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. Perfection Auto Garage will perform the details of a comprehensive car inspection checklist.


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
    • Mileage
    • Engine cylinders, size, and type


    • 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.


    • 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.


Check the all the fluids such as :

    • Engine oil
    • Brake oil
    • Power steering oil
    • Clutch oil gear oil and coolant,filters
    • Hoses
    • Pipes
    • Alternator
    • A/C system
    • Belts
    • Oil leaks
    • and other damages.


    • Brake system – noise, vibration, effort; parking brake operation
    • Suspension – performance, noise, rough road test
    • Idling noise
    • Engine or acceleration noise
    • Horn
    • 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


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


  • 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