Brief Vehicle Inspection Map

The following list represents our map of checks that is used as a basic approach to inspecting a vehicle. However, due attention is paid to each and every matter.

The amount, scope and depth of checks depend on the inspection package you choose.

BODYWORK

Aesthetics

  • Front end
  • Offside
  • Nearside
  • Rear end
  • Roof
  • Side skirts
  • Bumpers
  • Glazing
  • Lights
  • Side mirrors
  • Wheels

Damage

  • Number of resprayed panels
  • Coating thickness
  • Door jambs & roof pillars
  • Engine bay
  • Structural damage
  • Boot area & compartments
  • Wheel arches
  • Door sills & visible underbody
  • Evidence of panel removal
  • Wheels position [visually]
  • Panel gaps [visually]

Interior

  • Front seats
  • Front seat adjustments
  • Rear seats
  • Rear seat adjustments
  • Front door cards (inner trim)
  • Rear door cards (inner trim)
  • Front seat backs
  • Pillar trim
  • Roof lining
  • Dashboard
  • Floor carpet
  • Inlays
  • Instrument cluster
  • Infotainment system
  • Gear knob
  • HVAC controls
  • Steering wheel
  • Footwells & pedals
  • Airbag areas
  • Seatbelts & tags
  • Evidence of repairs

Technical

  • Engine (visual check; noise)
  • Fluid levels & condition
  • Gearbox (visual check)
  • Drivetrain
  • Suspension
  • Steering
  • Braking system
  • Brake discs & pads residual thickness
  • Electrics & Electronics
  • HVAC
  • Wheels & Tyres
  • Tyre tread
  • Tyre age
  • Tyre wear pattern

Diagnostic work

Fault codes in Control Units

  • Engine
  • Gearbox
  • Other control units

Critical live data

  • Fuel trims [Short/Long]
  • Camshaft position adaptation
  • Camchain wear
  • Engine roughness values
  • Fuel injection corrections
  • Misfiring
  • Gearbox pressure correction values
  • Gearbox fill time correction values
  • Distance since faults last cleared
  • Launch-controlled starts counter
  • Air flow values

Mileage consistency

  • Odometer reading
  • Indirect signs of mileage correction
  • Mileage stamps in control units
  • Service history
  • MOT history
  • Next service due date & mileage

Road test

  • Low speeds & loads
  • High speeds & loads
  • Variable loads
  • Suspension performance & geometry

Paperwork

VIN match:

  • VIN stamped on frame
  • Manufacturer’s VIN markings
  • VIN stored in control units
  • VIN in V5C logbook

Databases:

  • HPI
  • Experian
  • PNC [Police register of stolen vehicles]
  • Outstanding finance
  • Third-party interest

Service history

  • Consistency
  • Service intervals

V5C logbook

  • Ownership history
  • Recorded damage & Insurance write-off category
  • Import markers

Keys

  • Number of keys
  • Keys check
  • Number of initialised keys

Further recommended tests

  • Examination on a ramp
  • Extended road test
  • Spark plugs examination
  • Compression test
  • Cylinder endoscopy
  • Intake leak test
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