As far as the vehicle inspection market goes, CarExamer and My Car Inspections are both relatively new to the market against the older classics like the AA and RAC. As a result, they tend to offer more value with their inspections, and when looking at the two together, it’s an interesting comparison. Each of them has their benefits as a service, and they can bring a whole new light to the potential of vehicle inspections.
To help you choose the perfect service for your needs, in particular, we’re here to do exactly that. By breaking down the services that are on offer piece by piece, we can uncover what lies beneath each inspection offering and see which is the best value for what it is you’re looking for.
Let’s take a look.
The Inspections Available
The first thing to always look at with vehicle inspections is going to be what’s actually on offer for the service you’re looking to buy. What is actually on offer, and even more importantly, how thoroughly. This is what you’re paying for after all, so it helps to get a solid understanding.
My Car Inspections
Although extremely unusual for the vehicle inspection market, My Car Inspections actually only appears to offer the one generic package which is then tweaked to fit your vehicle’s specification. There’s no alternative other than the basic package for a pre-purchase inspection (barring the pre-purchase write off inspection for Cat A, B, S & Ns)
The inspection only appears to actually be tweaked to a few different factors. The biggest initial change comes from the age of the vehicle, changing into a separate pricing system for cars older than 10 years, and then on some kind of combination of value or engine size, as the two are intertwined but not differentiated on the site.
On the other end of the market and out of all of the comparisons that we have carried out, CarExamer has the most inspection packages on offer, providing the most variety in the inspection services themselves without a doubt. They are:
Each inspection package increases in specificity and in-depth as expected, also resulting in an increase in price at the same time. This combination means that customers are able to pick the package best suited to them and their vehicle, maximising the value of the inspection and ideally, getting the most accurate inspection for their requirements without wasting money or reducing quality even from the lowest spec. package.
Step two in the comparison of inspection services always comes down to the points involved within the inspection packages themselves. This is the logical second layer to the comparison, and this is essentially the justification for the existence of the package in the first palace.
Let’s take a look.
My Car Inspections
My car inspections have the flat rate of an advertised 301 points checked, no matter what the vehicle or the price of the inspection in relation to this. What is included in these points however is not included, and determining which each actually are is tough to do.
The service is quoted on the inspection page to be in line with an equivalent package from the AA consisting of 206 checks, which does open up interpretation as to which points specifically are included, although the number still remains in line with other high-end inspections.
The 4 packages on offer with CarExamer mean that you have the option to choose the depth level you require to coordinate with the value and the risk of your car.
- Budget – 80+
- Basic – 100+
- Standard – 200+
- Premium – 300+
Even the budget inspection covers the very basics of what is on offer, and in a bid to be as transparent as physically possible, there is also a complete comparison chart on the site done to outline the differences between the packages. This helps, even more, to pick the perfect fit and really maximise value for money no matter which inspection is the most fitting.
The Road Tests
As well as the initial inspection procedures of taking an in-depth tour of the vehicle form a standing point, another key area of any vehicle inspection comes from the roast tests that are also involved. This is where all of the driving happens after all. You need to know what it’s going to be like in motion, and that’s why these are so valuable to have and to make sure are sufficient to the value of the inspection.
Here’s how the two compare:
My Car Inspections
Sadly, this is another area of the My Car Inspections package that remains undisclosed, even after receiving a quote. It clearly states that a road test is included, but the extent of that road test, however, is not. the only real assumption that can be made as to the road test again would be when using the quoted comparison to the AA road test, which would indicate up to 10 Miles.
Again though, ultimately, this is speculation. Without the information to sue to make a justified comparison, there can be no thorough comparison made here.
Unlike the industry standard that is usually the case when comparing inspections, CarExamer do road tests to a different standard. What is meant by this is that rather than using mileage as an indicator of inspection duration or quality, instead, time is used. By using this, it means that no matter where the vehicle is located, there will be a thorough inspection taking place to ensure that enough time is given to the problems at hand without the need to waste time and result in higher prices.
In reality, how this actually impacts the tests is with 10 minute designated road test procedures for the basic and the budget level inspections. For the higher-end premium and standard inspection packages, that’s pushed up to m15 minutes instead.
Lastly, with everything that has been looked at in mind, it’s also imperative to consider the pricing of the inspections if you truly want to maximise your money and get the best value road test that you possibly can.
My Car Inspections
As touched upon earlier in the inspection comparison, the pricing structure for My Car Inspections actually rests upon a few different variables. To understand what they are, it’s best to look into the specifics that result in in the pricing changes.
For example, the first question asked when receiving a quotation is on the age of the car. This creates separate packages for cars under and over the age of 10 years, due to the risk and value involved. In addition to this, however, the pricing also changes in the size of the car. whether this is due to increased value or increased engine size is unclear, but it does reflect the pricing as seen by the following vehicles:
1.0L Ford Fiesta <10 years – £145
3.0L Ford Mondeo <10 Years – £225
Again, this is for the same inspection package as this is the only package available, showing that pricing may well be higher for higher value vehicles still, and for older vehicles if that is the reason for the inspection.
CarExamer’s prices are much easier to understand and are fixed for the vast majority of cases. there are exceptions to this such as high end, high performance or 4×4 vehicles which need special consideration, but this is the industry standard and applied to most if not all services.
The base prices of the CarExamer packages are:
- Budget – £83.99
- Basic – £125.99
- Standard – £167.99
- Premium – £239.99
It does also need to be noted when focussing on the value of the inspections on offer that CarExamer has many service bonuses that are included in these figures. They aren’t always well known, and aren’t definitely not common among other services. This includes features such as an online portal to view your inspection updates in real-time, unlimited vehicle images as required, free cancellations, and multi-buy discounts all work together to give the best possible value for money from one of the only specialist inspection services that are on the market. If you are unsure about what you need and are looking to multiple inspections, that can make the prices even more favourable too.
The Weigh Up
Both of the services being analysed here have something to offer, and for solid and reasonable prices too. The lack of information available from the MyCarInspections site does pose issues in understanding what the service does have to offer, but using the information available, this is still a more in-depth analysis that is available to most potential customers.
CarExamer is based on being truly great value for money and an exceptional customer central organisation, ensuring as much transparency as possible to help make the best choices, and that is the basis of comparison like this in the first place.
Contact us today to talk about your inspection needs. We’re always happy to help