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    Default NRMA Inspections.

    Does anyone here believe in NRMA inspections on used vehicles?

    Would you recommend getting one or like I asked in my previous post would you rather attempt to get a pug mechanic to do it?

    If no mechanic can do it is an NRMA inspection worthwhile?

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    ... its woth while if you suspect anything on the car at all, or you think the price is too good to be true etc. The NRMA guy could also find something you missed & you could use that as barganing tool for a better price.
    I only ever used it once on behalf of my folks and the dealer took the price of the inspection of the cost of the car, so I had nothing to loose. - Chris
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    Depends entirely on how confident in your own ability to go over the car. If you have access to a hoist and can look at the car form all angles go for it. If not, the NRMA is a good a choice as any. At least they can check all the undersdie too when they have it and even accident damage not visible form normal angles may be seen.
    I had an inspection done on an R17 coupe when I bought it back in 1986 because my mum loaned me part of the $$ for it and wanted to be sure it was OK. They were so thorough they even mentioned a speaker grille that had fallen off a door speaker and gone under the seat as being lost.
    We also in the same week had a Mits'Scorpion booked for a check and the dealer called me just before they were to drive it to the inspection and told me th car wouldn't start and would I consider buying it without a check for a few $$ less?? I bought the Renault.
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    The only car I didn't have inspected (Pug 504 some years back) was an absolute NIGHTMARE!!

    Several others that were inspected, the report read like a slightly pessimistic horoscope. Worth it unless you are very familiar with a particular model IMHO.
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    I think it must depend on whom is checking over the vehicle,because I have heard some bad reports about NRMA inspections & I myself would not spend the money they are asking. I guess if you were not mechanicly minded it may be worthwhile.
    I am anti NRMA Insurance ( IAG) since they have started shafting the panel shops.
    Imagine ,its possible that your vehicle could be repaired interstate,
    I don't know what would happen if you have a problem with the work being substandard & the repairer being hundreds of klm's away.

    Boycott them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by routley43
    I don't know what would happen if you have a problem with the work being substandard & the repairer being hundreds of klm's away.

    Boycott them!!
    Well that's all very well and good except for the small fact that NRMA Insurance and NRMA Roads & Motoring Services are 2 entirely different entities. I believe even IAG give the Roads mob a good shafting just for the pleasure of using the NRMA name.

    Back on to the topic at hand, an NRMA Inspection is an excellent idea if you have no idea about cars in general, or can't/won't bring yourself to crawl under the said vehicle.

    Also - as was pointed out in a previous post - if a dealer/seller is at all hesitant to let you get one, it's a good way of sounding out if they are being honest with you about the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by routley43
    I think it must depend on whom is checking over the vehicle,because I have heard some bad reports about NRMA inspections & I myself would not spend the money they are asking. I guess if you were not mechanicly minded it may be worthwhile.
    I am anti NRMA Insurance ( IAG) since they have started shafting the panel shops.
    Imagine ,its possible that your vehicle could be repaired interstate,
    I don't know what would happen if you have a problem with the work being substandard & the repairer being hundreds of klm's away.

    Boycott them!!
    Funny you should say that - yesterday NRMA (the road service mob) sent me a letter pleading with me NOT to confuse them with NRMA Insurance and hoping for my continued patronage.

    What are these 'bad reports' - any specific examples? I've always found them quite accurate (as a buyer or a seller who really knows all the probs), perhaps erring on the side of caution on behalf of the buyer.
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    I've had RAC checks before and as a seller they are good thing, people feel safer knowing "someone" has checked it ... cost about $160 and I had the paper there for potential buyers to see - they liked that. Yes many sellers will pay to get one themselves, but if you've done it for them, they respond well to that (and I didn't drop the price).

    But AS a seller I also noticed the RAC missed some pretty basic stuff off the list (small oil leaks, steering that didn't centre 100%, dent in the floorpan etc) ... so as a buyer I'd be certain to get not only an RAC/NRMA/SGIO (take your pick) check, but also a mechanic I trust if possible ... even if you're only spending $10K ... another $150 check is a drop in the ocean really.

