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TCS occasion test vs TCS Auto-Volltest

Can anybody comment on the difference between these tests and when you choose one or the other?


TCS occasion test (used car test, cheaper, has a PDF with list of checks)



TCS Volltest (full test, more expensive)



Does either test include a compression test on the engine?


Does the Volltest include everything in the cheaper used car test? Or do you have to order both tests to get complete coverage?


The TCS Occasions-Test is only CHF 120 in some regions. If you are looking at a car that is a long way from you, that is cheaper than buying a train ticket and taking half a day to go there and inspect the car. Has anybody simply asked for a car to be tested remotely like this as a screening before visiting it?



Many sites recommend making a used car purchase conditional on the MFK. Has anybody also included the TCS inspection as part of the contract, for example, you sign an agreement to buy the car, the seller drops it off at the test center and you have a right to renege on the contract or lower the price if major issues are found?


I've read that most sellers pay for the MFK so it would seem to be sensible to have the MFK done first, if that fails, no money is wasted on the TCS tests.
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Re: TCS occasion test vs TCS Auto-Volltest

Does anybody have any observations on the difference between these tests, MFK vs TCS Occasion-Test vs TCS Volltest?
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Re: TCS occasion test vs TCS Auto-Volltest

Here is a direct link to the TCS PDF about the Occasions-Test


Found a previous post sharing an example of a TCS Volltest from 2015, direct link to the attachment.



In the Volltest report, it looks like a very high level summary of each step in the test, for example, there is only one line for the underbody but there would be multiple points they inspect before ticking that box.


At a high level it appears to overlap with the general areas of the vehicle tested in the Occasions-Test but it isn't clear just how much deeper they go into it or which areas they spend the extra time on.
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Re: TCS occasion test vs TCS Auto-Volltest

The full test will include everything in the minor test.
The garage only does the mfk once you've committed to buy, so the TCS test should come first. I've seen adverts willing to repay the TCS test cost if you continue and purchase the car.


How much are you spending on a car? Personally I'd advise you buy local rather than miles away if you are buying a common car, much easier if there's a problem.


Don't forget that winch, you can pull it, lamppost by lamppost, back to the garage, if it breaks down.
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The full test will include everything in the minor test.
The garage only does the mfk once you've committed to buy, so the TCS test should come first. I've seen adverts willing to repay the TCS test cost if you continue and purchase the car.


How much are you spending on a car? Personally I'd advise you buy local rather than miles away if you are buying a common car, much easier if there's a problem.

I have a few specific requirements such as having a tow ball. Vehicles meeting these requirements tend to be scattered a bit more.



Budget is between 10k - 15k, I really don't mind making a shortlist of 3-4 cars and then having them checked one-by-one to weed out trouble.


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