Vehicle Health Check Explained – Red, Amber and Green

Jul 9, 2019

Vehicle Health Check Explained – Red, Amber and Green

This blog has been created to answer any questions around Vehicle Health Checks that you may have.

What is a Vehicle Health Check?

A Vehicle Health Check, otherwise known as VHC, will cover many key points on your car to ensure that it is safe, and will identify those that are unsafe.

On completion of a VHC, a report of your results is formed. The report will score all points that have been checked on your vehicle using the Red, Amber or Green traffic light system which determines whether work will need done or not.

VHC scoring explained

  • Red – Requires urgent attention. Your vehicle may be at risk to damage, unsafe or illegal to drive.
  • Amber – Recommended work is required but not urgent.
  • Green – Safe and good to go.

The VHC is used to simply check the state of your car and give relevant advice. You are then given the option to authorise the work to be carried out.

Are Vehicle Health Checks mandatory?

No, a VHC is not mandatory. However, they will be typically carried out when your car is going through a service, MOT or alongside a repair.

What does a VHC include?

When your car goes through a Vehicle Health Check, the following will be checked:

  • Suspension.
  • Steering.
  • Electrical.
  • Fluid levels,
  • Brake and disc pad thickness.
  • Tyre tread thickness.
  • Lights.
  • Exhaust.

How long does a VHC take?

A vehicle health check can take anything between 15-30 minutes.

Where can I get a Vehicle Health Check on my car?

To book your Vehicle Health Check today, simply enter your reg number and get a quote from our registered garages in your local area!


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