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What does a comprehensive vehicle inspection include?

The inspection will include everything the manufacturer specifies and is required for the logbook service. Everything below, and much much more!

  • 1. Test drive

    The engine, drivetrain, brakes and suspension in your vehicle will be tested to ensure that they are up to standard.

  • 2. Operational check

    The standard components of your vehicle such as seat belts, lights, wipers including washers and arm mechanism, horn will be inspected. The air/cabin filters and housing will also be checked.

  • 3. Digital battery check

    Your battery will be tested and printed results will be provided.

  • 4. Vehicle digital diagnostic scan

    A complete electronic diagnostic scan, with forefront equipment.

  • 5. Inspection of underbody

    A visual inspection will be conducted for leaks from your engine, exhaust system, fuel line and gearbox.

  • 6. Tyre pressure and tread wear check

    The condition, pressure and tread wear of your tyres (including the spare) will be inspected to ensure that it is up to the legal standard.

  • 7. Brake wear recommendation

    A precise measurement can be provided to you. This will also include a fluid condition check.

  • 8. Suspension system check

    Joints and bearings in your vehicle will be checked for any leaks.

  • 9. Final assessment of vehicle

    The wheels are cross checked and a final road test is performed to ensure quality of the service and operations performed.

Road trip top 10 safety tips

Last updated 01/06/2020


Be prepared for your next trip away with the family and tick off the following safety checks, before you get on the road.

1. Go for a tune up

Top of the list: make sure that your vehicle is in good working order for a fuss-free trip away. Book your car in for a quick service or safety check so that tyres, battery, belts, fluid, air con and especially oil in hot climates are checked by a qualified mechanic.

TIP: Shara Hill, CSA at the Broadway store in Sydney says, “I suggest that customers go for a basic service before setting out on a road trip. This should take between two to three hours and is very comprehensive. You will be safe in the knowledge that important general safety checks are made. Your car will be checked from top to bottom for tyres, brakes, suspension. At mycar, we even check and make fluid top ups and if your wipers are not working properly, we would recommend new blades to ensure your windscreen is kept clean and good visibility on the road.”

2. Get a good night's sleep

In anticipation of a holiday and getting all the last minute things done, it is easy and unwise to stay up late. Ensure you have caught up on sleep and rest before a big trip as many road accidents are caused by tiredness and drowsy drivers. As the RTA says, ‘stop, revive and survive’, when you are on the road. Fatigue-related crashes tend to occur in two distinct periods of the day: between midnight and 6am, and between 2pm and 4pm, according to research and many accidents happen within 50km of the destination so don’t let your guard down just because you’re nearly there.*

3. Gear up for safety

Check in your boot and make sure you have water, warm blankets, a torch, a spare tyre and tools, a first aid kit and remember to charge your mobile phone up prior to departure.

TIP: Shara Hill, CSA at the Broadway store in Sydney says, “Remember to take a battery charger and jack in case of flat battery or the need to change a tyre. I also recommend that you get your car serviced and oil changed every six months to avoid further damage and more expensive repairs later. ”

4. Join roadside assistance

Relax and know that you are covered with breakdown support. Check what coverage is available locally, as roadside cover can differ from state to state.

5. Check the back seats

If travelling with small children, it’s wise to check that child seats are secured, children are seat belted in and there’s shade protection from the hot sun. Check the back seats for small objects that could be choking hazards too.

6. Share the driving

It is better to be refreshed and swap with a partner or friend every few hours to break up the driving on long trips. It may be tempting to soldier on, but it’s safer to share the stints with a co-driver.

7. Keep energy levels up

Avoid fatty foods and relying on caffeine, instead pack lots of juice, water, sandwiches and healthy snacks to keep you going.

8. Plan your route

Satellite navigation devices can put paid to family disagreements over maps. Plan the best route the day before your tip and tune your radio into traffic alerts for congestion warnings and road closures.

9. Keep your lights on

Ask your mechanic check your brake lights, headlights, and turning signals for you. (mycar do this as part of a basic service.)

10. Pump it up

Get in the habit of refilling your tank with petrol at the ¼ tank mark, just in case of long gaps between service stations and to avoid holiday queues. Refuel before you risk running out of gas.

* Source: Driver fatigue - an accident waiting to happen Nova Science in the News

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