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 vehicle inspection

Wheels and tyres

  • Front right tyre
  • Front left tyre
  • Rear right tyre
  • Rear left tyre
  • Spare wheel condition
  • Alloy wheel condition (if applicable)

Electrical/controls

  • Rear lights/number plate lights
  • Stop lights
  • Starting system/ignition lock
  • Battery voltage
  • Battery charging system
  • Headlights
  • Side light/running lights
  • Indicators/hazard lights
  • Reverse/fog lights
  • Auxiliary lights
  • Panel lights
  • Switches/controls
  • Instrument/controls function
  • Horn
  • Door locking
  • Window/sunroof operation
  • Wipers/washers
  • Headlamp washer/headlamp wiper

Front Suspension & Steering

  • Engine underside leakage
  • Steering joints/ball joints
  • Steering rack
  • Chassis members
  • Power steering
  • Wheels hubs/bearings
  • Road springs
  • Pipes/hoses
  • Shock absorbers (conditions/leaks)
  • Gaiters/boots
  • Sub frames/mountings
  • Suspension arms/mountings
  • Tie bars/anti-roll bars
  • Corrosion – floor/chassis

Body Work Exterior

  • Glass                                                                                     Yes
  • Door locks/operation                                                     Yes
  • Fuel filler cover/petrol cap                                           Yes
  • Body damage                                                                    Yes
  • Past repair evident                                                          Yes
  • Corrosion                                                                            Yes
  • Clutch/transmission – manual                                    Yes

Fluid/oil leaks

  • Hydraulic system
  • Linkage (wear)
  • Casings
  • Mountings
  • Drive shaft assemblies
  • Universal/sliding joints (if visible)
  • Slave cylinder gaiter/boot
  • Prop shaft(s)
  • Bearings/supports

 

Engine compartment

  • Coolant/antifreeze level
  • Coolant leak
  • Radiator/cap
  • Hoses/pipes
  • Drive belts (visible damage)
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Clutch fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Engine oil level
  • External leaks (engine)
  • Engine mountings
  • Cold starting
  • Fast idle (cold)
  • Noise level (cold)
  • Excess fumes/smoke

Rear suspension and underframe

  • Road springs
  • Anti-roll bar
  • Shock absorbers
  • Suspension arms/fixings
  • Location rod/fixings
  • Bumpers stops/gaiters
  • Wheel hubs/bearings
  • Pipes/hoses
  • Sub frames/mountings
  • Chassis members
  • Corrosion – floor/chassis

 

Interior luggage compartment

  • Seat belts
  • Seat mechanism (driver’s seat)
  • Mirror condition – internal
  • Boot/tailgate lock

Fuel system      

  • Tank fixings
  • Fuel lines
  • Breather pipes
  • Evidence of leaks

Exhaust system

  • Operations
  • System condition

Brakes

  • Master cylinder security (if accessible)
  • Fluid leaks
  • Servo/power system
  • Flexible hoses
  • Pipes/connections
  • Discs/pads (visual check)
  • Hand/parking brake operation/adjustments
  • Hand/parking brake linkage

Road test

  • Overheating evidence
  • Gearbox operation/noise level
  • Accelerator pedal/cable adjustment (unless digital)
  • Brake servo/power system
  • Brake pedal/linkage
  • Final drive operation/noise level
  • Engine – performance
  • Engine – noise
  • Excess smoke
  • Clutch pedal/cable adjustment
  • Clutch operation
  • Instrument/controls function
  • General steering/handling
  • Footbrake operation
  • Hand/parking brake operation
  • Suspension noise
  • Turbo/super charger operation
  • Road holding/stability
  • Warning lights
  • Cruise control

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