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Frequently Asked Questions

ORDERING AN INSPECTION

How do I purchase a Road Ready Inspection for a classic vehicle?
What information will I need to order an inspection?
Do you complete inspections on evenings or weekends?
Can I order an inspection for a vehicle sold by a dealer?
Can I order an inspection for a vehicle that's located outside of the United States?
How will I receive my inspection report?
Do I run the risk that the seller might sell the vehicle I want while I'm waiting for my report?

THE INSPECTION

What does the Inspection include?
Can I see a sample of an inspection report?
How long is the test drive?
Can the vehicle owner drive the vehicle instead of the inspector?
Does the inspection check title, provide any vehicle value information or background on the vehicle?
Do you have any tips on how to prepare my classic vehicle for the pre-purchase or pre-sale inspection?
Is the Road Ready Inspection guaranteed?
Are you insured or bonded?
The vehicle does not have a license plate. Can I still get it inspected?
The vehicle does not have a VIN. Can I still get it inspected?
What if the seller / owner refuses to have the vehicle inspected?
What if the seller / owner refuses to allow for any test drive?

OUR INSPECTORS

Who will be inspecting my classic vehicle?
Are your inspectors ASE Certified Automotive Technicians?
Are your inspectors experts on all makes/models of classic vehicles?
Does the inspector use any diagnostic equipment or tools to perform the inspection?
Does the inspector put the vehicle on a lift?
Can the inspector call me during or after the inspection?

HOW TO USE THE INSPECTION REPORT

How do I use the inspection report?

GENERAL QUESTIONS

I'm the seller. Can I trust your inspectors will handle my vehicle with care?
If I decide to purchase the vehicle, can you arrange transportation?
Why can't I see the seller's information on some online classified websites? What happens if the vehicle owner refuses to have the vehicle inspected by Road Ready Inspections?
I am a Dealer. Can I choose to use a local mechanic that I know and who is already familiar with my vehicle?

RESCHEDULING OR CANCELLING AN INSPECTION

I'm the vehicle owner. Can I reschedule the Inspection in the case of inclement weather?
Can I cancel an inspection I ordered, if necessary?
What is your refund policy?

ORDERING AN INSPECTION

How do I purchase a Road Ready Inspection for a classic vehicle?
You can purchase a Road Ready Inspection online by clicking here. Simply follow the prompts to get started. If you prefer, you can call a Road Ready Inspection sales representative at 888-813-4143 to place your order Monday-Friday 10am-7pm Central time.
What information will I need to order an inspection?
You will need to contact the vehicle owner to collect the following information prior to purchase:
  • Vehicle information (year, make, model)
  • Vehicle location
  • Vehicle owner information (full name, telephone number and email address, if available)
  • Any special concerns you have with the vehicle.
Do you complete inspections on evenings or weekends?
We perform inspections Monday – Saturday based on the availability of the vehicle.
Can I order an inspection for a vehicle sold by a dealer?
Yes, you can request a Road Ready Inspection for any classic vehicle whether sold by a dealer, a private seller, or offered at an auction.
Can I order an inspection for a vehicle that's located outside of the United States?
At this time, only vehicles located in the Unites States qualify for the Road Ready Inspection program.
How will I receive my inspection report?
Your inspection report will be sent via an email containing a link to your inspection report on our secure website. The inspection report can be easily printed from there.
Do I run the risk that the seller might sell the vehicle I want while I'm waiting for my report?
It's true that the classic vehicle market is "first come, first served" and there's always the possibility that someone might buy the vehicle you want before you're ready to make a decision. It's important to note, however, that the situation is the same whether or not you decide to have us inspect the vehicle for you. Imagine planning an expensive trip to test drive the vehicle only to find out the vehicle has been sold by the time you arrive! To prevent this from happening, we suggest you convey your genuine interest to the seller. A simple way to do this is to arrange for the seller to hold off selling to others until the inspection report is made available in exchange for a small, refundable deposit. This gives you the time you need and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.

