Used Car Inspection Checklist

Buying a used car? Here’s our rigorous 250 Point Used Car Inspection Checklist – absolutely free of cost.

Caution: What’s not in the checklist, is the test procedure for each checklist item, which requires specialised technical expertise. Of course, if you’re in Bangalore, you want to leave this daunting task to us for complete peace of mind (Book Now). If you live in other cities or towns, we recommend you take the help of a trusted mechanic.

RC / Insurance / Owner’s Manual 

  1. Registration Certificate Missing?
  2. Chassis Number on RC and Vehicle Different?
  3. Unexpired Insurance Missing?
  4. Insurance – No Claim Bonus Zero?
  5. Owner’s Manual Missing?

Interior 

  1. Fuel Door Release Faulty?
  2. Hood Release Faulty?
  3. Boot Release Faulty?
  4. Airbag lamp On (Engine On)?
  5. Tilt/Telescoping Steering Operation Faulty?
  6. Steering Wheel Buttons Faulty?
  7. Horn Pad / Horn Sound Problem Detected?
  8. Front and Rear Wipers – Combination Switch Faulty?
  9. Front and Rear Wipers Not Cleaning Well?
  10. Windshield Washer Faulty?
  11. Instrument Panel Faulty?
  12. Warning Lights On (Engine On)?
  13. Warning Chimes / Beeps Audible?
  14. Heating System Faulty?
  15. Front Defogger Faulty?
  16. Clock Faulty?
  17. FM Radio Faulty?
  18. Any of the 4 Speakers Faulty?
  19. Lighter/Power Outlet(s) Faulty?
  20. Any Interior Roof Light Faulty?
  21. Roof Light Not Working With Any Of The Doors?
  22. Glove Box Faulty?
  23. Glove Box Light Faulty?
  24. Center Console Faulty?
  25. Sun Visors Faulty?
  26. Sun Visors Lights Faulty?
  27. Vanity Mirrors Faulty?
  28. Inside Rear View Mirror Faulty?
  29. Armrests Faulty?
  30. Outside Mirror Operation/Controls Faulty?
  31. Door Locks (Manual) Faulty?
  32. Door Locks (Automatic) Faulty?
  33. Child Locks Faulty?
  34. Power / Manual Window Controls Faulty?
  35. Door Handles Faulty?
  36. Heated/Cooled Seats Faulty?
  37. Seats Faulty?
  38. Seat Belt Buckles Faulty?
  39. Seat Controls Faulty?
  40. Headrest Faulty?
  41. Seat Belts Faulty?
  42. Roof Fabric Torn / Sagging / Stained?
  43. Carpet Stained / Torn / Loose / Burnt?
  44. Floor Mats Damaged or Missing?
  45. Interior Trim Stained / Damaged / Loose? 
  46. Door Panels Stained / Damaged / Loose?
  47. Boot Damaged or Dirty?
  48. Boot Carpet Stained / Torn / Loose / Burnt?
  49. Boot Luggage Net Damaged?
  50. Boot Lamp Faulty?
  51. Jack and Tool Kit Missing / Incomplete? 
  52. Steering Wheel Faulty?
  53. Steering Column Noise Detected? (Engine On)
  54. Gear Knob Faulty?
  55. Start / Stop Button Faulty?
  56. Ignition Key Barrel Faulty?
  57. Tailgate Shocks / Dampers Faulty?
  58. Fuel / Oil / Burning Smell Inside Cabin? 
  59. A/C – Refrigerant Leakage Suspected?
  60. A/C – Cut On (3 Deg) and Cut Off (9 Deg) – Faulty?
  61. A/C – Any Vent Damaged / Missing?
  62. A/C – Abnormal Interior Noise?
  63. A/C – Abnormal Blower Noise In Any Speed?
  64. A/C – Any Manual Position Mode Faulty?
  65. A/C – Any Automatic Position Mode Faulty?
  66. Rear Window Defogger Faulty?
  67. A/C – Fully Automatic Temperature Control Faulty? 
  68. Cluster Lamp Faulty?
  69. Tripmeter Button Faulty?
  70. Tripmeter Display Faulty? 
  71. Speedometer Faulty?
  72. Door Open Warning Lamp – Faulty (Any Door)?
  73. Tachometer Faulty?
  74. Information Screen Faulty?
  75. Hand Brake Warning Lamp Faulty?
  76. Headlamp Levelling Switch Or Operation Faulty?
  77. Audio System CD Mode Faulty?
  78. Audio System USB Mode Faulty? 
  79. Audio System Bluetooth Mode Faulty?
  80. Audio System AUX-IN Mode Faulty?
  81. Audio System Bluetooth Pairing Faulty?
  82. Bluetooth Hands Free System Faulty? 
  83. Central Locking Faulty?
  84. One Touch Window Up / Down Faulty? 
  85. Interior – Aftermarket Modifications Detected?
  86. Rattles Audible Inside Cabin?

