Vehicle inspections are an extremely complex service that requires the utmost care and expertise to do correctly. Although they are one of the best things that you could ever do for yourself if you’re looking to buy used, getting the right one is a lot easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to review the carExamer vehicle inspection service against another of the most popular, Click Mechanic.
Both companies have a huge range of authority in the automotive industry. Click mechanic is a renowned vehicle mechanic service that will come to do automotive repairs at your home, whereas CarExamer is a dedicated vehicle inspection service designed with this right down to the business’ very core.
The Inspections Available
A good starting point with any inspection service comes from the inspections that are available to purchase in the first place. Both CarExamer and Click Mechanic have different inspection packages available for purchase. You can choose the right fit for you depending on the level of service and decide which is the most applicable to you, no matter what the situation.
Click mechanic has 3 different categories of inspection. They are:
Each one scales up in price and specificity as time goes on, allowing a rational and worthwhile decision to be made without any issue. Each package has its own list of points involved and also scales up the level of service involved like contact times, road test distances and a range of other things too.
In very much the same way, CarExamer has multiple packages involved in the business model as well. With 4 packages available this time all going into a greater level of depth, the CarExamer packages offer a wider range of services that can make a decision much more informed and appropriate for the situation at hand.
Although the minimum price is higher than those of Click Mechanic as we’ll look at below, this is still a much more competitive service that allows a much greater level of customisation without wasting money.
The largest and most important part of any vehicle inspection comes from the points and the checks that are actually carried out during one. The differences that the packages have means there are massively varying numbers of checks being carried out at any given time. Choosing the right package is the only way to get the balance between quality/reliability and value, as this can always seem contrasting.
Looking again at Click Mechanic’s vehicle inspection service first, we can see the points here:
- Basic – 72
- Standard 105
- Premium – 143
- Budget – 80+
- Basic – 100+
- Standard – 200+
- Premium – 300+
This clearly shows that the CarExamer vehicle inspections are significantly more thorough than that of click mechanic on every tier of the service avail. It also really shows the differences in thoroughness the services offer, as the range is so much more vast with the CarExamer brand rather than only having the smaller increments as can be seen with ClickMechanic, even for the lower price.
The Road Tests
As well as the number of checks that are being carried out during the inspections, the other half of the battle actually comes from how the tests are carried out. Vehicle inspections are only mostly static after all. The majority of the issues that will arise with a vehicle will come from when the car is in use. That means not just sat parked up. That is perfect for the more mechanical, structural and electrical issues, but there are a few issues that are almost camouflage even to experts until the vehicle s in motion. That’s why the road test in a vehicle inspection is essential.
Here’s how the two compare:
After a thorough check of the Click Mechanic service, it is actually unsure as to how they go about their testing procedure. The information is not disclosed on the website at the very least. A quote is present instead, simply stating:
“All our inspection checklists include a road test to examine the condition of important features such as the steering and braking, and give a clear idea as to whether a vehicle is roadworthy”
This can, therefore, be difficult to comment upon, and leaves the consumer slightly in the dark about what is going to be undertaken. For an inspection taking between 1-2 hours, however, for the prices involved, this may well be brief.
The CarExamer inspection service is much more transparent regarding what is actually undertaken in any vehicle inspection. The entire list of what occurs as well as intricate comparisons between the whole inspection service against other offered is available at the website.
Typically, the road tests with carExamer last for 15 minutes, with the cheaper services lasting for 10 minutes instead. Both of these provide ample time for an inspection and can be perfect for testing a variety of different stresses and situations that the car will likely go through.
Other services tend to test on a mileage basis instead of time, however, this often limits the maximum speeds or road types that the vehicle can use.
Without a doubt, another huge part of what determines which the right inspection service is going to come from the price that they cost to use. You need to be maximising your value for money after all, as that’s one of the biggest reasons to get one in the first place.
With multiple packages available, having variations in each inspection is an amazing way to make sure you’re tailoring your experience to your particular situation, no matter what it is. For some, that could be a quick and brief once over to make sure the car you’re buying isn’t going to break down. For others, it’s making sure that a high quality car is actually what it’s supposed to be without any problems that are going to cost you thousands. It all depends on you and your purchase.
Reflecting that, this is what the two have to offer
Looking again at Click Mechanic’s vehicle inspection service first, we can see the prices here:
- Basic – From £47.94
- Standard – From £66.32
- Premium – From £103.62
These are actually some of the lowest prices in the entire industry for what they are. It’s hard to find them better anywhere else. It’s tough to argue if you’re looking at things from a purely financial situation, although do remember what it is that you’re paying for.
CarExamer is priced slightly higher than click mechanic, but when looking at the differences in test quality, that much is understandable. As a specialist takes time to look over any car of your choice for a matter of hours, the more thorough checks will result in a slightly higher price. As a result however they do offer more depth as well. This is the key area.
The prices are:
- Budget – From £83.99
- Basic – From £125.99
- Standard – £167.99
- Premium – £239.99
The Weigh Up
When push comes to shove, the CarExamer tests are much more in depth and much more transparent, but as a result, they do cost more in comparison to the more basic inspections offered by Click Mechanic.
Always make sure that you’re doing your research when deciding on which inspection service is going to be the best for what you are looking for, and remember that the purpose of them in the first place is to give you safety in your purchase.
CarExamer continues to offer additional features in the name of creating a more valuable and trusted experience, with features like:
- Unlimited photographs as deemed necessary during the inspection to provide clarity and reassurance
- An online portal that is accessible to view every detail there is about your inspection
- Free cancellations with enough notice to make sure you’re happy with the service you have chosen and aren’t running up unnecessary costs along the way
- Sharable results to social media and other platforms to share your findings with others and passing your knowledge to friends and family, or even mechanics to help put right if you proceed
- Multi-car discounts to help make your choices easier and much clearer to you, eliminating potential costs
- Fast inspection turnaround and rapid reporting
- Up to same day inspections where possible
Whatever you decide to do, inspections are never a bad idea, and if you need more information, contact us today and we’ll be happy to tell you more. Buying a car should never be a risk, and we’re always happy to help in every way that we can.