1. Check headlights, brake lights, and turn signals:
Headlights should be properly aligned and of the correct wattage for the model of vehicle in order to provide optimal visibility during night driving. Brake lights should be in working order to alert other drivers when slowing or stopping. Turn signals must be functional and distinct so that those behind can easily identify the direction of turns.
2. Inspect tire treads and tires for excessive wear:
Tire treads should be uniform with no bald spots, cracks, or bulges indicating possible air pressure issues or excessive use. Tires should be properly inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure optimal performance and handling.
3. Ensure all safety equipment is in good condition (seat belts, airbags, etc.):
All seatbelts must remain intact and free from rips or tears while being securely latched back into place when not in use. Airbags should be inspected for proper deployment by a certified technician if necessary and replace as deemed necessary by the manufacturer's specifications.
4. Examine mirrors for proper adjustment and visibility:
Mirrors should be adjusted to the driver’s eye level so that they can clearly view traffic in front, beside, and behind them. Mirrors should also be free from cracks or damage which could obstruct vision.
5. Check windshield wipers for severe wear or damage:
Windshield wipers should be inspected for any tears, splits, or gouges in the rubber surface as well as any corrosion at the base of the wiper blade. Wipers should function properly without leaving streaks on the windshield.
6. Look at the steering system for any signs of wear or defect:
The steering wheel should turn freely with no binding when turning left and right. Steering components should be inspected for signs of wear or damage such as leaks, frayed hoses, cracked belts, or worn ball joints.
7. Inspect suspension systems and check ball joints/boots:
Suspension systems should be free from any leaks or visible damage and all bushings should be intact with no apparent deterioration. The ball joints of the vehicle must move seamlessly and without any grinding or sticking sounds emerging from the front end.Boots should have no tears or cracks in them indicating possible contamination of lubrication fluid.
8. Check brakes pads/shoes for adequate friction material:
Brake pads and shoes should have sufficient friction material to ensure optimal braking performance. Pads and shoes should also show no signs of cracking, splitting, or fading.
9. Test horn to make sure it’s working properly:
The horn should be tested to make sure it is working properly and can be heard from at least 20 feet away. The buttons or triggers used to activate the horn should also be inspected for any damage or wear.
10. Examine the exhaust system to ensure that it meets emissions standards:
The exhaust system should be inspected for any signs of leaks, corrosion, or damage. To make certain that it conforms to state and federal regulations, the emission output must be thoroughly assessed.
11. Check for any fluid leaks and check hose condition:
The vehicle should be checked for any fluid leaks including oil, coolant, or transmission fluid. Any hoses connected to the engine should also be inspected for signs of wear and tear as well as being securely fastened into place.
12. Inspect the battery for corrosion or damage, and verify that all cables are properly connected:
The battery should be inspected for any signs of corrosion or damage to the cables. All cables should also be securely connected to their respective terminals with no fraying or exposed wires.
13. Test vehicle’s ignition system to ensure it is working properly:
The ignition system should be tested to make sure that the engine can start and run smoothly. This includes checking the spark plugs, coil packs, distributor cap, and rotor for proper operation. Testing the starter motor is also necessary to ensure that it is functioning properly.
14. Ensure the fuel system is in proper working order and make sure there are no leaks present:
The fuel system should be checked for any signs of corrosion or leaks. It is essential to inspect the fuel pressure regulator and injectors for proper operation.
15. Inspect the transmission system for any signs of wear or damage:
The transmission system should be inspected for any signs of wear or damage. This includes checking the fluid levels, inspecting the hoses and connectors, and ensuring that all components are functioning correctly.
16. Verify that all belts and hoses are in good condition:
All belts and hoses should be inspected for signs of wear or damage. Belts should be free from any cracks, tears, or fraying and all hoses should be securely connected with no leaks present.
17. Test the vehicle’s cooling system to ensure it is functioning properly:
The cooling system should be tested to make sure that it is working properly. This includes checking the radiator, coolant hoses, water pump, and thermostat for any signs of wear or damage.