THE INSPECTION

What does the Inspection include?
The Road Ready Inspections Pre-Purchase and Pre-Sale Inspection is a rigorous 158-point inspection that documents the overall condition and roadworthiness of classic vehicles. The inspection is conducted at the vehicle location by an independent inspector and includes a 3-5 mile test drive, the condition of the body and paint, scratches, dents, glass, chassis and underbody, tires and wheels, interior, and electrical items as well as 30+ full-color vehicle photos. To see an in-depth detailed report of the inspection criteria, CLICK HERE.
Can I see a sample of an inspection report?
We have a sample report available for you to review on our website or you can click here to See Sample Report for more details.
How long is the test drive?
The Road Ready Test Drive is typically 3-5 miles long and is performed by a specially trained, independent, mobile inspector performing specific testing during the road test.
Can the vehicle owner drive the vehicle instead of the inspector?
If the vehicle's owner requests it, the owner may drive the vehicle while our inspector rides along as a passenger and provides the necessary instructions in order to record all the test points.
Does the inspection check title, provide any vehicle value information or background on the vehicle?
Our inspectors record a vehicle's overall condition and roadworthiness at the time of the inspection. Road Ready Inspections is not an appraisal service. We do not verify VINs or matching numbers, nor do we certify a vehicle's provenance, authenticity, or other non-mechanical considerations that may affect the vehicle's value. We are not able to check for things that require tools or the removal of parts or components from the vehicle.
Do you have any tips on how to prepare my classic vehicle for the pre-purchase or pre-sale inspection?
There are several points you need to consider before our mobile inspector arrives:
1. Make sure that your vehicle is clean and free of any debris and that it is easily accessible from all angles because the inspector will take 30+ photos
2. Make sure the battery is charged, the vehicle has fuel and will start
3. Verify that the vehicle can legally be driven on public streets
4. Have all accessories with the vehicle that will be part of the sale (such as manuals, keys, etc.)
5. Review the What We Check list
6. Keep an open line of communication with the potential buyer and allow them time to review the final report. Remember, this is a very interested potential buyer!
Is the Road Ready Inspection guaranteed?
The pre-purchase and pre-sale inspections are not guaranteed because the vehicle is fully assembled for the inspection and the inspector cannot see the internal components of the vehicle and there are no tests capable of determining longevity of any system or component, including transmission or the engine. In addition, as with any automobile, but especially ones 20 – 60 years old, there is the possibility of impending failures that are not evident at the time of the inspection.
Our inspectors are trained to perform classic vehicle inspections in an accurate manner. However, there is always the possibility of human error. In so using the services incorporated herein, the buyer acknowledges that they are not relying on the inspector's judgment to select any particular motor vehicle and acknowledge that there are no warranties, which extend beyond the statements made herein.
Are you insured or bonded?
No, an inspection is NOT A GUARANTEE. It is merely another tool for you to use in the purchasing process. When used in conjunction with pre-inspection and post-inspection interviews of the seller, you should be able to garner enough information to decide whether or not the car meets your expectations, and if not, adjust your offer or walk away accordingly. Our service has a specially trained, independent, mobile inspector look at a car for you and we provide you with a report of what they see. The final decision as to whether the vehicle meets your needs rests with you.
The vehicle does not have a license plate. Can I still get it inspected?
Yes, as long as the vehicle can legally be driven on public streets in order to complete the test drive. You may need a temporary registration or other form of temporary license plate. Please check the specific requirements of your state and note that our specially trained, independent, mobile inspectors do not carry temporary or dealer license plates.
The vehicle does not have a VIN. Can I still get it inspected?
Yes, just make sure that the vehicle can legally be driven on public streets in order to complete the test drive.
What if the seller / owner refuses to have the vehicle inspected?
It is your responsibility to contact the vehicle owner prior to ordering the Road Ready Inspection. If, after initially approving the inspection date, the vehicle owner refuses permission for an inspection on the day of the inspection, and our inspector has travelled to the site, no refund is granted.
What if the seller / owner refuses to allow for any test drive?
Unfortunately, there is nothing more we can do if the vehicle owner will not allow us to do that. Of course, we will inform you of our inability to perform that part of the inspection and you’ll have to take that into consideration when you decide whether or not to purchase that vehicle. If the vehicle owner refuses to allow a test drive but all other aspects of the test are completed, no refund is granted.

