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Independent Vehicle Inspections in Sydney: What We Look at in a Vehicle Inspection on the Northern Beaches or Eastern Suburbs

Independent Vehicle Inspections is a Sydney-based company that provides vehicle inspection services throughout the area, from the Northern Beaches to the Eastern Suburbs and beyond. In short, we help prospective used car buyers determine whether or not the vehicles they are thinking about buying are good and safe investments.

Often, when we get a call from a customer looking to schedule a vehicle inspection in Sydney, they are wondering which specific car components we are going to look at. With that in mind, we put together a basic checklist that covers the most important car parts and systems that will be covered in an inspection report from IVI.

The Inspection Checklist

Perhaps the most important checklist item in a vehicle inspection in the Eastern Suburbs or Northern Beaches is the engine. IVI inspectors take a thorough look under the hood, assessing everything from the engine head gasket to the timing belt. Engine repairs can be very costly, but issues with these parts can be tough to spot for those who don't have much automotive experience. IVI takes the guesswork out of the process by highlighting engine problems that should preclude a purchase.

A vehicle inspection in Sydney will also include an inspection of the cooling and ignition systems. We'll run a pressure test on the cooling system, look for leaks in the system hoses, look at the radiator and assess the condition of the cooling fan. For the ignition system, we'll make sure all of the wiring is sound and that no connections are coming loose, as well as making sure the starter is still in good working condition all around.

The checklist for an IVI vehicle inspection goes on and on: we check the fuel pump and injection systems to make sure they are operational; we assess the quality of the car's tyres, wheels and brakes; we look underneath the vehicle, checking everything from the suspension to the steering system to the transmission to the exhaust system for flaws; we do a full electrical check of the car, informing buyers about the condition of the alternator, the battery and more; we review the exterior bodywork of the car for dents and rust; and we even work through the interior of the vehicle, testing the seatbelts, dashboard instruments, radio and air-conditioning.

The Most Thorough Vehicle Inspection in Sydney!

Suffice to say that an IVI vehicle inspection in Sydney's Northern Beaches or Eastern Suburbs is a truly comprehensive rundown of a car. And once the basic inspection has been completed, we will even do a road test to get a sense for how the car feels on the road. Some things—such as engine performance, transmission function, etc.—are difficult to assess when a car is in stationary position, so taking a car for a test drive can help us to learn a lot.

Once the entire inspection and test drive process is complete, IVI gives customers a full written report on the vehicle. The report includes an overall vehicle rating, which essentially tells the customer whether or not a car is worth buying.

The bottom line is this: don't purchase a new car without knowing everything you can about it. The inspection is a pivotal part to any used car purchase—part of the reason that our motto is 'Before you buy, call IVI!'

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IVI holds a motor mechanic mobile workshop licence (no 44249) with the MVRIA. IVI is a registered member of the Motor Traders Association (MTA) and the Australasian Society of Engineers.

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