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Used Car Buying Inspection Checklist

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What Is Included on a Used Car or Truck Inspection Checklist?

Typically, an auto dealer will include a used vehicle inspection checklist before any vehicle is allowed to be listed on its used vehicle inventory. This is a rigorous, multi-point review of all minor and major automotive systems. The checklist includes many highly detailed and particular items which may differ from store to store. This makes certain every used car or truck is in acceptable condition. Many, if not all, of the elements fall into 3 main categories: service, mechanical, and electrical. Review what is required for a checklist for a used car inspection.

Mechanical Review

Mechanical Check

From DSG transmissions to the brakes, modern mechanical car parts control every aspect of today’s vehicles and it’s imperative that they are operating properly to avoid accidents and stay safe. A complete inspection will likely cover these parts and others like engine components, CVT transmissions, drive systems, the car battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the car is either a hybrid or an EV, the drive battery may only be inspected and serviced by a professional.

Electric Check

Electrical Checks

Now more than ever, the heart of modern vehicles have electrical systems such as engine computers, gauge clusters, touchscreens, navigation systems, and cameras. So it is crucial that they pass the same uncompromising tests as the mechanical components. A rigorous inspection of the electronics includes all external, internal, and emergency lighting, as well as digital displays and driving lights. Most necessary, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computer systems and any additional electronically controlled systems, such as the ignition, engine performance settings, braking systems, blind spot detection, and mobile phone integration.

Historical Inspection

Historical Service Report

A comprehensive inspection can expose any known concerns, but it might miss issues that happened in the past. To fully appreciate the life of your car we use AutoCheck or CarFax. These services display the full history of a car and can typically highlight information like title problems, previous accidents, warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, and even oil changes. Knowing the full history of the car or truck you’re wanting to purchase allows you to make the best possible decision.

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Lexus of Santa Fe 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 luxury cars and SUVs in Santa Fe, NM. Our friendly Lexus team is standing by to serve you.

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