AA Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist

 

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Body Exterior Comprehensive Basic
Panel condition/alignment yes no
Paintwork yes no
Exterior trim yes no
Glass yes yes
Bumpers and number plates yes no
Door locks yes yes
Fuel Filler cover/cap yes yes
Soft top operation yes no
Body damage yes yes
Corrosion yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no
Mud Flaps yes yes
Bonnet catch yes yes
Bonnet Hinges yes yes
Body load space condition no no
 

Engine Compartment

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Coolant level/Condition yes yes
Coolant Leaks yes yes
Anti-Freeze yes yes
Radiator/Cap yes yes
Hoses/Pipes yes yes
Drive Belts yes yes
Water Pump yes yes
Power Steering (oil level) yes yes
Clutch Fluid yes yes
Brake Fluid yes yes
Engine Oil level yes yes
External Leaks (Upper engine) yes yes
Engine Mountings yes yes
Carburettor/Fuel Injection yes yes
Turbo/Supercharger yes yes
Fuel Pump/Pipes yes yes
Accelerator Links yes yes
Cold starting yes yes
Fast Idle (cold) yes yes
Noise Level (cold) yes yes
Excess Fumes/Smoke yes yes
 

Electrical Controls

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Starting Systems/Ignition lock yes yes
Battery Condition yes yes
Battery Voltages yes yes
Headlights yes yes
Sidelights yes yes
Rear lights yes yes
Stop Lights yes yes
Indicators/Hazard lights yes yes
Reverse/Fog lights yes yes
Auxiliary Lights yes yes
Interior/Panel lights yes yes
Mirrors (electric) yes yes
Controls/switches yes yes
Instruments yes yes
Horn yes yes
Radio Aerial yes no
Heater/Fan controls yes no
Air Con operation yes no
Windows/sun roof yes yes
Wipers/washers yes yes
Headlamp wash/wipe yes yes
 

Interior/Luggage Compartment

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Steering wheel alignment/Adjustment yes no
Seat Upholstery yes no
Seat adjustment yes yes
Seat belts yes yes
Carpets yes no
Door trims panels yes no
Door fittings/Operations yes no
Door Seals/Hinges yes no
Interior sills yes no
Headlining/Visors yes no
Sun Roof yes no
Dash panel (condition) yes no
Cigarette Lighter yes no
Mirrors (internal) yes yes
Rear Parcel shelf yes yes
Boot/Tailgate lock yes yes
Luggage area trim condition yes no
Illumination light yes no
Tool kit yes no
Soft top (condition) yes no
Tonneau cover yes no
 

Front Suspension/Steering/Under frame

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Engine underside leakage yes yes
Steering joints/ball joints yes yes
Steering box/rack yes yes
Chassis members yes yes
Power Steering (operation) yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes
Springs/suspension units yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes
Dampers (condition/leaks) yes yes
Gaiters yes yes
Sub frames mountings yes yes
Suspension arms/mounts yes yes
Tie bars/anti-roll bars yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes
 

Rear suspension/Under Frame

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Springs/suspension bars yes yes
Anti-roll bar yes yes
Dampers/bushes yes yes
Suspension arms/fixings yes yes
Location rods/fixings yes yes
Bump stops/gaiters yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes
Sub frames/mountings yes yes
Chassis members yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes
 

Clutch/Transmission

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Fluid/oil leaks yes yes
Cables/Adjustments yes yes
Hydraulic system yes yes
Linkage (wear) yes yes
Casings yes yes
Mountings yes yes
Drive shaft assembly yes yes
Universal/sliding Joints yes yes
Backlash yes yes
Gaiters yes yes
Prop shaft(s) yes yes
Bearings/supports yes yes
 

Exhaust System

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Manifold yes yes
Pipes yes yes
Silencer(s) Catalyst yes yes
Heat shields/Mountings yes yes
Joints/couplings yes yes
System condition yes yes
 

Fuel System

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Tank yes yes
Tank Fixings yes yes
Fuel lines yes yes
Breather pipes yes yes
Evidence of leaks yes yes
 

Brakes

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Master cylinder security yes yes
Fluid Leaks yes yes
Servo/power system yes yes
Flexible hoses yes yes
Pipes/connections yes yes
Discs/pads (if visible) yes yes
H/Brake/operation adjustment yes yes
H/Brake linkage yes yes
Pedal/linkage yes yes
 

Wheels and Tyres

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Wheel Rims yes yes
Wheel Trims yes yes
Right front tyre yes yes
Left front tyre yes yes
Right rear tyre yes yes
Left rear tyre yes yes
Spare tyre yes yes
 

Road Test

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Distance covered where possible 10 miles 5 miles
Final drive operation/noise yes yes
Gearbox operation/noise yes yes
Engine performance yes yes
Engine noise yes yes
Excess smoke yes yes
Overheating evidence yes yes
Auto changes/kick down yes yes
Instruments/controls operation yes yes
Steering wheel alignment yes yes
Clutch operation yes yes
4WD operation yes no
Cooling fan operation yes yes
Steering effort yes yes
Hot restart yes yes
Road holding/stability yes yes
General steering/handling yes yes
Foot brake operation yes yes
H/Brake operation yes yes
Suspension noise yes yes
Warning Lights yes yes
 

Final Check

 

Comprehensive

 

Basic

Uneven tyre wear yes yes
Oil leaks yes yes
Coolant leaks yes yes

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