Pre-Purchase vehicle inspection

Pre-Purchase Vehicle Inspection

Looking to buy a used car? Then a thorough pre-purchase inspection is important. It takes more than just a quick look to make sure you get your money’s worth. PANGULF GARAGE will perform the details of a comprehensive car inspection checklist.


    The first step in car inspection is gathering general data. This helps you especially when comparing multiple vehicles. Data includes:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Make, year, model
  • Mileage
  • Engine cylinders, size, and type


  • Body – looks for scratches, dents, and dings. Look at paint scuffing and overall condition. Carefully inspect the front, hood, bumpers, doors, rear, roof, trim and quarter panels. Use a flashlight to look under the wheel well. Body killing rust often starts there in the darkness.
  • Glass – looks for cracks, chips, or discoloration. Check the windshield, door windows, rear window and mirrors.
  • Tires and wheels – look at the wheel and tire tread. Measure tire tread and look for the curb damage.
  • Wipers – Check the blades and wipers. Make sure they work properly. Check front and rear washers as well.


  • Evidence of smoke odor.
  • Interior items – check the glove box, air conditioner & heater, hood release, cigarette lighter, headrests, door panels, dash pad, and vanity mirrors.
  • Gauges – speedometer, tachometer, temperature, oil pressure, and amp meter.
  • Audio system – test the radio, CD player, and USB port.
  • Carpet and upholstery – look at front and rear seats, front and rear carpeting, headliner.
  • Trunk – inspects the carpeting, tools, jack, and spare tire.
  • Electrical system – test headlights, high beams, tail lights, brake lights, parking lights, turn signals, electric windows, sunroof, and electric seat controls.
  • Under the hood – look for oil leaks, exhaust leaks, and exhaust smoke.


    Check the all the fluids such as :

  • Engine oil
  • Brake oil
  • Power steering oil
  • Clutch oil gear oil and coolant,filters
  • Hoses
  • Pipes
  • Alternator
  • A/C system
  • Belts
  • Oil leaks
  • and other damages.


  • Brake system – noise, vibration, effort; parking brake operation
  • Suspension – performance, noise, rough road test
  • Idling noise
  • Engine or acceleration noise
  • Horn
  • Wind noise
  • Starting ease or noise
  • Steering – effort, drifting
  • Transmission – shifts quality, smoothness, effort, slippage, or noise
  • Engine operating temperature and performance
  • Transaxle noise
  • CV joint or drive axle noise


    Diagnose all the control units Such as Engine, transmission, airbag, ABS, body control, A/C control, sensors and electronic devices etc.


  • Farme rail and sub frame
  • Body bushings
  • Exhaust system
  • Powertrain system
  • Axles and propeller shaft
  • Shocks,struts and springs
  • Steering system
  • Control arms and trailing arms
  • All mountings