Mobile Mechanic Used Vehicle Inspection List
Shhhh.  This is a secret, but here is the used vehicle inspection checklist.  Seek a qualified mechanic when you need assistance!

This list covers most everything that we look for, but there are other items that will be looked over while performing the inspection.   This is more of an outline as to common issues known to look for.  Please insure the individual is a qualified mechanic who can make accurate judgements as to the conditions of everything to insure you get a worthwhile inspection.  When used properly, our consultation can help insure you get a reliable vehicle rather than purchasing somebody else’s problems.   

During our certified inspection, a technician will cover the following:

This first portion will be strictly mechanical - before we test drive.

  • Spark Plug Wires / Coils
  • Electrical Wires (visual examination)
  • Cooling Fan(s)
  • Radiator
  • A/C Condensor
  • Vacuum Hoses
  • Brake Booster
  • PCV Hoses
  • Throttle Body Cables
  • Valve Cover Gaskets
  • Pull one Plug and Wire
  • Belt(s)
  • Pulley’s
  • A/C Compressor
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Engine Oil (level and quality)
  • Brake Fluid (level and color)
  • Power Steering Fluid (level and color)
  • Battery Age / Right Type?
  • Battery Terminal Condition
  • Run Engine and Listen
  • Test Alternator under load
  • Rev Engine through all speeds - listen
  • Scan OBD
  • Power Brake and listen for noises
  • Check exhaust for smoke
  • Heat up engine, run heater, feel for thermostat opening
  • Lift vehicle and do a brief inspection for oil leakage, or anything such as;
    -Frame Damage
    -Bad Bushings
    -Torn CV Axles / Leaking Differential
  • Check all Lug Nuts, Tire Tread and Pressure, and Brake Rotor Conditions
  • Check for spare tire / jack equipment
  • Check fuel door and gas cap

    Clean your hands if necessary.

This next portion we inspect inside and test drive.

  • Operation and quality of brake lights, turn signals, headlamps, night lights, & fog lamps
  • Heater / A/C / Defroster (front and back)
  • Air Conditioning Vent Doors
  • Fan Controls - Auto Climate Control
  • Console lights / interior dome lights
  • Power windows / window lock / door locks
  • Power seats / Power mirrors
  • GPS / Navigation system (if present)
  • Glove Box / Driver Manual  / Center Console
  • Power Plugs
  • Horn
  • Stereo
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Clock
  • Seat belts
  • Sunroof (if present)
  • Any dash lights on?

    Now to Drive
  • Check operation of all gears
  • Emergency brake
  • Power Steering (play - noises?)
  • Take up to highway speed and listen for
    noises and vibrations
  • Check release of turn signal while turning
  • Attempt to engage ABS - feel the brakes
  • Test e-brake while moving
  • Check for odometer change
  • Run one hard acceleration for transmission issues (slipping, hard shifting, etc...)

Do one last walk around inspection to look for nicks, dings, chipped glass, scratched window tint, headlight or brake lens damage.  Also lift the hood to look for any fresh oil leaks possibly washed out, or possibly any smoking.