Look over the bodywork. Look for paint over-spray on door ledges or around the edges of the engine compartment that might indicate repairs. Make sure seams and door lines are straight and true.
Doors, hoods, trunks, deck lids and locks work properly , release lever operate from the inside?
Open bonnet. Is the engine compartment in perfect shape? Is every dipstick, plastic cover, and wire harness present and properly secured? Check all the fluids are at optimal levels level: transmission, Engine Oil, Coolant, Break oil, Power steering oil, windscreen water and battery water. not a single sign of fluid leakage of any kind. like one sparkplug wire that is a completely different shade of black.
Check the Battery.
Close bonnet. Check bonnet seats in firmly.
Trunk in perfect shape. Petrol Tank cover.
Make sure that spare tire, tire-changing equipment, owner’s manual, plus any unusual items that may
Tires: Where is the spare tire and jack system located? Is the spare properly inflated?
Get in the car.
Note the mileage.
Keys: Do you have more than one set? Is the remote entry working? Open with key.
Is the interior in perfect shape? Carpet, headliner, seats should have no tears, stains, or damage. Do all the seatbelts work? Are the floor mats you ordered in the car?
Windows and Mirrors: no defects (chips, cracks). Wipers, controls, delay systems, rear window?
Driver's Seat: position controls steering wheel positioning, tilt, telescope, lock, horn.
Look in the glove box. Does it open properly? Does it lock?
Now it is time to crank the engine with the bonnet open start the car. Let the car idle for 2 minutes and check for leakages.
Open driver/ passenger door. Door open lamp should glow on the dashboard. On closing the door the door open lamp should go off.
Hand brakes engaged lamp should glow on the dashboard.
Start engine. Battery charging should start and battery indication lamp on the dashboard should now stop glowing.
Headlights (low and high beams), tail lights, emergency flashers, brake lights, backing lights, trunk light, hood light, interior lights (map lights, dome lights, glove box, reading lights, running board lights).
Check left and right turn signals proper operation, and switch positions Do the lights work correctly?
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Special filters? Switch on AC. Check AC for cooling. Check AC cuts in and cuts out in a reasonable time. Similarly check heater and cigarette lighter.
Check the Sound System:
Get in and buckle up.
Ignition System: Does the car start properly?
Listen carefully to engine idle. Does it sound okay?
Look at the tailpipe. Any abnormal smoke or color? Moisture?
Brakes: Do you like the feel of the brake pedal (even and smooth)? How does the parking break work? Does your foot have to be on the brake to shift out of park?
When you put the vehicle into gear, does it sound okay?
Watch the gauges.
Run the air conditioning and heating. Do they appear to work properly?
Check the vehicles acceleration and braking for proper operation.
Can it turn a tight U-turn? Does it make any strange noises? Make right and left turns.
Battery not charging glow lamp should not come on.
Check operation of windscreen spray and vipers.
Check operation of horn.
After the spin
Open the hood and have a look. Any new fluid leaks? radiator cap oil and transmission levels yourself. Take a quick peek under the vehicle and make sure there are no fluids dripping on the pavement.
Service Department: Does the dealership have a free check up? What period of operation does it cover?
Do you have a business card for each of the dealership personnel you've worked with?
Ask to be shown the internal PDI Certificate for the chosen piece. Check Chassis number and Engine number of car matches with the Invoice and or Chalaan.
Check the car manufacturing month/year.
Check the Chassis number and Engine number are properly endorsed in the Registration papers and Insurance Papers.
Collect warranty card of the car. Check warranty details are properly endorsed and ensure that all free service coupons are in date.
Collect warranty cards of battery and all accessories.
Check all papers once again. Ensure that invoice, sale certificate, receipt, Registration, Warranty card, Battery warranty card and warranty card of accessories are in your possession.
Check out from the Owners Handbook what all items are FOC with the Car, such as Stephney, Toolkit (# of pieces), and Jack/Handle and spare fuses/lamps, First Aid Kit etc.
If opted for additional warranty (on payment of specified price) ensures that car details are endorsed correctly in the additional warranty.
Ensure/Demand that the Car has at least 5 liter of Petrol in it, as is provided for by the OEM.
In case of extended warranty check its coverage and deductibles. Also check whether this warranty is transferable to anew owner while this warranty isstill in force.
Get all promises and commitment from the dealership in writing.