RAC Approved

Peace of mind comes as standard with Blackstone Prestige as all of our eligible vehicles come with the assurance of RAC Approved status. This means our cars are independently checked against RAC's 82 point Approved Vehicle Preparation Standard as well as a full vehicle history report ensuring the car does not have a dubious history. You'll also get 6 months RAC Warranty and 12 months complimentary RAC Breakdown Rescue with Homestart - we can't do fairer than that!

The RAC Approved Preparation Standard is set by RAC to ensure a consistent level of vehicle preparation under the RAC BuySure programme specifically for RAC Approved Dealers only.

The preparation standard includes:

1. Vehicle History
✔ VIN Inspection
✔ Vehicle History Report Obtained
✔ Scheduled Maintenance Performed(inc timing belt)
✔ Current MOT Certificate (if applicable)
✔ Engine number check

2. Road Test
✔ Cruise Control (if applicable)
✔ Starting system, general performance and behaviour of the vehicle
✔ Clutch, transmission, steering, suspension and brakes including A.B.S.
✔ No evidence of abnormal noises
✔ No visual fluid leaks after road test
✔ Gauges operate properly
✔ Check battery and starter motor start engine with ease from both hot and cold
✔ Efficiency of parking brake
✔ Check to ensure no excessive visual emissions from exhaust
✔ Check no engine management lights are illuminated on test drive or when engine idling
✔ Engine cooling fans operate at appropriate temperature

3. Vehicle Exterior
✔ No dents that have either cracked paint or are larger than 50mm in diameter
✔ Windscreen free from any damage that would exclude the vehicle from an MOT test
✔ No signs of bodywork corrosion
✔ Exterior mirrors
✔ All structural body repairs have been repaired using manufacturer approved methods
✔ Ensure correct body panel fitting and alignment
✔ Operation of fuel filler system including petrol caps and lever release system
✔ Bonnet catch, safety catch, hinges, tailgate supports
✔ Door locks and central locking including child safety locks
✔ Exterior trim for security and correct fitment

4. Vehicle Interior
✔ Wipers and washers
✔ Visual and audible driver warning systems
✔ Rear view mirror / sun visors
✔ Parking assistance systems
✔ Navigation System
✔ Interior lights
✔ Instruments, gauges and controls
✔ Door windows (manual / electric)
✔ Convertible roof mechanism (if applicable)
✔ Audio and alarm systems
✔ All internal equipment (e.g. cigarette lighters, sun visors, arms rests, etc)
✔ All exterior lighting equipment and respective control lights and cluster illumination
✔ Air-conditioning, heating and demist systems
✔ Sunroof mechanism
✔ Operation and condition of seatbelts / mountings
✔ No evidence of water ingress
✔ No interior trim / dashboard for tears, holes, burns or excessive soiling
✔ Parcel shelf or tonneau cover if fitted
✔ All warning lights operate correctly
✔ All drive pedals operate correctly
✔ SRS warning light functionality
✔ Security of seat mountings, head rests and seat adjustment mechanism

5. Road Wheels & Tyre Checks
✔ Minimum tread depth of 3mm across all tyres including spare
✔ No evidence of uneven tyre wear or casing damage
✔ Tyres have no cuts through to the casing, bulges and no evidence of temporary repairs
✔ Road wheels are free from distortion, gouges or visible cracks

6. Engine Compartment
✔ Carry out battery test & ensure terminals are secure & free from corrosion
✔ Engine oil is correct level & dipstick oil sample is free from contamination
✔ Coolant antifreeze content, & ensure system is free of visual contamination
✔ Check vehicles charging system for minimum output
✔ Gearbox fluid levels, manual or automatic are correct
✔ All fluid levels are correct; e.g. brake, clutch, power steering, washer & battery
✔ Auxiliary drive belts, condition & tension
✔ Engine mountings for security & condition
✔ Wiring, pipes, hoses, oil & fuel feed lines for routing; are free from damage, chafing & leaks (where visible)
✔ No fluid leaks
✔ Cooling system radiator & engine oil cooler/intercooler are free from damage or excessive corrosion
✔ No evidence of undue engine noise

For hybrid vehicles only:
✔ Hybrid cooling system
✔ Hybrid power-train mount
✔ Hybrid entertainment & information display

7. Underbody
✔ Exhaust, mountings, clamps & check security of system
✔ Exhaust gas leaks
✔ Any fluid leaks from engine, drive train, fuel systems
✔ Catalytic converter
✔ Steering for leaks & security
✔ Tie rod ends, CV joints, drive shafts & steering rack including books/covers
✔ Front & rear Springs, Shock absorbers & mounting points
✔ No visual evidence of faults to braking components
✔ Ensure brake pads have a minimum of 50% material remaining
✔ Check underbody for excess corrosion & ensure that the chassis is free from extensive structural repairs
✔ Ensure transmission / driveshaft is secure & free from excessive play

8. Convenience
✔ Fully cleaned and valeted vehicles
✔ Owners manual, including locking wheel nut tool (if fitted)
✔ Keys and remote fobs
✔ Service history (if applicable)