1. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is present and legible
The Vehicle Identification Number is a unique 17-digit code that identifies your car. It is usually located on the dashboard or the driver's side door jamb. Make sure it is legible and has not been obscured by stickers or paint.
2. Registration sticker is current and valid
The registration sticker shows that your vehicle has been registered with the state and is up-to-date. Make sure it is current and has not expired.
3. Tires are properly inflated and have no visible damage
Checking the inflation pressure of your tires is one of the most important things you can do to keep them in good condition. Use a good quality air pump to ensure they are properly inflated, and look for any signs of damage such as cuts, bulges, or tread wear.
4. Wheels are securely attached and balanced
Make sure the lug nuts on your wheels are tight and that the wheels are properly balanced. This will help to prevent uneven wear on the tires and improve your car's handling.
5. Exterior lights are functioning correctly
Make sure all of your exterior lights are working correctly, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights. If any of them are not working, get them fixed as soon as possible.
6. Windshield is free of cracks or other major damage
A cracked windshield can not only be dangerous, but can also lead to an automatic fail during an inspection. Inspect the windshield for any signs of damage and get it fixed as soon as possible if you find any problems.
7. Steering mechanism is in good condition and tightens properly
The steering mechanism should be in good condition with no excessive play in the wheel. Make sure it tightens properly when you turn the wheel from side to side.
8. Suspension is in good condition, with no excessive wear or rattling noises
Check for excessive wear on suspension components such as shocks, struts, and springs, and listen for any rattling noises that could indicate a problem. If you find anything wrong, have it repaired as soon as possible.
9. Brakes are working correctly and have sufficient stopping power
Make sure your brakes are working properly by applying pressure at different points on the pedal. There should be a gradual increase in resistance as you press down on it, until it finally locks up at the end. The brakes should also have enough stopping power to bring the car to a stop in a reasonable distance.
10. Fuel system is leak-free and properly secured
Make sure there are no leaks in your fuel system, and that all fuel lines and connections are securely fastened. This will help to prevent fires and other accidents.