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How to Inspect a Used Car Before You Buy

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What Is Inspected Before We Sell a Used Vehicle

Generally speaking, a dealer will utilize a pre-owned vehicle inspection checklist before any car or truck is listed on their pre-owned vehicle inventory. This is a highly detailed check of all systems, both major and minor. An inspection includes many exact items and criteria which can vary from one store to another. This makes sure that every used vehicle is in acceptable condition. Many, if not all, components may typically be put into 3 primary categories: mechanical, electronic, and service. Get to know all that’s needed for a pre-owned car inspection checklist.



Mechanical Inspection

Mechanical Inspection

From anti-lock brakes to DSG transmissions, updated mechanical car parts control every function of today’s cars and it’s imperative that they’re operating properly to stay safe and avoid accidents. A comprehensive inspection will likely cover these components and many others like engine components, CVT transmissions, drive systems, the car battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (hoses and the radiator). If the vehicle is either an EV or a hybrid, the drive battery should only be inspected and serviced by a professional.

Electric Inspection

Electronic Check

Now more than ever, the core of today’s cars boast complex electronics like engine computers, gauge clusters, touchscreens, NAV systems, and cameras. So it’s critical that they receive and pass the same meticulous tests as the other components. A rigorous electrical inspection includes all lighting, as well as touchscreens and driving lights. Most necessary, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computers and any additional systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine settings, braking systems, blind spot detection, and cell phone systems.

Vehicle Service Check

Vehicle Service Report

A meticulous inspection can highlight any known issues, but it might not identify issues that occurred previously. To fully appreciate the status of your car we use CarFax or AutoCheck. These services display the full history of a vehicle and will typically highlight information like oil changes, title problems, previous accidents, warranty service, and mileage inconsistencies. Realizing the full history of the vehicle you’re about to purchase lets you make the best possible decision.



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