1. Engine Performance
The inspection covers the engine's overall performance, including smoothness, power, and responsiveness. It ensures that the engine operates efficiently and doesn't exhibit any abnormal behaviors, such as stalling or rough idling.
2. Brake System
This checkpoint evaluates the condition of the brake pads, rotors, calipers, and brake lines. It verifies that the braking system is in good working order and able to provide reliable and consistent stopping power.
3. Suspension and Steering
The suspension and steering components are assessed for wear, damage, and proper functionality. This inspection helps identify any issues that may affect the vehicle's stability, handling, or ride comfort.
4. Electrical System
This point examines the electrical system, including the battery, alternator, and wiring. It ensures that all electrical components, such as lights, wipers, and indicators, are functioning correctly and that there are no electrical faults or malfunctions.
5. Tires and Wheels
The condition, tread depth, and tire pressure are inspected to ensure optimal traction, stability, and fuel efficiency. It also checks for any signs of uneven wear or damage to the tires and verifies that the wheels are properly aligned.
6. Exhaust System
This checkpoint evaluates the exhaust system for leaks, damage, or excessive emissions. It ensures that the vehicle meets the necessary environmental regulations and that the exhaust system functions properly.
7. Fluid Levels and Condition
All essential fluids, including engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid, are checked for proper levels and condition. This inspection helps maintain the vehicle's performance and prevents potential damage caused by inadequate fluid levels.
8. Heating and Air Conditioning
The heating and air conditioning systems are assessed to ensure they provide the desired temperature control and airflow. It verifies that the system is functioning correctly, including the heater, defroster, and air conditioning components.
9. Lights and Signals
This point examines all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights. It ensures that all lights are operational, properly aligned, and meet the required brightness standards.
10. Safety Features
This checkpoint covers safety features such as seat belts, airbags, and child safety restraints. It ensures that these features are in good condition and functioning correctly to provide optimal protection in the event of an accident.
11. Fuel System
The fuel system is inspected for leaks, clogs, or other issues that may affect the proper delivery of fuel to the engine. It ensures that the fuel system operates efficiently and minimizes the risk of fuel-related problems.
12. Cooling System
This point evaluates the cooling system, including the radiator, hoses, and water pump. It ensures that the engine maintains the appropriate operating temperature, preventing overheating and potential engine damage.
13. Belts and Hoses
All belts and hoses are checked for wear, cracking, or signs of deterioration. This inspection helps prevent potential failures that may result in loss of power, overheating, or other mechanical issues.
14. Transmission and Drivetrain
This checkpoint examines the transmission and drivetrain components for proper operation and signs of wear. It ensures smooth shifting, efficient power transfer, and identifies any potential transmission or drivetrain problems.
15. Exterior Condition
The overall exterior condition of the vehicle is assessed, including the body panels, paint, and any signs of damage or rust. It provides an overview of the vehicle's appearance and identifies areas that may require attention.
16. Interior Condition
This point evaluates the interior components, such as seats, dashboard, controls, and upholstery. It ensures that the interior is well-maintained and free from significant damage or wear. It examines the functionality of interior features, such as the dashboard controls, seat adjustments, and safety mechanisms.
17. Glass and Mirrors
The condition of the windshield, windows, and mirrors is checked for cracks, chips, or other damage. It ensures clear visibility for the driver and safe operation of the vehicle.
18. Underbody Inspection
This checkpoint involves a thorough examination of the underbody, including the frame, suspension components, exhaust system, and fuel lines. It identifies any signs of corrosion, damage, or leaks that may compromise the vehicle's integrity.
19. Emissions System
The emissions system is inspected to ensure compliance with local regulations. It verifies the proper functioning of components such as the catalytic converter and oxygen sensors, minimizing harmful emissions.
20. Diagnostic Systems
This point involves checking the vehicle's onboard diagnostic systems for any error codes or malfunctions. It helps identify potential issues with the engine, transmission, or other systems that may require further investigation.
