Pre-Purchase Inspection

Buying a second hand car can be a scary process, and it might sometimes seem like a gamble with so many unknown variables. SD European's pre-purchase inspection is a deep dive into the vehicles health to give you total peace of mind that you're making the right choice before handing over your money. There can be huge variances in the mechanical health of second-hand cars so pre-purchase checks can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

What do you get?
SD European's pre purchase inspection will provide a report which will give you a clear overview of the vehicles condition. The report will provide insights from the visual, mechanical and functional health as well as into the vehicles history and specifications. We put together all of these points in an easy to read format which we will go over with you in person to paint a clear picture and answer any questions you may have.


What gives SD European an advantage over General Pre-Purchase Inspections in Hamilton?

1. Unlike generic inspection services, our technicians and staff are European car trained experts who work on European cars every day, so they know the common and not so common faults to look out for for your specific European vehicle.

2. We have access to the government database to run a detailed report on vehicle kilometre history, registration history, import history and detailed vehicle specification options from factory.

3. We use advanced diagnostic software to run a report on the vehicles computer, and identify potential faults and software updates required.

What brands do you offer a pre-purchase inspection on?

As specialists in European Cars, we primarily offer inspections for these brands, but can also offer an inspection for other European Brands too.

- BMW Pre Purchase Inspection
- Volkswagen Pre Purchase Inspection
- Audi Pre Purchase Inspection
- Mini Pre Purchase Inspection
- Mercedes Benz Pre Purchase Inspection
- Skoda Pre Purchase Inspection

Enquire today to book your pre-purchase check appointment for an Audi, BMW, Mini, Skoda, Mercedes Benz or Volkswagen.

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Servicing & Repairs FAQ

  • How do I book in?

    Booking in is quick and simple - either ring us up, or book online through out Online Booking page. Both options only take a minute to complete.

  • Do I need to book?

    In most cases we require that you book before coming in. If you have a light on the dash, or require a quick diagnostic scan however, you can just come in and ask us to have a quick look without a booking.

  • What service option should I get?

    That depends on your budget. If you can afford it, always go for the Euro 3 service option. This is because it is a much more comprehensive check of the vital safety and reliability functions of your car. For example, Euro 1 does not check your spark plugs, which could be a simple reason for your car to be running very poorly and increasing fuel consumption. If you had a Euro 3 service in this instance worn out spark plugs would be discovered and could replaced to get your car running smooth again.

  • What brands do you work on?

    We limit our specialties to 6 brands; BMW, Mini, Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen & Mercedes Benz. This is because German cars require a lot of specialist tools and knowledge, so we like to focus our resources on being experts of just these car brands.

  • What filters and oils do you use for your servicing?

    We use high quality tried and tested genuine or aftermarket filters in all of our servicing options. For oil we use Castrol oil, which will use a grade specific to your brand and model.

  • What happens if my car requires extra work or parts?

    During an inspecting of your car the mechanic may notice that there are problems or worn out parts which effect the safety or reliability of your car. In this case we will contact you immediately following the service with an explanation of the problems and an estimation of the cost to repair. If you authorise us to carry out the work, then we get it done as quickly as we can. Most the time we will have parts in stock to complete the work, and we try to get your car back to you the same day. We will never complete any additional work without getting your authorisation first.

  • Why should I service my car here vs a regular garage?

    There are a number of key reasons why you should service your car at a specialist garage such as SD European. Some of these points include: Specialist mechanics know the quirks and details of the specific brand/model very well, this means they are able to perform the mechanical work more efficiently and at a higher quality of work. Specialists have the correct tools and technical equipment to perform the job - there are a lot of specialist tools which regular garages don't have which means they have to do it the long way, hire in tools or outsource part of the job. Specialists have your cars special filters and correct oil requirements on hand and ready to go which means they can have a quick turnaround. Specialists also have a lot of experience with common problems on that particular car make/model so they are much quicker at diagnosing a fault of problem.

  • Can I wait on site while my cars being worked on?

    Yes! If your car is just getting a small amount of work like a WOF and you'd like to wait, then please let our reception know before you arrive so they can get onto your car right away. While waiting you can enjoy our customer lounge with WIFI, power points, TV and tables / chairs.

  • Do you work on Electric Vehicles (EV's)?

    Yes! We have the tools and equipment to service petrol, diesel and electric powered versions of BMW, Mini, Audi, VW, Skoda & Mercedes Benz.

  • Do you work on Commercial & Fleet vehicles?

    YES! We have a huge 6.3 tonne hoist, and specialist equipment to service and repair your commercials or fleet vehicles such as Volkswagen Amarok, Volkswagen Crafter, Volkswagen Transporter T5, Mercedes Sprinter and Mercedes X-Class.