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    Default Engine oil testing.

    A while back there was quite a bit of press about oil testing the sump contents of a prospective purchase to get an idea of the engine's condition.
    One bloke even had the oil from half a dozen cars tested before he chose one. Makes you wonder if the one that came up tops had just had an oil change.

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    I think your trusty, regular mechanic would be just as good (at least no worse) and probably cheaper than the NRMA inspection. I always like to take any potential purchase to a specialist mechanic for that car, wherever possible. I've not had alot of experience with NRMA inspections, but one inspection I had done, the guy didn't seem to have much of an idea about the car at all. I bought the car in the end (I was young) and it ended up needing over a grand spent in parts alone and has caused me more heartache than any other car I've owned. One example of the shoddy repairs later found was that the gearstick was attached to the rear extention housing of the gearbox by placing an exhaust flange gasket over the stick down to it's base and then looping fencing wire around the flange gasket and then under the housing, twisting it together to fasten it down. (the mechanic who carried out these '"repairs" was the authorised Mercedes Benz mechanic for the area!) Perhaps a once off bad experience with them, but one I'll never forget.


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    I had one done with a past car from a dealer but was pretty crap. If I remember correctly I think I looked on the NRMA website and there's a page with a list of things to look for and phone numbers eg. to REVS. Puggy.

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    Hi,

    I had one done by the RACV in Victoria (obviously).

    It cost me about $275 or something along those lines (as the Pug required their comprehensive check).

    I was shocked at some of the things they took the time to count. It was very very very detailed. They'd noted on the inspection report marks on the alloy wheels, a few stone chips Id not noticed, and marks on the interior.

    They also provide you with a 30 day inspection warranty.

    IMHO, well worth it in my case - purely because Im not a car minded person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC
    I've had RAC checks before and as a seller they are good thing, people feel safer knowing "someone" has checked it ... cost about $160 and I had the paper there for potential buyers to see - they liked that. Yes many sellers will pay to get one themselves, but if you've done it for them, they respond well to that (and I didn't drop the price).

    But AS a seller I also noticed the RAC missed some pretty basic stuff off the list (small oil leaks, steering that didn't centre 100%, dent in the floorpan etc) ... so as a buyer I'd be certain to get not only an RAC/NRMA/SGIO (take your pick) check, but also a mechanic I trust if possible ... even if you're only spending $10K ... another $150 check is a drop in the ocean really.

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    I've reviewed the responses to this query and think I'm most comfortable with this one. Two inspections may seem like belt and braces, but, in a funny way, I think the advantage of such an inspection on a French car is that they aren't necessarily familiar with the car so have to look closely. They may miss something characteristic of the model - hence the benefit of your "local and trusted" if you have one - but they are authoritative and probably won't miss a gross problem. If you don't get one, you've not attended to "caveat emptor" and on your head be it!

    I've used them (on two (rare) occasions when a car has been bought from a dealer) and it saved me quite a bit of money on one and confirmed excellence in the other.

    Good luck

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    Thanks heaps guys. The car I'm looking at is in Victoria so I'd be having a RACV check (whoops). The website is down atm tho....

    I was hoping to take the car into Autoparis, Box Hill, to get the check but the car is in Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, a fair way from Melbourne it seems (My knowledge of Vic is awful unfortuntely). Does anyone know of a reputable Peugeot mechanic around this area?

    Like someone said it may be better to get a specialist mechanic to do the check, but if there isn't one around this area I will settle for the RACV check.

    Thanks again guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by proppa bo
    Thanks heaps guys. The car I'm looking at is in Victoria so I'd be having a RACV check (whoops). The website is down atm tho....

    I was hoping to take the car into Autoparis, Box Hill, to get the check but the car is in Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, a fair way from Melbourne it seems (My knowledge of Vic is awful unfortuntely). Does anyone know of a reputable Peugeot mechanic around this area?

    Like someone said it may be better to get a specialist mechanic to do the check, but if there isn't one around this area I will settle for the RACV check.

    Thanks again guys
    As I said, if you can, I'd try for both!

    Best of luck. Bairnsdale is a little distance.....

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