PREP for Inspection-
- VIN Lookup prior
- CarFax Lookup
prior to inspection.
- Take a Camera
- Take a flashlight
- Take a checklist
EXTERIOR WALK AROUND
is the paint condition? Is it original paint?
Check paint for uniformity and finish throughout the whole car.
the car been in any accidents? Any repair/repaint work done on the car?
unmatched painted surfaces? Ask owner.
scratches, dents, bumper crinkles?
loose, cracking or missing black rubber? Is the rubber black?
missing or deteriorated chrome or metal trims? Look good!
down the sides of the car, around the battery area, and under the rear by the muffler to see if all the metal looks straight.
exterior mirrors not dented or mirror distorted, stained or tarnished?
on all 4 corners to see if the shocks are still shocking. Look at the front and rear bumper shocks if appropriate...are they
REAL close to the body-"like collapsed?
10) Open the back
trunk and check rain gutters for rust and debris. Is the paint and the rubber
in good condition?
DOORS, WINDOWS & ROOF HATCH:
is the door seals condition? Cracking?
soft/pliable or hard/brittle?
is the window rubber condition? soft/pliable or hard/brittle?
3) Is the glass clear? Any visible wiper blade damage to the front
cracked glass or cracked window rubber?
is the condition of the the sunroof seals? Any cracks or leaks (check the headliner)
all the doors and hatches close effortlessly? (Without having to slam the door)
of the door jambs? Chrome still silver & shiny?
1) Under the
car, wheel wells, bottom of doors, top of door hinges, sun roof, any bubbles near the bottom of any body panel, rear light
wells, trunk and hood channels, roof rain gutters
on the exhaust system/pipes
at the battery tray (trunk for M6) Can you catch the date on the battery?
WHEELS & TIRES:
got the TRX 14" wheels or been upgraded to 16" or more aftermarket?
is the condition of the wheels? Any curb rash? Dents? Scratches?
the wheels require hub-centric rings? Spacers?
larger wheels and you can see through them? Are there bigger rotors on the front
than on the back? Are they a staggered set-up?
type/size is the spare in the car?
type/size tires on the car?
much wear on the tires?
INSIDE THE CAR
is the condition of the front dash, back dash and other vinyl wear?
of the interior door panels and back seat panels? Any stains or dash cracks?
is the condition of the front leather seats and rear leather seats?
all the leather seats matching? Leather seats match the interior leather panels?
all the leather door panels securely in-place? (not loose from being taken off)
is the condition of the rear POD speaker covers? Any curling and or sun damage?
missing switches, parts or broken panels or levers?
is the condition of the interior flooring panels and covers.
the headliners still tight? Any stains around the sun roof hatch?
IN THE DRIVERS SEAT:
seats are manual or electric type? Do all the levers and buttons work?
the AC motor kick in when you push the AC button?
go up and down smoothly when radio switched on/off?
lights work on low beam?
lights all flash?
lights work? Lights work when door opens?
the top left button on the OBC (On Board Computer) to the right of the radio. Should tell the outside temp. Wait about 5 seconds
and the time should come back onthen hit the next button down should tell you about what gas mileage its been getting lately.
the other side of the steering wheel find the check panel. Touch the very bottom button and see if all the lights light up.
Any little red lights stare at you after you've started the car and tapped the brakes?
10) All the windows
and mirror buttons work and their motors whirl properly? Window glass fit tight against the rubber?
11) How about all
the seat buttons including the headrest? Seat backs go back the same distance and angle at the same time? Seats go forward
and backwards very smoothly?
12) How far up
does the emergency brake handle go up...more than 8 clicks?
13) Rear speaker
covers still formed fitted or lifting at the edges?
14) Front dash
have any cracks up front?
15) Sunroof smoothly
operate in both modes.does the middle top of the SR have any scratches from a bad adjustment?
16) All three air
levers move back and forth with only a little resistance. At speed, air come in strong with the levers all the way to the
right? Turn blower knob full CW, move middle lever to far left, and turn the temp knob all the way CW, heat everywhere? Turn
temp knob back full CCW and hit AC button - freezing?
17) With the windshield
wipers on momentary (lowest) do the wipers move smoothly or jerk. While your hand is down at that lever - take hold of the
next one down and see if the speed control lever is loose.
18) Central locking
works all around the car - including the gas door? Driver's door lock works in 2 positions CW while passenger in only one.
Any tools in the tool kit in the trunk lid? Got a spare tire that matches the size of the 4 on the ground? Jack in the left
side trunk pocket?
UNDER THE HOOD:
Is the engine bay clean? Hood pad intact? Any missing covers?
Are the relays metal type or been replaced with the newer plastic ones.
Are all the hoses looking good - or cracked or swollen?
4) Are the 2 sensors in the top right of the radiator white and red (stock)- or gray and white (best)?
5) Any there any fluid leaks or oil weeping, transmission leaks? Check the ground under the car?
6) Are the hood shocks still able to hold the hood upright?
7) Check valve springs, chains and guides for rattling or looseness (Ask owner if any work done)
When was the last oil change?
9) Power steering box leaking? Common
area to leak.
10)Check the fuse box and fuses. All there?
engine starts quickly - warms up with little hesitation, no smoke of any color out the back. Normal
small shaking at idle but goes away immediately when the gas is applied with no hesitation all the way to redline.
the cockpit. Does the temperature knob have a little resistance or does it either
spin merrily or not move at all?
the brakes at over 30mph. Any shimmy? When you do hit the brakes. do you need to throw out an anchor to stop for the first
couple seconds? (brake bomb). Uneven rotor wear may also cause shaking at brake.
manual, can you make spaghetti with the shifter or is it tight and crisp? Car jerk when you take off in first? - and it's
not your technique!
the temp gauge, does the temp needle stay around the middle or wander over to the way far right with the car warmed up and
Speedometer and Odometer working properly?
FOR THE MECHANIC:
1) Any hard clicking from the rear of the cam cover? Have mechanic check for cam wear. Check front bushing
wear, and O2..if O2 is good, then most likely the engine is sound IF the cam is also quiet. Have a look under the car with
him/her. What's leaking/weeping? Any rust spots? What's the number on the rear diff (look for LS) and model number off the
tranny? Motor and diff mounting rubber OK? See black gummy stuff in the bottom generator pivot.