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Having been stung by a dealer, we are most likely going to have to buy another car in the near future, and have seen many comments regarding having an inspection done before we buy...so a few questions:


- Who are the best people to contact for this, AA/RAC?

- How much does it normally cost and do you have to be a member?

- How much depth do they go into, what can they/can't they be expected to pick up?

- How long does it generaly take them to come out, as there is obviously issues with losing the car to someone else if it takes more than a couple of days.


Any other things we should watch out for?

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The basic charge for cars under 1800cc the RAC charge £135 and £149 for members and non members respectively. Over that they charge £148 and £163.


Imports, 4x4s, convertibles, write-offs, vehicles over 10 years old, vehicles with more than 5 seats, prestige vehicles or vehicles that have completed more than 120,000 miles can only have the Essentials Plus Inspection.



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