Thinking of buying a used car? Make sure you have had it inspected.

A car inspection can reveal hidden dangers and defects, which are not expensive to repair but unsafe.

A car inspection can reveal hidden dangers and defects, which are not expensive to repair but unsafe to drive.

Drivers who are thinking of buying a used car should consider a professional vehicle inspection by a qualified mechanic before they buy. Any car more than seven years old or that’s travelled over 80,000 kilometres is at an increased risk of having suspension bushes and shock absorbers with serious wear and tear problems. This can make the vehicle unsafe and expensive to repair.

The best way to check out a car you are thinking of buying is to have it inspected by a qualified mechanic using a vehicle hoist. This means an onsite inspection in the car dealer’s yard may not provide the most thorough check.

Ask the dealer to allow the car to be taken offsite for a professional inspection.

RAC offers 59-point Vehicle Condition Appraisals at all of its Auto Service Centres with a discount for all RAC members.

Also, remember to check if there is finance owing on the car and if it’s ever been a write-off by doing a quick search through the government’s Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR).

Book an RAC Vehicle Condition Appraisal online or call 1300 135 667.