Our RAC BuySure guarantee lets you buy with total confidence

Looking to buy a used car? You're not alone! Around 75% of car buyers in the UK now opt for a used car.

So, how can you be sure you're getting what you expect?

At Mike Brewer Motors we want you to feel completely confident that when you buy a car from us, it is prepared to the highest possible standards and handed over to you with every reassurance that it is safe, sound and ready to hit the roads.

Mike Brewer Motors is an RAC BuySure Approved Dealer, which means that we adhere to strict standards around the preparation of your vehicle for sale.

Purchase your next car from us with confidence and peace of mind.

  • 82 Point Vehicle Preparation Standard An RAC approved vehicle preparation standard that all Approved Dealers have to meet and are audited on.
  • RAC guarantee A minimum of 6 months RAC guarantee.
  • 12 Months Breakdown Cover Vehicle based breakdown including Roadside, Recovery and At Home.
  • Car Data Check Ensures the vehicle you are buying isn't stolen, written off or has outstanding finance.
  • RAC Accident Care Your RAC breakdown cover includes Accident Care and Motor Legal Care (for the duration of Breakdown Cover).

So, what's included in the RAC 82 point vehicle preparation standard check?

The preparation standard includes:

Vehicle History

  • VIN Inspection

  • Scheduled Maintenance Performed (inc timing belt)

  • Engine number check

  • Vehicle History Report Obtained

  • Current MOT Certificate (if applicable)

Road Test

  • Cruise Control (if applicable)

  • Clutch, transmission, steering, suspension and brakes including A.B.S.

  • Gauges operate properly

  • Efficiency of parking brake

  • Check no engine management lights are illuminated on test drive or when engine idling

  • Starting system, general performance and behaviour of the vehicle

  • No evidence of abnormal noises

  • Check battery and starter motor start engine with ease from both hot and cold

  • Check to ensure no excessive visual emissions from exhaust

  • Engine cooling fans operate at appropriate temperature

Vehicle Exterior

  • No dents that have either cracked paint or are larger than 50mm in diameter

  • No signs of bodywork corrosion

  • All structural body repairs/accident damage have been repaired using manufacturer-approved methods

  • Operation of fuel filler system including petrol caps and lever release system

  • Door locks and central locking including child safety locks

  • Windscreen free from any damage that would exclude the vehicle from an MOT test

  • Exterior mirrors

  • Ensure correct body panel fitting and alignment

  • Bonnet catch, safety catch, hinges, tailgate supports

  • Exterior trim for security and correct fitment

Vehicle Interior

  • Wipers and washers

  • Rearview mirror / sun visors

  • Navigation System

  • Instruments, gauges and controls

  • Convertible roof mechanism (if applicable)

  • All internal equipment (e.g. cigarette lighters, sun visors, arms rests, etc)

  • Air-conditioning, heating and demist systems

  • Operation and condition of seatbelts / mountings

  • No interior trim / dashboard for tears, holes, burns or excessive soiling

  • All warning lights operate correctly

  • SRS warning light functionality

  • Visual and audible driver warning systems

  • Parking assistance systems

  • Interior lights

  • Door windows (manual / electric)

  • Audio and alarm systems

  • All exterior lighting equipment and respective control lights and cluster illumination

  • Sunroof mechanism

  • No evidence of water ingress

  • Parcel shelf or tonneau cover if fitted

  • All drive pedals operate correctly

  • Security of seat mountings, head rests and seat adjustment mechanism

Road Wheels & Tyre Checks

  • Minimum tread depth of 3mm across all tyres including spare

  • Tyres have no cuts through to the casing, bulges and no evidence of temporary repairs

  • No evidence of uneven tyre wear or casing damage

  • Road wheels are free from distortion, gouges or visible cracks

Engine Compartments

  • Carry out battery test & ensure terminals are secure & free from corrosion

  • Coolant antifreeze content, & ensure system is free of visual contamination

  • Gearbox fluid levels, manual or automatic are correct

  • Auxiliary drive belts, condition & tension

  • Wiring, pipes, hoses, oil & fuel feed lines for routing; are free from damage, chafing & leaks (where visible)

  • Cooling system radiator & engine oil cooler/intercooler are free from damage or excessive corrosion

  • Engine oil is correct level & dipstick oil sample is free from contamination

  • Check vehicles charging system for minimum output

  • All fluid levels are correct; e.g. brake, clutch, power steering, washer & battery

  • Engine mountings for security & condition

  • No fluid leaks

  • No evidence of undue engine noise

For hybrid vehicles only:

  • Hybrid cooling system

  • Hybrid entertainment & information display

  • Hybrid power-train mount


  • Exhaust, mountings, clamps & check security of system

  • Any fluid leaks from engine, drive train, fuel systems

  • Steering for leaks & security

  • Front & rear Springs, Shock absorbers & mounting points

  • Ensure brake pads have a minimum of 50% material remaining

  • Ensure transmission / driveshaft is secure & free from excessive play

  • Exhaust gas leaks

  • Catalytic converter

  • Tie rod ends, CV joints, drive shafts & steering rack including books/covers

  • No visual evidence of faults to braking components

  • Check underbody for excess corrosion & ensure that the chassis is free from extensive structural repairs


  • Fully cleaned and valeted vehicles

  • 2 Keys and remote fobs

  • Owners manual, including locking wheel nut tool (if fitted)

  • Service history (if applicable)

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