Check the headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals to make sure they all work properly.
Ensure the tire tread is at least 1/8 of an inch deep and check for any damage or bald spots that could cause a blowout. Also, ensure that the pressure in all tires is at the recommended level.
3. Fluid Levels:
Check engine oil, coolant/anti-freeze, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer solvent, and battery water levels (if applicable) to make sure they are full and not contaminated with dirt or debris.
Ensure that all cables are secure and free from corrosion and that the battery is charged.
5. Belts & Hoses:
Inspect all belts for cracking or fraying and hoses for swelling, softness, or leaks.
6. Windshield Wipers:
Check to make sure the blades are in good condition, able to clear away water quickly and easily, and not leaving streaks on the windshield.
Check brake pedal feel, test emergency brakes, inspect brake pads/shoes for wear, check the fluid level in the master cylinder, and look for any signs of leaking fluid.
8. Steering & Suspension:
Make sure the steering wheel is not loose and there are no clunks when turning. Also, check that the suspension system is functioning correctly without any squeaking or rattling noises.
9. Exhaust System:
Inspect the exhaust system for leaks, rust holes, loose hangers/clamps, and other signs of wear and tear.