AA Vehicle Inspection Vs CarExamer Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle inspections are some of the most thorough, complex and specialised processes that an automobile can undertake in its life, and there are multiple providers out there that offer the service. CarExamer is the largest up and coming service with the lowest prices for the most thorough checks in the industry, but one of the biggest questions that the service comes up against is how we compare to older industry giants like the AA vehicle inspection service. Here, we’re going to answer just that.

A full vehicle inspection comparison of the two services in-depth goes through a great deal of length as to how the two differ even despite the perceived brand values. As two of the most complete services in the business, pitching them head to head is an incredibly effective way to determine their differences and ultimately selecting the best choice for you and your individual needs.

Inspections Available:

The first and without a doubt the largest difference between the two vehicle inspection services is the range of inspections available. CarExamer is developed of vehicle inspection specialists rather than being handy allrounders in the automotive industry, and as a result, there’s a large difference between what the two organisations are able to offer. Here, we look at the packages and inspections that are offered.


The AA not being a specialist in vehicle inspection offers a halved selection of the CarExamer range, with just two options available for use. They are:


From £142

Number of Checks 155

The basic inspection can be carried out on any vehicle younger than 10 years old. As a result, it is very limited and very cautious, with little room for errors to cover their liability where possible.


From £191

Number of Checks 206

A comprehensive inspection does take things to a much higher standard and removes many of the limitations placed with the more basic inspections, but for a much higher price with little room to manoeuvre. This is even more apparent with lower-cost vehicles.


CarExamer currently offers 4 inspection packages that all differ in what they have to offer consumers. Each one scales up the value of the service in gradual increments, enabling a wide choice of preference.


From £83.99

Number of Checks 80

The budget service is very much what would be expected from a budget service. It is the lowest cost and the lowest level of specification, but it checks the essentials and nothing more for a much lower price, which can make it ideal for low-value cars that could be suspicious or potentially unreliable.


From £125.99

Number of Checks 100 

Basic inspections from CarExamer are in the same class as the basic AA service in terms of points covered but is a lower cost and removes the restrictions of vehicle condition that is seen in the alternative package.


From £167.99

Number of Checks: 180

The standard vehicle inspection form CarExamer is much of a middle ground between the services offered by the AA and just another level in the specificity of CarExamer’s inspection tiers.


Finally, there is also a premium service. This is much more suited to cars of much higher risk or of higher value to minimize the risk to buyers and ensure the highest possible quality of vehicle or a price that reflects the actual condition if not. This even includes video feedback and previous incident inspection to monitor anything and everything possible without being there.

From £239.99

Number of Checks: 200

The Road Tests:

Another massive area of vehicle inspection comes from the road test that is involved. This is a massively important section of any vehicle inspection. It’s one of the main ways to identify many of the problems that only become apparent when the vehicle is actually in use, and more specifically, in motion.


The AA inspection criteria for a road test comes in mileage. For the basic test, that’s 5 miles and for the standard, it’s 10. This is quite a common industry standard for vehicle inspections, but can in itself be another large critique.

The main issue in this instance is that mileage is dependent. Depending on the speed limit of a road used for the road test, this could be dramatically shorter than it should be, and if the inverse is the case, that could be an issue due to the car not being utilised to its proper use.


CarExamer’s vehicle inspection road test in light of this uses time-dependent standards rather than distance. This is split into 10 minute and 15 minute intervals instead, allowing more dynamic testing of the vehicle to utilise it as it will be used more accurately.

This will likely lead in almost all cases to a longer road test based on the principle of being able to drive at 60mph for 10 or 15 minutes at the very least rather than being the maximum for AA standards and lasting 5 or 10 minutes

Inspection Areas:

The final area of comparison for the two inspection services comes down to the categories of inspection that are available. Taken directly from both companies websites, this is the information provided on what is actually available to be checked by the inspections


This is the information as listed on the vehicle inspection page of the AA website. It does not declare a difference between the standard or basic inspection but gives a general overview of the categories involved from a general level.

  • Body exterior*
  • Engine compartment
  • Electrical controls (interior and luggage compartments)*
  • Front and rear suspension (front and rear under frames)*
  • Steering
  • Clutch
  • Transmission
  • Exhaust system
  • Fuel system
  • Brakes
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Road test of up to 5 or 10 miles (depending on the vehicle type, road conditions, traffic, fuel level and engineer’s judgement)


CarExamer has a full and thorough comparison service displaying the differences in every possible sense in each inspection. There is no misconception or uncertainty in the slightest as a result, and the correct inspection can be obtained without any question.

  • Road Test
  • Electrical Controls
  • Plug-in Diagnostic Test
  • Interior/Luggage Compartment
  • Engine Compartment
  • Charging and Starting Systems
  • Cooling System
  • Hybrid system
  • Brake System
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Front Suspension/Steering
  • Transmission
  • Rear Suspension
  • Under Body
  • Exhaust System
  • Fuel System
  • Body Exterior

Even on top of all of this information that CarExamer provide, another huge winning aspect that the service has is the estimates provided that go along with each of these points tested no matter what the price of the service chosen. 

The CarExmaer team are firm believers of clarity in the trade, and will tell you how much damage is present with anything mentioned as well as providing you with realistic and comparable estimates that give you a complete picture of what you could be getting yourself into and the severity of each and every aspect.

CarExamer also ensures that people who are truly unsure of what vehicle to invest in are also eligible for a discount on multiple inspections, to ensure that no matter how many cars you are unsure about, you can access all of the information that a professional mechanic and dealer combined would be able to to let you make a 100% informed decision with all of the guesswork removed from the equation.

The Summary

In conclusion, the differences in the services speak for themselves, and choosing the best fit is mainly dependent on prioritising what is required from the inspection more than anything else. 

There are always multiple reasons to get a vehicle inspection in the first place, and CarExamer gives a much more diverse range of choices more openly to be able to choose from and find the most specific detail of what will be undertaken. This is in top of the knowledge of a specialist company making inspections the forefront of the entire operation.

The AA, however, remains an all-round titan of the automotive industry, and they do perform everything to a uniform and high standard. Although this may be more generic than it could be in comparison with services like CarExamer, it also still has good standing in the automotive industry and is one of the most reputable generic automotive brands on the road in the UK.

Ultimately, both services offer an extremely high standard of inspection, however, as specialists, the range and the clarity of CarExamer can be a seriously beneficial factor. As an organisation, CarExamer are firm believers in transparency above all else, and will always make sure that you have every shred of information that we can find so that you can make a justified and honest decision, because that’s what the entire business is based on. 

We always have an always will put the customer at the heart of everything we do, and that is something that will never change.

For more information on the CarEXamer inspection service, get in touch with CarExamer today.