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Pre-purchase vehicle inspections at Highway Auto Care Rockhampton

Pre-purchase Inspections Cars & 4WD at HAC Rockhampton

Buying a used car? Peace of mind has never been so easy - we provide quick and reliable inspections so you don’t get a lemon.

Best and meticulous Inspections are Carried Out in Our Workshop

Our Mechanics get the best look under your vehicle when it’s on the vehicle hoist. This is the only way to do a thorough inspection. Our skilled mechanics are well practiced in inspecting every detail to ensure you are looking at a safe and reliable vehicle with no hidden expensive defects.

300 to 500 Point Check, The Most Comprehensive Car Inspection.

The Tricks and Traps in Buying a Used Car

Do keep in mind that a Vehicle History Check / REVS Check is always recommended before mechanically checking the car. This is to ensure the vehicle is legit and has no history of a big collision or other types of damages.

If a History check of the vehicle comes with a Written off or Stolen Title, normally the value of that vehicle is less than the market average and if the vehicle is under finance, extra care is needed.


When Buying a Car - be aware of this

If you are buying a used vehicle, it is important to know that a Roadworthy Certificate is safety focused and not a comprehensive mechanical inspection. At Highway Auto Care we can provide for you a full and comprehensive mechanical inspection to ensure the car you a buying will be reliable and keep you safe on the road. Don’t buy a lemon! Make a Booking Now or ask if you would like more information on this service.

Your Used Car Inspection Checklist

We check everything - here are some catch all inspection items:
  • Engine – engine must run smoothly without any excessive sound or shake while the car is static or in motion.
  • Engine - sludge inspection at oil filler port.
  • Engine oil - correct engine oil should be in bright honey colour, not any darker or black. The oil should also be viscose and not too runny.
  • Radiator coolant - you should see no residue stuck on the coolant cap. The coolant should be clean and brightly coloured, typically green or red.
  • Fuel leaks - Any leak under or around the vehicle should be checked properly. Closely inspect around the engine compartment and underneath the car for signs of oil, coolant or other leaks that might indicate poor maintenance and potential future repairs.
  • Exhaust - Smoke that has any colour such as blue, white or grey show that there is a problem with the vehicle. Excessive exhaust noise or a knocking sound from under the car can indicate an exhaust system problem.
  • Vehicle identification - Check that the car’s VIN (vehicle identification number) matches the VIN on the registration papers. Open the bonnet and look for a small silver build plate that is usually in one of the rear corners of the engine compartment.
  • Lights - test all the lights including interior and the indicators.
  • Body and paint - Inspect the body for dents, ripples, loose, mismatched panels, and paint overspray, evidence of rust or crash repairs. It’s important to have the vehicle on a hoist to do this underbody inspection properly.
  • Interior - Check the seats, carpet and interior plastics for stains, damage, cracks or wear and tear. Applying logic to determine whether the condition is in line with the age of the vehicle.
  • Tyres - Ideally, the tyres should be of the same brand and pattern. Checking the tread and the sides for any tear or impact damage. Faulty tyres can pose a safety risk and needs immediate attention. A thread of Less than 1.6mm is an offence by law.
  • Seat-belts - Ensure all the seatbelts are fully operational. Buckles and anchors are checked also.
  • Warning lights - We check for dash warning light function including hazard lights.
  • Equipment - Broken or compromised equipment can often be costly to repair. We check that all the accessories work, including the air - conditioning and fan, power windows and mirrors, audio system, satellite navigation, parking sensors and reversing camera.
  • Jack and tool kit - Check to make sure the car has a jack and its tool kit. It is a must-have in all vehicles no matter what the usage type is.

We also offer:

  • Caravan Battery Systems
  • Free Fitting Service with any battery purchased
  • Dual Battery Systems
  • Free Disposal of Old Batteries
  • Mobile Service

How long should my car battery last?

It depends on a number of conditions like these examples

  • The correct battery for the purpose
  • Proper installation
  • How often the car is used
  • The climate in which the car operates
  • How regularly the battery and car are maintained.


Queensland Gov. Approved Inspection Station

Don't settle for the car dealer's free roadworthy inspection, go to an Independent Professional at an authorised inspection station.

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Inspection Services

Cars 4WD or Light Commercial Vehicles (up to and including 4.5 tonne RGVM)

Contact Us if you would like more information on this service.

Have you had your brakes inspected?

Now let’s say you recently had a wheel alignment and you know your tyres are at their recommended pressure levels. That’s great! So what else could be causing your car to pull? Stuck calipers, for one. Your calipers apply pressure to your brake pads, a process which ultimately brings your car to a stop. Stuck calipers will lead to uneven pressure on your brakes and cause a slight pull to one side.

Big or small, brake problems are a serious safety hazard. If you suspect your car has a brake problem, visit Highway Auto Rockhampton as soon as possible for a free brake inspection.
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Brake Service & Repair You Can Trust


Have You Hit a Pothole? You May Need New Shocks

Hitting a pothole is an unmistakable experience. The sudden dip. The violent jarring. The sound of the impact!

For all of the bone-rattling involved, though, pothole damage can also be really sneaky. You’ll notice a flat tire or bent rim right away. Some other problems, however, might take you a little longer to identify.

Pothole damage to your shocks and struts can be especially subtle at first. But such damage can grow into very big, costly, and potentially dangerous issues. To help you watch for signs that your shocks or struts sustained pothole damage, we suggest coming in for a free check-up.

Tips for Avoiding Potholes

These safe driving tips can help you expertly navigate around potholes:

Leave extra space between you and the car in front of you. If you’re driving bumper to bumper, you won’t be able to spot any potholes. Standard driver’s ed wisdom states that you should leave at least three seconds of space between you and the car in front of you. Leaving an adequate amount of space between cars is not only part of being a safe driver, but it could also help you spot and avoid a pothole before it’s too late.

Make sure your tyres are properly inflated. Over-inflated or under-inflated tyres are more likely to be damaged by hitting a pothole. Check your owner’s manual for information about your vehicle’s proper tyre pressure, then make sure that your tyres are inflated to match this recommendation. Stumped on how to do so? Your neighborhood Highway Auto Care Rockhampton can check and inflate your tyres, free of charge.

Slow down. The slower you drive, especially down pothole-riddled streets, the more time you have to react. Give yourself a little extra time, especially during pothole season, and you’ll be giving your car a little extra TLC.

Avoid puddles. Puddles can be deceptively deep. You have no idea what lurks beneath the surface of that water! Rain often pools in potholes, and that hidden pothole could be a massive one. Use caution and avoid puddles altogether if possible.

Our expert advice

Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.
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