Used Car Shopping Inspection Checklist

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What’s Included with a Used Vehicle Inspection?

Most respectable dealerships utilize a used car inspection checklist before any car is allowed to be listed on its stock of vehicle inventory. This is a rigorous review of all major and minor vehicle systems. The inspection includes many explicit items and criteria that typically vary from one car lot to the next. This ensures that every used car is in great condition. Many, if not all, components fall into three main categories: service, mechanical, and electrical. Review all that’s needed for a used car inspection.

Mechanical Review

Mechanical Check

From DSG transmissions to anti-lock brakes, updated mechanical components are in every function of modern cars and it’s imperative that they’re properly operating to avoid accidents and stay safe. An exhaustive mechanical inspection will likely review these parts and others such as the engine, CVT transmissions, 4WD or 2WD systems, the car battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the vehicle is either a hybrid or an electric vehicle, the drive battery should only be serviced and inspected by a trained professional.

Electric Inspection

Electrical Check

Now more than ever, the heart of today’s vehicles boast complex electronics such as emissions computers, digital gauge clusters, touchscreens, NAV systems, and cameras. So it’s imperative that they pass the same meticulous tests as the mechanical components. A comprehensive inspection of the electronics includes all emergency, internal, and external lighting, as well as digital screens and driving lights. Most critical, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computer systems and any electronically controlled systems, such as the ignition, engine settings, the brakes, blind spot detection, and cell phone systems.

Historical Checks

Historical Vehicle Service Report

A detailed vehicle inspection can highlight any current issues, but it could miss issues that happened in the past. To fully appreciate the actual status of your car we use CarFax and AutoCheck. These vehicle history services can typically bring to light info like oil changes, title problems, previous accidents, warranty service, and mileage inconsistencies. Knowing the entire account of the car, truck, or SUV you’re ready to buy allows you to make the best possible decision.

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Buy, Sell, or Trade at Round Rock Nissan

Round Rock Nissan 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, trucks, SUVs, and minivans near Austin, TX. Our friendly Nissan team is standing by to serve you.

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