How to Inspect a Used Car Before You Buy

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What Does a Pre-Owned Car or Truck Inspection Include?

It’s expected practice for auto dealerships to use a pre-owned car inspection checklist before any car or truck is allowed to be listed on the stock of used vehicle inventory. This is a rigorous, multi-point check of all major and minor systems. An inspection includes many highly detailed and particular items and criteria that may differ from dealer to dealer. This is to make sure each used car is in acceptable condition. Most, if not all, components can typically be put into three essential buckets: service, mechanical, and electrical. Learn what is required to conduct a used vehicle inspection checklist.

Mechanical Check

Mechanical Check

From DSG transmissions to anti-lock brakes, updated mechanical components control every area of modern cars and it is imperative that they are properly functioning to avoid accidents and costly repairs. A comprehensive inspection can review these items and others like engine components, CVT transmissions, drive systems, the car battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (hoses and the radiator). If the vehicle is either a hybrid or an electric vehicle, the drive battery may only be serviced and inspected by a trained professional.

Electric Checks

Electric Checks

More than ever before, modern vehicles feature electronics like emissions computers, dashboards, touchscreen radios, navigation systems, and safety cameras. So it’s imperative that they pass the same uncompromising tests as the mechanical components. A meticulous electrical inspection includes all emergency, internal, and external lighting, as well as digital displays and running lights. Most necessary, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computer systems and any other systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine settings, the brakes, blind spot detection, and mobile phone integration.

Vehicle Service Inspection

Report of Vehicle History

A detailed vehicle inspection can uncover any known issues, but it might miss issues that happened in the past. To fully understand the life of your car we partner with vehicle history sources such as AutoCheck and CarFax. These vehicle history services typically highlight info such as warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, title problems, and previous accidents. Recognizing the whole account of the car, truck, or SUV you’re about to purchase lets you make the best decision you can.

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Buy, Sell, or Trade at Gene Messer Volkswagen

Gene Messer Volkswagen invites you to buy, sell, or trade with us, online or in-person. Our pre-owned vehicle inspections are rigorous and our vehicles are guaranteed for quality. Experience a real difference in car-buying. Visit us today for a great selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned cars and SUVs in Lubbock, TX. Our friendly Volkswagen team is standing by to serve you.

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