Exterior 

  1. Major Accident Apparent?
  2. Windshield Cracked / Wiper Marks / Needs Replacement?
  3. Wiper Blades / Wiper Rubber Worn Out?
  4. Window Glasses Faulty?
  5. Rear Window Glass Damaged?
  6. Outer Rear View Mirrors Damaged?
  7. Head Lights High Beam Faulty?
  8. Head Lights Projector / Low Beam Faulty?
  9. Parking Lights Faulty?
  10. Indicators / Turn Signals Faulty?
  11. Taillights Faulty?
  12. Brake Lights Faulty?
  13. Number Plate Lights Faulty?
  14. Reverse Lights Faulty?
  15. Fog Lights Faulty?
  16. Daytime Running Lights Faulty?
  17. Side Marker Lights Faulty?
  18. Front Bumper Damaged?
  19. Grille Damaged?
  20. Hood Damaged?
  21. Rear Bumper Damaged?
  22. Rear Hatch / Boot Damaged?
  23. Left Front Fender Damaged?
  24. Left Front Door Damaged?
  25. Left Rear Fender Damaged?
  26. Left Rear Door Damaged?
  27. Right Rear Fender Damaged?
  28. Right Rear Door Damaged?
  29. Right Front Fender Damaged?
  30. Right Front Door Damaged?
  31. Roof Damaged?
  32. Roof Rack Damaged?
  33. Exterior Trims / Plastics Damaged?
  34. Fuel Door Damaged?
  35. Headlamps Misaligned?
  36. Paint – Problems Detected?
  37. Remote Locking Faulty?
  38. Automatic Windows Roll Up Faulty?
  39. Running Boards – Both Sides – Scratched / Dented?
  40. Front Bumper – Problems Detected?
  41. Bonnet (Hood) – Problems Detected?
  42. Front Right Fender – Problems Detected?
  43. Front Right Door – Problems Detected?
  44. Rear Right Door – Problems Detected?
  45. Rear Right Quarter Panel – Problems Detected?
  46. Rear Bumper – Problems Detected?
  47. Rear Left Quarter Panel – Problems Detected?
  48. Rear Left Door – Problems Detected?
  49. Front Left Door – Problems Detected?
  50. Front Left Fender – Problems Detected?
  51. Bonnet (Hood) Closing and Locking Faulty?
  52. Bonnet (Hood) Stay or Shocks Faulty?
  53. Fuel Cap Tight Closure Faulty?
  54. Any Mud Flap Missing / Damaged / Loose?
  55. Mirror Mounted Indicators Faulty?
  56. Mirror Mounted Other Lamps Faulty?
  57. Antenna Missing or Faulty?

Tires / Wheels 

  1. All Five Tires – Manufacturer Not Matching?
  2. Wheel Alignment Faulty?
  3. Front Left Tire – Problem Detected?
  4. Rear Left Tire – Problem Detected?
  5. Rear Right Tire – Problem Detected?
  6. Front Right Tire – Problem Detected?
  7. Spare Tire – Problem Detected?
  8. Alloy / Steel Wheels Damaged?
  9. Wheel Nuts – Damaged / Loose / Missing?
  10. Special Locking Nut – Opener Missing?
  11. Low Air Pressure On Any Tire Detected?

