Frequently Asked Questions

The Road-Ready (Pre-purchase and Pre-Sale) Inspection is a rigorous multi-point inspection that verifies 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, tires and wheels, oil leaks, interior, and electrical items as well as 30+ full-color vehicle photos. You will also receive a bill of sale template, and a Title Transfer Directory with links to motor vehicle registries for all 50 states.

What does the Pre-Purchase/Pre-Sale Inspection include?
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, dents, glass, tires and wheels, oil leaks, interior, and electrical items as well as 30+ full-color vehicle photos. You will also receive a bill of sale template, and a Title Transfer Directory with links to motor vehicle registries for all 50 states.

Who will be inspecting my classic vehicle?
We have specially trained, independent, mobile inspectors that will provide an objective assessment of the classic vehicle based on the standardized guidelines.
See What We Check for more details.

How long is the test drive and can the vehicle owner drive the vehicle?
The Road-Ready Test Drive is typically 3-5 miles long and is performed by a specially trained, independent, mobile 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.

How can I see a sample of an inspection report?
We have several sample reports available for you to review on our website.
See Sample Reports for more details.

Are your inspectors experts on all makes/models of classic vehicles?
No. It would be impossible for our 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.

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- and post- inspection interviews of the seller, you should be able to garner enough information to decide whether or not the car met your expectations and if not, adjust your offer or walk away accordingly. Our service offers you the ability to have someone with your best interest in mind, look at a car for you and simply report what they see. The final decision as to whether the vehicle meets your needs rests firmly with you.

Can I trust your inspectors will handle my vehicle with care?
Our inspectors have great respect for car 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.

Does the inspector use any diagnostic equipment or tools to perform the inspection?
Our inspectors do not use any diagnostic equipment nor do they carry any tools to perform the inspection.

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 curb-side at the vehicle owner’s home or office. Therefore, a lift is not typically available.

Can the inspector call me during the inspection?
No. You will receive a link to the inspection report on our website once the report is completed and reviewed.

Do you complete inspections on evenings or weekends?
No. Our inspections are done during business hours on Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. All orders received on evenings, weekends and holidays are processed the next business day.

How long does the inspection process typically take?
The process starts immediately upon completion of the Inspection online order form. The vehicle inspection portion typically occurs within 3-5 business days based on vehicle availability and vehicle location. The inspection itself takes approximately 1-2 hours. The results are made available to you online within one business day of the completion of the vehicle inspection. Please note that we do not perform any inspections on evenings, weekends and holidays, and that some remote locations may take longer.

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 Certified 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.

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.

How do I use the inspection report?
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; and get a better idea of valuation when combined with further research to make a more informed decision. This Road-Ready inspection report should not be considered a replacement for proper due diligence in evaluation 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.

Is the Road-Ready Certified 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, 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. Buyer acknowledges that there are no warranties which extend beyond the statements made herein.

If you believe there are inaccuracies within the report, you may submit them to our Review Board for consideration of a partial refund. Due to the complex mechanical nature of automobiles and inability for any physical inspection to guarantee continued performance of vehicles, all submissions must be received by Road-Ready Certified within fourteen (14) days of the report being delivered. Submissions may be sent to: team@roadreadycertified.com

How 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 (8am-5pm Arizona time M-F). Please provide name, RRC Order ID, and vehicle make/model information. You will receive an e-mail confirming the order has been cancelled or noted 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.

Can I buy a Pre-Purchase 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 buy a Pre-Purchase or Pre-Sale 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 Certified program.

What happens if the vehicle owner refuses to have the vehicle inspected by Road-Ready Certified?
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, the customer ordering the inspection will be refunded all monies less an administration fee of $130 in the same format as payment was received. If the vehicle owner refuses to allow a test drive but all other aspects of the test are completed, no refund is granted.

How do I purchase a Road-Ready Inspection for a classic vehicle?
You can purchase the Road-Ready Inspection online by clicking here. Simply follow the prompts to get started. If you prefer, you can call a Road-Ready Certified representative at 888-813-4143 to place your order Monday-Friday 8am-5pm Arizona 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, and VIN, if available)
  • Vehicle location
  • Vehicle owner information (full name, telephone number and email address, if available)

Should I be concerned if a Road-Ready Inspection Report for a vehicle I am interested in buying is more than six months old?
The Road-Ready Inspection Report is based on the overall condition and roadworthiness of the vehicle as of the date and mileage the inspection was carried out. Both the date and mileage are clearly noted. Use your own judgment when reviewing a vehicle's inspection documentation and while considering the vehicle's current state. As with any automobile, but especially ones 20 – 60 years old, there is the possibility of more recent failures that were not present at the time of the inspection.

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.

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.

I am the vehicle owner; 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 (8am-5pm Arizona time M-F). Please keep in mind the potential buyer will not receive a refund if the rescheduling request is not received within this time period.

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 Certified 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.

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!

My 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.

My vehicle does not have a license plate. Can I still get it Road-Ready 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.

Road-Ready Certification

Why should I upgrade my Pre-Sale Inspection to Certified?
When you get your vehicle Road-Ready Certified you are letting buyers know that you believe in the quality of your vehicle and that you've gone the extra step to make the transaction as transparent as possible. Those vehicles that are successfully driven and that pass all of the criteria of the Road-Ready Test Drive portion of the Road-Ready Pre-Sale Inspection can be upgraded to designation as a Road-Ready Certified Classic Vehicle. These vehicles are ready to hit the road and receive the Road-Ready Certified seal of approval. The detailed report and collection of full-color vehicle photos you will be able to provide to potential buyers will give them the most comprehensive view of the vehicle possible. This is useful especially for potential buyers from out of state or overseas! As a seller with a Road-Ready Certified Vehicle you also receive Vehicle Marketing Tools to help you sell your vehicle sooner.

How do I use the Road-Ready Certified Vehicle Marketing Tools?
Digital marketing materials are for websites or print. You can use them to promote your vehicle on any classic vehicle listing site like eBay, Hemmings, ClassicCars.com, Craigslist, or a print magazine.

Marketing Materials:

  • A digital Road-Ready Certified sash that you can place on your vehicle photos in magazine ads or online classified web sites
  • A digital Vehicle Certification Certificate that can be included in your photos on online classified ads
  • A physical gold seal for your windshield to help make your car stand out
  • A printed full-color Road-Ready Inspection report to share with prospects
  • A Window Flyer
  • Bill of Sale Form
  • Title Transfer Directory
See Marketing Materials for more details.

As a seller, how long will my inspection be accessible on RoadReadyCertified.com?
You can promote your vehicle as Road-Ready Certified for up to 6 months from the date of the inspection by giving prospective buyers a link to your inspection report. Certification is based on the test drive results of the vehicle at the date and mileage of the inspection. To maximize transparency, the date and mileage at the time of inspection is noted on all online and print documentation to allow buyers to exercise their best judgment when reviewing the report


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