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A Cooling System pressure or chemical exhaust gas presence test will be recommended if contamination is found to be present in cooling system. Normally contamination indicates previous cooling system issues and leads to overheating problems. During inspection, the engines temperature may not always reach its normal operating temperature. Therefore, the thermostat and fan operation cannot be fully checked leading to professional opinion being given regarding looking for abnormal operational issues.


Exhaust Emissions, and in particular catalyst function can only be accurately assessed by utilizing a gas analyzer in controlled static condition as calibrated test equipment is adversely affected by movement. Consequently, Inspectors do not conduct emissions testing. If such a test is required it is recommended that a specialist independent emissions test is sourced such as an MOT center.


If there is no documented evidence available to indicate servicing or replacement cam belt has recently been carried out/renewed, or has been changed at the recommended intervals the inspector will indicate that replacement is strongly advised.

Air Conditioning System Functions are checked and if no refrigerated air is available, the Inspector will recommend investigating and rectifying the defect.

Due to self-levelling Suspension systems being automatically activated by increased pay-load, the facility for checking this function is not available within the scope of this inspection.

Manual Selection and permanent four-wheel drive systems are checked as far as possible given the facilities at the inspections location. However, this cannot include traction and differential lock functions on public or other roads which are constructed/built or tarmac, concrete or any other homogenous non-slip surface only professional unbiased opinion about selectors operation will be given.

If an alarm is fitted and the arming device provided, it will be tested. However, due to many variations in alarm features and operating modes it cannot be confirmed that it is functioning fully to the manufacturers design specification.

The majority of vehicles fitted with a turbo charger or super charger, have no additional instruments provided to indicate that the equipment is producing induction boost. Due to this, the Inspector is unable to confirm that the system is working to specification, other than by giving an opinion on the performance as road tested.

If the Inspector has indicated that a cold start could not be performed as the vehicle has been run prior to inspection, potential starting problems may not be identified.

The Inspector is unable to undertake a compression test on the engine as dismantling would be required. However, if a power imbalance exists due to unequal cylinder performance, the Inspector will provide an opinion to guide and assist further investigation.

Air bags are passive restraints triggered by deceleration and impact sensors, and their function in a collision cannot be tested.

Unless a visual indication of deployment is incorporated, the status of pre-tensioned seat belts cannot be assessed.

Testing for body water leaks requires dedicated facilities, and is not included within the scope of the inspection. However, if stains and damp are evident, these will be commented upon.

Inspectors make a visual inspection and as such, Inspector cannot accept liability for changes in performance, non-compliance with emission standards.


In the unlikely event that defects are discovered after purchases which were not identified in the report, please raise ticket in resolution center from your CarExamer.com account before instructing any repairs. If CarExamer consider it appropriate, a re-inspection of the area of concern and an unbiased second opinion will be provided.

In a dispute a further examination will be arranged from an appropriate body who will be a member of I.A.E.A on customers expense subject to refund by inspector if the inspector have made incorrect judgment.


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