21. Additional Accessories
Any additional accessories or features installed in the vehicle, such as aftermarket modifications or optional equipment, are inspected to ensure they are properly installed and functioning correctly.
22. Vehicle History and Documentation
This checkpoint involves reviewing the vehicle's history and documentation, including service records, accident reports, and title information. It helps identify any discrepancies or potential issues that may impact the vehicle's value or reliability.
23. Road Test
The inspection concludes with a road test to evaluate the vehicle's performance, handling, and responsiveness. It allows for real-world assessment of the vehicle's overall condition and ensures that all systems are functioning properly in different driving conditions.
24. Onboard Technology
This point focuses on evaluating the functionality of onboard technology systems, such as the infotainment system, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and other electronic features. It ensures that these systems are operational and provide a seamless user experience.
25. Battery and Charging System
The battery and charging system are inspected to ensure proper voltage and functioning. It checks for corrosion on battery terminals, tests the battery's charge, and examines the alternator's output to ensure a reliable electrical power supply.
26. Engine Belts
This checkpoint examines the condition and tension of engine belts, such as the serpentine belt. It ensures that the belts are free from cracks, fraying, or excessive wear, preventing potential engine damage or loss of power.
27. Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid
The condition of the wiper blades is assessed to ensure optimal visibility during inclement weather. The washer fluid reservoir is also checked to ensure an adequate supply for windshield cleaning.
28. Engine Air Filter
The engine air filter is inspected to ensure it is clean and free from debris. A clogged or dirty air filter can affect engine performance and fuel efficiency, so it is essential to maintain a clean filter.
29. Cabin Air Filter
This point involves checking the cabin air filter, which helps maintain clean air inside the vehicle's cabin. It ensures that the filter is clean and functioning correctly, providing a healthy and comfortable environment for passengers.
30. Fuel Cap
The fuel cap is inspected to ensure it is in good condition and properly seals the fuel tank. A loose or damaged fuel cap can lead to fuel evaporation and trigger the check engine light.
31. Maintenance and Service Recommendations
This checkpoint involves providing recommendations for any necessary maintenance or service based on the inspection findings. It helps vehicle owners stay informed about upcoming maintenance needs and ensures the vehicle's long-term reliability.
32. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verification
The VIN is verified to ensure it matches the vehicle's documentation and history. It helps prevent issues related to identity theft or incorrect vehicle information.
33. Fluid Leaks
The inspection includes a check for any fluid leaks under the vehicle, such as oil, coolant, brake fluid, or transmission fluid. Identifying and addressing leaks promptly can prevent further damage and maintain the vehicle's performance.
34. Body and Frame Alignment
This checkpoint evaluates the vehicle's body and frame alignment to identify any signs of damage or misalignment. It ensures the structural integrity of the vehicle and helps detect potential accident history or frame damage.
35. Wheel Bearings
The condition of wheel bearings is inspected to ensure smooth and safe wheel rotation. Worn-out or damaged wheel bearings can cause excessive noise, vibration, or even wheel detachment, compromising vehicle safety.
36. Exhaust Emissions
This point involves testing the exhaust emissions to ensure compliance with local environmental regulations. It measures the levels of harmful pollutants emitted by the vehicle's exhaust system.
37. Engine Fluid Contamination
The inspection includes assessing engine fluids for any signs of contamination or degradation, such as coolant mixed with oil or dirty transmission fluid. It helps identify potential issues that may require further investigation or repair.
38. Key Fob Battery
For vehicles equipped with keyless entry or push-to-start systems, the key fob battery is checked to ensure it has sufficient power. A weak key fob battery can cause issues with remote locking/unlocking or starting the vehicle.
39. Rust and Corrosion
The inspection involves checking for any signs of rust or corrosion on the vehicle's body, frame, and underbody components. Rust can weaken the vehicle's structure and lead to expensive repairs if left unaddressed.
40. Owner's Manual and Maintenance Schedule
The final checkpoint focuses on reviewing the owner's manual and maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer. It ensures that the owner has access to the necessary information and guidance regarding routine maintenance tasks, service intervals, and recommended procedures.