What Checks are done under the RAC Buysure Scheme?

The RAC Buysure check list includes:

Vehicle History

  1. VIN Inspection
  2. Vehicle History Obtained
  3. Scheduled Maintenance Performed (inc timing belt)
  4. Current MOT Certificate (if applicable)

Road Test

  1. Cruise Control (if applicable)
  2. Satisfactory starting, general performance and behaviour of the vehicle
  3. Particular attention to the operation of clutch, transmission, steering, suspension and brakes including A.B.S.
  4. Listen for abnormal noises
  5. After road test a visual check for fluid leak
  6. Gauges operate properly
  7. Check battery and starter motor start engine with ease from both hot and cold
  8. Check for excessive visual emissions from exhaust
  9. Check hot-starting and any evidence of over-heating
  10. Check no stored faults on the OBD
  11. Ensure correct operation and efficiency of the parking brake

Vehicle Exterior

  1. No dents or scratches visible to the eye from a distance of 2m
  2. Windscreen free from any damage that would exclude the vehicle from an MOT test
  3. Check for any corrosion around paint cracks or chips
  4. Operation and condition of exterior mirrors
  5. Check all previous structural body repairs/accident damage has been repaired to a satisfactory standard
  6. Check body panel/alignment
  7. Operation of fuel filler system including petrol caps and lever release system
  8. Operation of bonnet catch, safety catch, hinges, tailgate supports
  9. Operation of door locks and central locking including child safety locks.
  10. Inspect exterior trim for security and correct fitment

Vehicle Interior

  1. Operation of door windows (manual / electric)
  2. Operation of all exterior lighting equipment and respective control lights and cluster illumination
  3. Operation of front and rear wipers and washers including headlight washers if applicable.
  4. Operation of convertible roof mechanism (if applicable)
  5. Visual check of SRS functionality
  6. All warning lights operate correctly
  7. Operation of audio and alarm systems
  8. Operation of Navigation System (if applicable)
  9. Operation of Air-conditioning, heating and demist systems
  10. Operation of instruments, gauges and controls
  11. Operation of all internal equipment (e.g. 12v socket, sun visors, arms rests, etc.)
  12. Operation of visual and audible driver warning systems, including horn
  13. Operation of parking assistance systems (if applicable)
  14. All drive pedals operate correctly
  15. Ensure no evidence of water ingress
  16. Operation and condition of seatbelts / mountings
  17. Security of seat mountings, head rests and seat adjustment mechanism
  18. Operation of interior lights
  19. Operation of rear view mirror /sun visors
  20. Check operation and condition of sunroof mechanism (if applicable)
  21. Ensure correct operation of parcel shelf
  22. Inspect interior trim/dashboard for tears, holes, burns or excessive soiling

Road Wheels & Tyre Check

  1. Ensure vehicle jack, tool kit, locking wheel nut and safety equipment (where applicable) are in place
  2. Ensure minimum tread depth of 3mm across all tyres including spare (if applicable)
  3. Ensure road wheels are free from distortion, gouges or visible cracking
  4. Ensure tyres are free from cuts, bulges and inappropriate repairs
  5. Inspect for evidence of uneven tyre wear or casing damage

Engine Compartment

  1. Check engine oil for correct level and dipstick oil sample is free from contamination
  2. Check coolant for correct level and that coolant is free from visual contamination
  3. Check vehicles charging system for minimum output
  4. Ensure correct gearbox fluid levels manual / automatic (where applicable)
  5. Check all Fluid Levels: e.g. brake, clutch, power steering, washer reservoir and battery (including security)
  6. Inspect auxiliary drive belts, condition and tension
  7. Check engine mountings for security and condition
  8. Inspect wiring, pipes, hoses, oil and fuel feed lines for routing, check for damage, chafing and leaks (where visible)
  9. Check for oil and water leaks
  10. Check condition of cooling system radiator and engine oil cooler/intercooler are free from damage or excessive corrosion
  11. Ensure no evident undue engine noise
  12. For hybrid vehicles only:
  13. Check operation of Hybrid cooling system
  14. Inspect switchable powertrain mount Hybrid entertainment and information display
  15. Check entertainment and information display


  1. Check exhaust condition and mountings
  2. Check clamps and security
  3. Ensure no evidence of fluid or exhaust leaks
  4. Check Catalytic Converter
  5. Check operation and condition of steering for leaks and security
  6. Check tie rod ends, CV boots and rack boots condition
  7. Check condition of front and rear suspension
  8. No visual evidence of faults to braking components
  9. Ensure brake pads have a minimum of 50% material remaining
  10. Check underbody for excess corrosion and ensure that the chassis is free from extensive structural repairs
  11. Ensure transmission/driveshaft is secure and free from excessive play


  1. Fully cleaned and valeted vehicles
  2. Owners Guide
  3. Keys and remote fobs
  4. Service history (if applicable)