of the van I was looking at didn't match what DVLA thought it was. I will leave well alone! I didn't go as far as paying for the advanced check, there didn't seem much point. Thank you very much Next Car Check and my thanks to the lovely Molly who helped me through the process. I will definitely use this company again. PS Promise to give you some money next time.
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Positive: Professionalism, Value Excellent customer service from online chat assistant Molly who confidently and competently steered me through the service. Friendly with sufficient knowledge to be able to answer questions without having to go and refer to anyone else. Highly recommended.
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Really easy to use and cheapest I have found
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Brilliant service and so quick and easy to do, took less than a minute to get all the information I needed! So much information available which is broken down in a really clear way and easy to understand. Will definitely be using Nextcarcheck again!
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See what we check

Enhanced 210 Checks Standard 155 Checks Basic 75 Checks
Outstanding finance check yes no no
Stolen vehicle check yes yes no
Written off check yes yes no
Body exterior Enhanced 210 Checks Standard 155 Checks Basic 75 Checks
Full vehicle history check yes yes no
Panel condition/alignment yes no no
Paintwork yes no no
Exterior trim yes no no
Glass yes yes no
Bumpers and number plates yes no no
Door locks yes yes no
Fuel filler cover/cap yes yes no
Soft top operation yes no no
Body damage yes yes no
Corrosion yes yes no
Corrosion protection yes no no
Mud flaps yes yes no
Bonnet catch yes yes no
Bonnet hinges yes yes no
Body load space condition no no no
Engine compartment Enhanced Standard Basic
Coolant level/condition yes yes yes
Coolant leaks yes yes yes
Anti freeze yes yes yes
Radiator/cap yes yes yes
Hoses/pipes yes yes yes
Drive belts yes yes yes
Water pump yes yes yes
Power steering (oil level) yes yes yes
Clutch fluid yes yes yes
Brake fluid yes yes yes
Engine oil level yes yes yes
External leaks (Upper engine) yes yes yes
Engine mountings yes yes yes
Carburettor/fuel injection yes yes yes
Turbo/supercharger yes yes yes
Fuel pump/pipes yes yes yes
Accelerator links yes yes yes
Cold starting yes yes yes
Fast idle (cold) yes yes no
Noise level (cold) yes yes no
Excess fumes/smoke yes yes no
Electrical controls Enhanced Standard Basic
Starting systems/ignition lock yes yes yes
Battery condition yes yes no
Battery voltages yes yes no
Headlights yes yes yes
Sidelights yes yes yes
Rear lights yes yes yes
Stop lights yes yes yes
Indicators/hazard lights yes yes yes
Reverse/fog lights yes yes yes
Auxiliary lights yes yes yes
Interior/panel lights yes yes yes
Mirrors (electric) yes yes yes
Controls/switches yes yes yes
Instruments yes yes yes
Horn yes yes yes
Radio aerial yes no no
Heater/fan controls yes no no
Air con operation yes no no
Windows/sun roof yes yes yes
Wipers/washers yes yes yes
Headlamp wash/wipe yes yes yes
Interior/luggage compartment Enhanced Standard Basic
Steering wheel alignment/Adjustment yes no no
Seat upholstery yes no no
Seat adjustment yes yes yes
Seat belts yes yes yes
Carpets yes yes no
Door trims panels yes yes no
Door fittings/operations yes yes no
Door seals/hinges yes yes no
Interior sills yes yes no
Headlining/visors yes yes no
Sun roof yes yes no
Dash panel (condition) yes yes no
Cigarette lighter yes yes no
Mirrors (internal) yes yes no
Rear parcel shelf yes yes no
Boot/tailgate lock yes yes no
Luggage area trim condition yes no no
Illumination light yes no no
Tool kit yes no no
Soft top (condition) yes no no
Tonneau cover yes no no
Front suspension/steering/under-frame Enhanced Standard Basic
Engine underside leakage yes yes yes
Steering joints/ball joints yes yes yes
Steering box/rack yes yes yes
Chassis members yes yes yes
Power steering (operation) yes yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes yes
Springs/suspension units yes yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes yes
Dampers (condition/leaks) yes yes yes
Gaiters yes yes yes
Sub frames mountings yes yes yes
Suspension arms/mounts yes yes yes
Tie bars/anti roll bars yes yes yes
Corrosion protection yes no no
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes yes
Rear suspension/under-frame Enhanced Standard Basic
Springs/suspension bars yes yes yes
Anti-roll bar yes yes yes
Dampers/bushes yes yes yes
Suspension arms/fixings yes yes yes
Location rods/fixings yes yes yes
Bump stops/gaiters yes yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes yes
Sub frames/mountings yes yes yes
Chassis members yes yes yes
Corrosion protection yes no no
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes yes
Clutch/transmission Enhanced Standard Basic
Fluid/oil leaks yes yes yes
Cables/adjustments yes yes yes
Hydraulic system yes yes yes
Linkage (wear) yes yes yes
Casings yes yes yes
Mountings yes yes yes
Drive shaft assembly yes yes yes
Universal/sliding joints yes yes yes
Backlash yes yes yes
Gaiters yes yes yes
Prop shaft(s) yes yes yes
Bearings/supports yes yes yes
Four-wheel drive transmission yes no no
Exhaust system Enhanced Standard Basic
Manifold yes yes yes
Pipes yes yes yes
Silencer(s) catalyst yes yes yes
Heat shields/mountings yes yes yes
Joints/couplings yes yes yes
System condition yes yes yes
Fuel system Enhanced Standard Basic
Tank yes yes yes
Tank fixings yes yes yes
Fuel lines yes yes yes
Breather pipes yes yes yes
Evidence of leaks yes yes yes
Brakes Enhanced Standard Basic
Master cylinder security yes yes yes
Fluid leaks yes yes yes
Servo/power system yes yes yes
Flexible hoses yes yes yes
Pipes/connections yes yes yes
Discs/pads (if visible) yes yes yes
H/brake/operation adjustment yes yes yes
H/brake linkage yes yes yes
Pedal/linkage yes yes yes
Wheels and tyres Enhanced Standard Basic
Wheel rims yes yes yes
Wheel trims yes yes yes
Right front tyre yes yes yes
Left front tyre yes yes yes
Right rear tyre yes yes yes
Left rear tyre yes yes yes
Spare tyre yes yes yes
Road test Enhanced Standard Standard
Distance covered, where possible Up to 10 miles Up to 5 miles Up to 2 miles
Final drive operation/noise yes yes yes
Gearbox operation/noise yes yes yes
Engine performance yes yes yes
Engine noise yes yes yes
Excess smoke yes yes yes
Overheating evidence yes yes yes
Auto changes/kick down yes yes yes
Instruments/controls operation yes yes yes
Steering wheel alignment yes yes yes
Clutch operation yes yes yes
4WD operation yes no no
Cooling fan operation yes yes yes
Steering effort yes yes yes
Hot restart yes yes yes
Road holding/stability yes yes yes
General steering/handling yes yes yes
Foot brake operation yes yes yes
H/brake operation yes yes yes
Suspension noise yes yes yes
Warning lights yes yes yes
Final check Enhanced Standard Basic
Uneven tyre wear yes yes yes
Oil leaks yes yes yes
Coolant leaks yes yes yes

