Unit 4A, 8 Vale lane, Bristol, BS3 5RU

Vehicle Preparation

Purchase your next car with confidence and peace of mind from UCOB, an RAC and CTSI Approved Dealer.

What does RAC Approved mean?

RAC Approved means that we are able to offer RAC BuySure; a guarantee that every approved car purchased comes with the following:

82 Point Vehicle Preparation Standard. An RAC approved vehicle preparation standard that all Approved dealers have to meet and are audited on.
RAC Warranty. A minimum of 3 months RAC warranty.
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 (for the duration of Breakdown Cover)

The RAC visit us at least 6 times per year to check that our vehicles are prepared to the high standards within their Approved Used Vehicle Code.

Essentially it’s a way of helping car buyers identify car supermarkets like UCOB, that share the same ethos for quality, integrity and exceptional customer service as the RAC.

What does CTSI Approved mean?

By adhering to the RAC’s Used Car Code of Practice, we are approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

The CTSI approval scheme is committed to promoting codes of practice that meet the core criteria of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. This provides confidence to members that their operations meet high standards of the CTSI and ultimately, consumers.

Key points – Giving you confidence in your purchase from Used Cars of Bristol
RAC Approved 82 point check vehicle standard
RAC Warranty – A minimum of 3 months RAC Warranty
12 Months Breakdown Cover
Full HPI vehicle checks completed
RAC Accident Care – Your RAC breakdown cover includes Accident Care and Motor Legal Care (for the duration of Breakdown Cover)
All paperwork online, ready for inspection
Professional valet, inside and out
Approved sources
Test drives welcome

RAC Approved 82 Point Check

This Approved Preparation Standard is set by the RAC to ensure a consistent minimum level of vehicle preparation at all participating RAC Approved Dealers under RAC BuySure.

The preparation standard includes:

Vehicle History
VIN Inspection
Vehicle History Report Obtained
Scheduled Maintenance Performed (inc timing belt)
Current MOT Certificate (if applicable)
Road Test
Cruise Control (if applicable)
Satisfactory starting, general performance and behaviour of the vehicle
Particular attention to the operation of clutch, transmission, steering, suspension and brakes including A.B.S.
Listen for abnormal noises
After road test a visual check for fluid leak
Gauges operate properly
Check battery and starter motor start engine with ease from both hot and cold
Check for excessive visual emissions from exhaust
Check hot-starting and any evidence of over-heating
Check no stored faults on the OBD
Ensure correct operation and efficiency of the parking brake

Vehicle Exterior
No dents or scratches visible to the eye from a distance of 2m
Windscreen free from any damage that would exclude the vehicle from an MOT test
Check for any corrosion around paint cracks or chips
Operation and condition of exterior mirrors
Check all previous structural body repairs/accident damage has been repaired to a satisfactory standard
Check body panel/alignment
Operation of fuel filler system including petrol caps and lever release system
Operation of bonnet catch, safety catch, hinges, tailgate supports
Operation of door locks and central locking including child safety locks
Inspect exterior trim for security and correct fitment
Vehicle Interior
Operation of audio and alarm systems
Operation of Navigation System (if applicable)
Operation of Air-conditioning, heating and demist systems
Operation of instruments, gauges and controls
Operation of all internal equipment (e.g. cigarette lighters, sun visors, arms rests, etc)
Operation of visual and audible driver warning systems
Operation of parking assistance systems (if applicable)
All drive pedals operate correctly
Ensure no evidence of water ingress
Operation and condition of seatbelts / mountings
Security of seat mountings, head rests and seat adjustment mechanism
Operation of interior lights
Operation of rear view mirror /sun visors
Check operation and condition of sunroof mechanism (if applicable)Ensure correct operation of parcel shelf
Inspect interior trim/dashboard for tears, holes, burns or excessive soiling
Road Wheels & Tyre Checks
Ensure vehicle jack, tool kit, locking wheel nut and safety equipment (where applicable) are in place
Ensure minimum tread depth of 3mm across all tyres including spare (if applicable)
Ensure road wheels are free from distortion, gouges or visible cracking
Ensure tyres are free from cuts, bulges and inappropriate repairs
Inspect for evidence of uneven tyre wear or casing damage
Engine Compartment
Check engine oil for correct level and dipstick oil sample is free from contamination
Check coolant for correct level and that coolant is free from visual contamination
Ensure correct gearbox fluid levels manual / automatic (where applicable)
Check all Fluid Levels: e.g. brake, clutch, power steering, washer reservoir and battery (including security)
Inspect auxiliary drive belts, condition and tension
Check engine mountings for security and condition
Inspect wiring, pipes, hoses, oil and fuel feed lines for routing, check for damage, chafing and leaks (where visible)
Check for oil and water leaks
Check condition of cooling system radiator and engine oil cooler/intercooler are free from damage or excessive corrosion
Ensure no evident undue engine noise

For hybrid vehicles only:

Check operation of Hybrid cooling system
Inspect switchable powertrain mount Hybrid entertainment and information display
Check entertainment and information display
Check exhaust condition and mountings
Check clamps and security
Ensure no evidence of fluid or exhaust leaks
Check Catalytic Converter
Check operation and condition of steering for leaks and security
Check tie rod ends, CV boots and rack boots condition
Check condition of front and rear suspension
No visual evidence of faults to braking components
Ensure brake pads have a minimum of 50% material remaining
Check underbody for excess corrosion and ensure that the chassis is free from extensive structural repairs
Ensure transmission/driveshaft is secure and free from excessive play


Not just any vehicle check

Our HPI checks are the most thorough available on the market- expensive for us, but essential for a genuine car purchase as an estimated 1 in 3 cars on the UK’s roads have something to hide.

The check includes:

Finance checks
Genuine mileage check
Previous damage to V5
Previous total loss claims
Information from Police, DVLA, insurance companies, finance houses, industry bodies and car car supermarkets and garages
The Paperwork

You can relax. In effort to make your purchase as clear, easy and simple as possible, all the information we have on every single car in the showroom (such as MOTs and service history) will be available to view online for your ultimate peace of mind. This includes:

Current MOT certificate
V5 Vehicle Registration form
HPI Confirmation Certificate
Added extras (Sat Nav, heated seats etc)
Professional Valet

Our team will professionally valet each car for our showroom, inside and out, to an extemporary standard. We use high quality chemicals only available to large dealers like ourselves for the ultimate care when preparing our cars for sale.

Autoglym Lifeshine

Protect your investment with Autoglym LifeShine from Used Cars of Bristol.

Road salt, traffic film, strong detergents, the weather – just some of the hazards that can diminish your car’s beautiful finish. And that’s just on the outside. Things can get just as messy on the inside – especially with young children.

Paintwork Protection

Paintwork Protection - Used Cars of Bristol

Paintwork is professionally treated with a unique protective coating, featuring Carbon Shield Technology™

Upholstery Protection

Upholstery Protection - Used Cars of Bristol

A highly durable sealant is professionally applied to interior upholstery, protecting against spills and stains.

Glass Protection

Glass Protection - Used Cars of Bristol

Glass treatment is professionally applied to exterior windows, creating a non-stick, water-repellent barrier.

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