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    Has anyone had The AA or RAC do a Vehicle Inspection?

    The Warranty on my Vectra runs out in June, so was thikning of getting someone to inspect the car for any problems/potential problems. Then get Vauxhall to fix them under Warranty.

    I also know there is an unsolved issue with the suspension (random knocking/twanging noise) that no one has been able to sort.

    Problem is the Inspection is about £200 maybe more if I want them to check a specific isssue.

    Anyone have any thoughts/advice?

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    AA stopped doing inspections years back. The RAC inspection is mostly cosmetic, any mechanical tests are just a visual inspection and a road test.
    I doubt very much they would pick up on anything mechanicly wrong that,you the cars driver would not already know about. They are more likely to pick up on any replacement panels/non factory paint and minor dents and scratches you may have not noticed.
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    Don't bother with an inspection but get the knocking looked at before the warranty runs out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve1975l View Post
    Don't bother with an inspection but get the knocking looked at before the warranty runs out.
    Quote Originally Posted by Marky View Post
    I also know there is an unsolved issue with the suspension (random knocking/twanging noise) that no one has been able to sort.
    As above - I doubt anyone giving the car a 'once over' would pick up anything you don't already know about. Anything serious would trigger the engine management light anyway, and anything like knocking suspension, unless it's something blatantly obvious like a broken spring, they wouldn't identify anyway.

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    "AA stopped doing inspections years back": Really, they were cheaper than the RAC as well. Wonder why they are still advertising it on their website. Oh well.
    "I doubt very much they would pick up on anything mechanicly wrong that,you the cars driver would not already know about.": Yeah thats what I was wondering about.

    Its been into several dealers forthe knocking noise and they can't find anything. Theyve replaced bushes and its cleared for a little while then comes back. I think the fact that everything is tightened up helps more than the change of bushes.
    The noise is random and I have been unable to demonstrate it to a dealer so they have nothing to work on and we are going nowhere.

    I have not been back to the dealer for over 4 months about this problem as I have been trying to find a method of replicating it so I can demonstrate it. Can't even work out if its front or rear, sounds similar in the estate :-)
    Really need to go back to let them know its not solved.

    Thanks for the responses

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    Take it for an MOT, cost you about £40 and ask them to give it a good going over....

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    Ste: Thats an interesting idea... Might give that a go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky View Post
    "AA stopped doing inspections years back": Really, they were cheaper than the RAC as well. Wonder why they are still advertising it on their website.
    Must have started up again http://www.4ni.co.uk/news.asp?id=33934
    An independant MOT is a great idea, though if it fails you will not be able to drive it to the dealership.

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    Yes you can.


    You can drive an MOT failure to a place of repair which has been booked in advance.

    Assuming you do it before it is due an MOT, you can drive it until the time it is due, unless the MOT failure sheet has been annotated with unsafe to drive with reason

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    Yup, was thinking that another MOT would have to be paid for at the dealer, or the dealer does warranty repairs then the car driven back to the original test centre for its retest.
    I wouldnt suggest driving an unMOT'd vehicle,but if I knew the repairs had been done I'd just risk it (as a one off)

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