Underbody 

  1. Frame – Problem Detected?
  2. Overall Underbody Condition – Problem Detected?
  3. Exhaust System – Problem Detected?
  4. Catalytic Converter – Problem Detected?
  5. Transmission Mounts – Problem Detected?
  6. Transmission – Problem Detected?
  7. Drive Shafts / Differential / Drive Axles – Problem Detected?
  8. Universal Joints/CV Joints/Boots – Problem Detected?
  9. Power Steering – Problem Detected?
  10. Suspension – Problem Detected?
  11. Tie-Rods/Idler Arm – Problem Detected?
  12. Anti-roll bar / Stabilizer Bars – Problem Detected?
  13. Springs – Problem Detected?
  14. Shock Absorbers – Problem Detected?
  15. Lower Arms / Control Arms – Problem Detected?
  16. Ball Joints/Bushings – Problem Detected?
  17. Discs/Drums – Problem Detected?
  18. Calipers – Problem Detected?
  19. Parking Brake – Problem Detected?
  20. Brake Pads – Problem Detected?
  21. Brake Lines/Hoses/Fittings – Problem Detected?
  22. Brake Master Cylinder – Problem Detected?
  23. Front Right Fender Liner Damaged or Missing?
  24. Front Left Fender Liner Damaged or Missing?
  25. Engine Guard Damaged or Missing?
  26. Link Rods – Problem Detected?
  27. Underbody – Suspension Or Any Other Modifications Detected?

Engine Compartment 

  1. Engine Oil – Problem Detected?
  2. Brake Fluid – Problem Detected?
  3. Coolant – Problem Detected?
  4. Power Steering Fluid – Problem Detected?
  5. Clutch Fluid – Problem Detected?
  6. Washer Fluid – Problem Detected?
  7. 4WD Transfer Case Fluid – Problem Detected?
  8. Engine Mounts – Problem Detected?
  9. Overall Engine Condition – Problem Detected?
  10. Engine Belts – Problem Detected?
  11. Engine Hoses/Lines/Fittings – Problem Detected?
  12. Radiator – Problem Detected?
  13. Water Pump – Problem Detected?
  14. Coolant Recovery Tank – Problem Detected?
  15. Coolant Fans/Clutches/Motors – Problem Detected?
  16. Coolant Hoses – Problem Detected?
  17. Wiring – Problem Detected?
  18. Starter Operation – Problem Detected?
  19. Ignition Operation – Problem Detected?
  20. Battery – Problem Detected?
  21. Alternator – Problem Detected?
  22. Air Filter – Problem Detected?
  23. Fuel Filter – Problem Detected?
  24. Fuel Pump – Problem Detected?
  25. Fuel System Operation – Problem Detected?
  26. Engine Cooling System Cut On / Cut Off – Problem Detected?
  27. Clutch Master or Slave Cylinder Leaking?
  28. Automatic Transmission Fluid – Problem Detected?
  29. Abnormal Noise From A/C Compressor?
  30. Abnormal Noise From Alternator?
  31. A/C Pipes Damaged / Faulty?
  32. A/C Condenser Faulty?
  33. Brake Booster Faulty?
  34. Headlamps – Aftermarket Modification Detected?
  35. Horn – Aftermarket Modification Detected?
  36. Engine Compartment – Any Other Aftermarket Modification Detected?
  37. Battery Older Than 3 Years?
  38. Battery Voltage Below 12.5 V? (Engine Off)
  39. Battery Voltage Below 12.5 V (Engine Off)?
  40. Battery Voltage Below 14 V? (Engine On)
  41. Corrosion On Battery Terminals Detected?
  42. Battery Distilled Water Level Low?

Road Test 

  1. Starting – Problem Detected?
  2. Idling – Problem Detected?
  3. Abnormal Engine Noise Detected?
  4. Throttle – Problem Detected?
  5. Accelerating – Problem Detected?
  6. Steering Alignment – Problem Detected?
  7. Cruise Control – Problem Detected?
  8. Braking – Spongyness / Noise / Vibrations Detected?
  9. ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) – Problem Detected?
  10. Body/Suspension – Problem Detected?
  11. Abnormal Black / White Smoke Detected?
  12. OBD Scan – DTC’s Detected?
  13. Clutch Pedal Hard?
  14. Interior Noise Level – Problem Detected?
  15. Abnormal Noise Detected? (Exterior)
  16. Clutch Pedal Sticking To The Floor?
  17. Clutch Worn Out?
  18. Gear Shifting Hard?
  19. Auto Transmission – Shift Shocks Present?
  20. Auto Transmission – Gear Lever Movement Tight?
  21. Vehicle Pulling To One Side? (Without Braking)
  22. Vehicle Pulling To One Side? (During Braking)
  23. Steering – Noise Detected During Turns?
  24. Steering – Hardness Detected?
  25. Steering – Power Steering Pump Noise Detected?
  26. Hand Brake Not Holding The Vehicle?
  27. Hand Brake Lever Travels Beyond 6 Points?