OUR INSPECTORS

Who will be inspecting my classic vehicle?
Our inspectors are all vehicle-loving, gear heads that are passionate about the service they perform!
  • They are trained to inspect vehicles of any year, make, and model based on standardized criteria developed by Road Ready Inspections and McPherson College.
  • They respect all vehicles, regardless of condition, and may ask the owner to perform certain tasks (open the hood, start the ignition, lower the convertible top, etc.).
  • They do not carry tools or have a lift (if the vehicle owner/dealer has a lift, its usage may be agreed upon).
  • They do not offer a personal opinion of the vehicle or whether it should be purchased.
  • They are not performing an appraisal or claiming expert knowledge on the specifics of every make and model
Are your inspectors ASE Certified Automotive Technicians?
Yes, many of them are (or have been), but ASE Certification is geared more towards knowledge of mechanical equipment on late model cars and trucks. There is no nationally recognized certification for inspectors of classic cars. Our inspectors are trained to inspect vehicles of any year, make, and model based on standardized criteria developed by Road Ready Inspections and McPherson College.
Are your inspectors experts on all makes/models of classic vehicles?
No. It would be impossible for our inspectors, or any inspectors, to be experts on all makes/models of classic vehicles. However, they are expert, independent, mobile inspectors that have been specially trained to provide an objective assessment of the classic vehicle based on standardized guidelines.
Does the inspector use any diagnostic equipment or tools to perform the inspection?
Sellers typically do not allow any sort of vehicle disassembly during the inspection. Our inspectors do not perform any disassembly of the vehicle during the inspection and therefore do not require the use of tools.
Does the inspector put the vehicle on a lift?
The inspection is conveniently conducted at the vehicle location by an independent, mobile inspector. In most cases, it is performed at the vehicle owner's home or office. Therefore, a lift is not typically available.
Can the inspector call me during or after the inspection?
The inspector will generally contact you when the inspection is completed. While they will not be able to provide you with the full report until it has been checked by Quality Assurance, they will be able to give you a brief general overview and notify you that the inspection is completed.

HOW TO USE THE INSPECTION REPORT

How do I use the inspection report?
As a vehicle buyer, understanding the contents of this report and how to use it are important. Use this report to:
  • Determine the accuracy of the vehicle description and the vehicle owner's statements
  • Follow up with the vehicle owner regarding any new concerns raised from the inspection (request additional clarification, photos or video)
  • Provide support during negotiations with the vehicle owner or for estimating vehicle repair costs
  • Get a better idea of valuation when combined with further research to make a more informed decision
Note: This Road Ready Inspection Report should not be considered a replacement for proper due diligence in evaluating a vehicle for purchase. As the vehicle buyer it is your responsibility to determine whether the vehicle's condition and status are in accordance with the terms of purchase.

Reminder: A classic vehicle is likely going to have, at a minimum, minor defects. Therefore, it is important to use careful consideration and close examination of all photos provided in this report.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

I'm the seller. Can I trust your inspectors will handle my vehicle with care?
Our inspectors have great respect for vehicle owners and their classic vehicles. Typically, the inspectors will ask the vehicle owner to perform certain operations of the vehicle such as open the hood and trunk. And in the case of rare vehicles, even starting the vehicle.
If I decide to purchase the vehicle, can you arrange transportation?
Yes, through Road Ready Transport we can help you make transport arrangements to have the vehicle delivered to your door anywhere in the United States. If you live outside the USA, they can handle all export arrangements too!
Why can't I see the seller's information on some online classified websites?
The seller's information may be withheld to conform with the privacy policies of the online classified websites. You will have to contact the vehicle owner via that website's contact form to get the vehicle owner's contact information.
What happens if the vehicle owner refuses to have the vehicle inspected by Road Ready Inspections?
It is your responsibility to contact the vehicle owner prior to ordering the Road Ready Inspection. If, after initially approving the inspection date, the vehicle owner refuses permission for an inspection on the day of the inspection, and our inspector has travelled to the site, no refund is granted.
I am a Dealer. Can I choose to use a local mechanic that I know and who is already familiar with my vehicle?
No. To maintain the integrity of the program, Road Ready Inspections uses only specially trained, independent, mobile inspectors within our network. These professionals evaluate your vehicle in a standardized, objective manner and give your prospective buyers peace of mind.

RESCHEDULING OR CANCELLING AN INSPECTION

I'm the vehicle owner and received a request for a pre-purchase inspection; can I reschedule the Inspection in the case of inclement weather?
You can reschedule your appointment up to 1 business day prior to the scheduled inspection appointment. The request MUST be received by email or phone during normal business hours (7am-7pm Central time M-F, 8a-5pm S). Please keep in mind the potential buyer will not receive a refund if the rescheduling request is not received within this time period.
Can I cancel an inspection I ordered, if necessary?
Cancellation/reschedule requests must be made at least 1 business day prior to the scheduled inspection appointment. The request MUST be received by email or phone during normal business hours (10am-7pm Central time M-F). Please provide your name, RRC Order ID, and vehicle make/model information. You will receive an e-mail confirming the order has been cancelled or noted that a reschedule is needed. Refunds will be honored minus an administrative fee of $50 within 30 days of our written notice of cancellation. If, after initially approving the inspection date, the vehicle owner refuses permission for an inspection on the day of the inspection, and our inspector has travelled to the site, the customer ordering the inspection will be responsible for the full price of the inspection. If the vehicle owner refuses to allow a test drive but all other aspects of the test are completed, no refund is granted.
What is your refund policy?
Once the inspector sets out to perform the inspection, there are no refunds.

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