How to Inspect a Used Car Before You Buy

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What’s Included in a Checklist for a Pre-Owned Car or Truck Inspection?

Most respectable auto dealers include a used car or truck inspection checklist before any car or truck is allowed to be listed on the used inventory. This is a meticulous review of all automotive systems, both major and minor. A checklist includes many particular and highly detailed criteria that typically vary from one store to another. This makes certain that each used vehicle is in acceptable condition. Most, if not all, elements fall into 3 essential buckets: mechanical, service, and electrical. Learn what it takes to conduct a used car inspection checklist.



Mechanical Review

Mechanical Review

From DSG transmissions to the brakes, modern mechanical components control every aspect of today’s cars and it’s important that they are operating properly to stay safe and avoid accidents. A comprehensive mechanical inspection should review these components and others such as engine parts, CVT transmissions, 2WD or 4WD systems, the car battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the car is either a hybrid or an EV, the drive battery can only be serviced and inspected by a professional.

Electric Review

Electronic Inspection

More than ever, modern vehicles have electrical systems like computers, gauge clusters, touchscreen radios, NAV systems, and cameras. So it’s imperative that they receive and pass the same meticulous tests as the other components. A meticulous inspection of the electronics includes all internal, external, and emergency lighting, as well as digital displays and running lights. Most necessary, however, are diagnostics of any onboard computer and any other systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine settings, anti-lock braking systems, safety tech, and cell phone integration.

Vehicle History Inspection

Report of Vehicle Service

A comprehensive inspection can uncover any known concerns, but it could miss some problems that occurred previously. To fully comprehend the actual status of your car we work with AutoCheck or CarFax. These services detail the full history of a vehicle and can typically provide information such as mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, title problems, previous accidents, and warranty service. Realizing the full account of the car, truck, or SUV you’re wanting to buy lets you make the best possible decision.



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