When you buy a used car, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re getting. With the pre-purchase inspection in our Vehicle Inspection, you can see whether a car’s in good order before you buy.

As part of our inspection, we’ll:

  • Aim to inspect your chosen vehicle usually within 2 to 4 working days of booking
  • Carry out diagnostics checks in our comprehensive inspections
  • Provide a Full Vehicle History Report (including outstanding finance, written off and stolen checks)
  • Email you a detailed written report within 24 hours of the inspection
  • Include a full photographic report in the price

Vehicle Inspection options

The price and level of inspection depends on the level of inspection you would like. Consider the type, age, value and model of vehicle, and excludes insurance write-offs.

We can inspect cars, 4x4s, motorhomes, vans, hybrid vehicles and electric cars and vans.

What is a vehicle inspection?

Every vehicle has a story to tell. And when you’re buying a used vehicle, it’s hard to tell what condition it’s in just by looking at it.

That’s where our Vehicle Inspection with pre-purchase checks can help. The inspection includes:

  • Qualified engineer to inspect the car (or van or motorhome) you’re interested in.
  • A report for peace of mind that it’s roadworthy and safe.
  • Details about any hidden problems we find before you buy.

Once you have your report, you can point out the issues we’ve found to the seller before you buy. That way, you can ask the seller if they can fix it or reduce the price before you part with your money.

Why do I need a vehicle inspection?

You can save yourself time, hassle and potentially thousands of pounds with a used car inspection. It won’t delay the sale and it’ll help you avoid any costly surprises.

Our trained engineers give you a completely neutral report on the vehicle’s condition. It means you’ll quickly have detailed information to help you decide whether or not to buy.

If you do decide to buy, you might be able to negotiate a better price with the information in your report.

Buying a used car? If you’re not confident in your mechanical knowledge, then it can be daunting to try and find a car that won’t break down.

The good news though is that rather than just looking over a car yourself, you can find plenty of people who can do that job for you. In some cases, some sort of inspection could even be included in the price of the car.

The most thorough checks tend to come when you buy the car through an Approved Used scheme, but it’s quite possible a franchise or independent dealer will include some form of check as part of their sales package.

However, if there is no such check – or you don’t think the existing one goes far enough – you can get any one of a number of organisations to do the job for you…Next Car Check is just one of them.

Perhaps the most well known are motoring organisations the AA and RAC, however, these tend to be costly. 

For a start, most offer a variety of packages for buyers to choose from, and you’ll need to check the fine print to see what each inspection does and doesn’t include. In the case of a Next Car Check inspection, we also include a look into the documentation and a history check.

Are they worth it? Well, that very much depends on your point of view. Many of our customers insist that you can’t put a price on the peace of mind our pre-purchase inspections can bring. 

How does a Next Car Check Inspection Compare?

The AA

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www.theaa.com/vehicle-inspection

The AA’s vehicle inspection is typical of the most extensive pre-purchase checking you can carry out and offers two options beginning with the ‘Basic’, costing “from” £142 and only available for cars up to ten years old.

The engineer provides a report, with photos, focusing on up to 155 check points, plus a road test of up to five miles. Included are the body, engine compartment, electrics, suspension, steering, clutch, gearing, exhaust, fuel system, brakes, wheels and tyres.

A Comprehensive inspection currently costs from £191 and extends the areas covered up to 206 points, checks the bodywork for accident damage and extends the road test for up to 10 miles.   

The RAC

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rac.co.uk/buying-a-car/vehicle-inspections

The RAC runs a similar series of vehicle checks to its main rival. The ‘Basic’ test costs £99, and is a 218 point mechanical and structural inspection plus a three-mile road test. Move up to ‘Comprehensive’ and you’ll get a 307 point check with a ten-mile road test.

At £239, the ‘Advanced’ test includes diagnostic testing of key parts of the vehicle, analysing brake fluid and extending the road test up to 20 miles. The engineer’s report will also include photo evidence.