Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

Looking to buy a used car? Then a thorough pre-purchase inspection is important. It takes more than just a quick look to make sure you get your money’s worth. Aarya Auto  will perform the details of a comprehensive car inspection checklist.

General Data

The first step in car inspection is gathering general data. This helps you especially when comparing multiple vehicles. Data includes:

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Make, year, model


Engine cylinders, size, and type

Exterior Inspection

Body – looks for scratches, dents, and dings. Look at paint scuffing and overall condition. Carefully inspect the front, hood, bumpers, doors, rear, roof, trim and quarter panels. Use a flashlight to look under the wheel well. Body killing rust often starts there in the darkness.

Glass – looks for cracks, chips, or discoloration. Check the windshield, door windows, rear window and mirrors.

Tires and wheels – look at the wheel and tire tread. Measure tire tread and look for the curb damage.

Wipers – Check the blades and wipers. Make sure they work properly. Check front and rear washers as well.

Interior Inspection

Evidence of smoke odor.

Interior items – check the glove box, air conditioner & heater, hood release, cigarette lighter, headrests, door panels, dash pad, and vanity mirrors.

Gauges – speedometer, tachometer, temperature, oil pressure, and amp meter.

Audio system – test the radio, CD player, and USB port.

Carpet and upholstery – look at front and rear seats, front and rear carpeting, headliner.

Trunk – inspects the carpeting, tools, jack, and spare tire.

Electrical system – test headlights, high beams, tail lights, brake lights, parking lights, turn signals, electric windows, sunroof, and electric seat controls.

Under the hood – look for oil leaks, exhaust leaks, and exhaust smoke.

Under The Hood

Check the all the fluids such as  

Engine oil

Brake oil

Power steering oil

Clutch oil gear oil and coolant,filters




A/C system


Oil leaks

and other damages.

Road Test

Brake system – noise, vibration, effort; parking brake operation
Suspension – performance, noise, rough road test
Idling noise
Engine or acceleration noise
Wind noise
Starting ease or noise
Steering – effort, drifting
Transmission – shifts quality, smoothness, effort, slippage, or noise
Engine operating temperature and performance
Transaxle noise
CV joint or drive axle noise

Computerized Inspection

Diagnose all the control units Such as Engine, transmission, airbag, ABS, body control, A/C control, sensors and electronic devices etc.

Chassis and suspension

Farme rail and sub frame
Body bushings
Exhaust system
Powertrain system
Axles and propeller shaft
Shocks,struts and springs
Steering system
Control arms and trailing arms
All mountings

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