Free Used Car
Inspection Checklist

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Prefer to inspect the vehicle yourself? Here is a basic used car inspection checklist to help you get started.

Item Checked Inspection Item
Brakes
What is the brake pad thickness, front and rear?
Are the rotors rusted or warped?
Do the brakes squeal or produce loud noises?
Does the vehicle come to an immediate stop?
Do the brake pedals vibrate?
Engine
Does the engine make any strange noises?
Does the engine emit any odors?
Do the spark plugs need replacing?
Are there any visible oil or fluid leaks when the vehicle is on or off?
Is the exhaust system, including catalytic converter, in good working order?

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Wheels
What is the tire tread depth, front and rear?
Is the tread evenly worn?
Are the tires inflated to the proper PSI?
Are the rims warped?
Are the rims damaged or show areas of penetration to the tire?
Interior
Are there any dashboard warning lights on?
Do all the power controls, including windows and seats, work?
Does the heat and air conditioner work?
Do all the gauges work?
Does the entertainment system work?
Exterior
Is there any body damage?
Are there any rust spots, including underneath the vehicle and around door and truck crevices?
Are there any cracks in the windshield or windows?
Do all the doors, trunk and hood open and close properly?
Do the headlights, tail lights, and directional lights work?
Test Drive
Does the vehicle hesitate when accelerating or idle at a high RPM?
Does the vehicle pull to the left or right?
What is the operating temperature?
Does the transmission shift smoothly?
Does the vehicle vibrate at high or low speeds?

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