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Checklist For Buying Vehicles

Discussion in 'General Automobile Discussion' started by LadyDeath, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. LadyDeath

    LadyDeath Senior Marketing Officer
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    I got this from a site today and thought i'd share it with you all..Its a checklist when buying a foreign used or second hand car.

    Body Work

    Check for chips & cracks on headlights & fog lights
    Check all lights are working
    Check for rust around wheelarches & windscreen
    Check amount of stone chips on bonnet, bumper & mirrors
    Check under door & window rubbers for sign of respray
    Check front and rear bumpers for cracks & scuffs
    Check inner plastic wings are in place and undamaged
    Check for chips & cracks on windscreen
    Check panel gaps - doors, bonnet, wings and boot


    Running Gear

    Check tyre wear
    Check tyre for uneven wear
    Check tyre size
    Check wheels for kerbing scuffs
    Check front at back brake disc wear
    Check for shock absorber oil leaks
    Check springs - genuine or replacements
    Check exhaust back box rear mountings
    Check for gearbox oil leaks
    Check for rear differential oil leaks
    Check anti-roll bar tie rod arms - front and box
    Check for damage and/or rust under the car

    Engine

    Check engine is cold
    Check oil level
    Check water level
    Check brake fluid level
    Check power steering fluid level
    Check for oil & fluid leaks
    Check boost solenoid hoses for oil
    Check for oil in water - vice versa
    Check over cleanliness of engine bay
    Check for previous leaks on underside of bonnet etc.
    Check chassis number plates have no signs of replacement
    Check oil filter is genuine - judge of dirty (sign of age)

    Listen very carefully for noises
    - cams
    - water pump
    - injectors
    - alternator
    - bearings - with head under the car

    Interior

    Check for fag burns - seats and carpet
    Check dash board for cracks
    Check all switches
    Check aircon operation
    Check heater fan operation
    Check handbrake operation - no more then 5 notches
    Check rev counter works
    Check gauges work
    Check electric window operation
    Check central locking operation
    Check spare wheel and tool kit


    Driving


    Check for clutch judder
    Check for trust bearing noise - put foot on clutch then off
    Check gearbox isn't notchy - third to second
    Check gear-lever for sloppiness
    Check brake pedal travel
    Check brake efficiency
    Check steering wheel is level when driving straight
    Check for steering wheel judder when braking
    Check ABS operation if possible
    Check for general noises - rattles etc.-
    Check temperature gauge level
    Check for grey smoke on over-run
    Check all warning lights come on with ignition on (engine not running)
    Check cornering at speed
    Check CV joint noise on full lock at slow speed
    Check for smoke at 3000 rpm - out of gear


    Paperwork


    Check log-book numbers against chassis plate
    Check number of previous owners
    Check service records - look at mileage intervals
    Check all receipts - see if any indicate mileage - check dates
    Check service mileage against receipt mileage - any date conflicts
    Check date of cam belt replacement
    Check date of clutch replacement
    Check date of oil changes
    Check date of engine change
    Check MOT length and details
    Check tax disc matches car details
     
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  3. Steven Ramadar

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    Great list. Really great list.
     
  4. -Kevin-

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    Good piece of info here indeed...
     
  5. sonygoup

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    Op u did it with this one!!! #best
     
  6. anthonemorris

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    I like this. Did most of these this week as I'm looking for another car. Only thing I haven't gotten yet is service history. Will be keeping this bookmarked
     
  7. Sky22

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    Will definitely keep this checklist when looking for my vehicle soon ! Thanks Lady Death
     
  8. admin

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    Topic has been stickied, excellent post everyone should take a read when buying a used vehicle.
     
  9. Sky22

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    Seeing this exact post copied onto Trinituner ..Why thou?
     
  10. LadyDeath

    LadyDeath Senior Marketing Officer
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    Hmmm..Made this post because i didn't see it on other local websites and it was one thing we had that they didn't ..Remember our site posts need to be unique as we are new to attract people. Didn't know it reach there already
     
  11. Steven Ramadar

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    It was posted on TriniTuner after LadyDeath posted it here
     
  12. anthonemorris

    anthonemorris Member

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    Well look at that. Infringement already
     
  13. Steven Ramadar

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    Nah, sharing is caring [emoji16]
     
  14. LadyDeath

    LadyDeath Senior Marketing Officer
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    Bahahaha You crack me up so much man!
     
  15. Steven Ramadar

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    *sharing is good* and when many people share what they know, everyone benefits. We exist upon this ethos. We respect each other, we share with each other, we do not judge one another, and we help all who ask.

    This should be included in the site description :lol: taken from XDA-Developers. After all the mentioned above is what makes this site differ from others *cough* TriniTuner *cough*
     
  16. Sky22

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    Yup, but a little credit goes a long way .. e.g Taken from Trinimotors or Via Trinimotors
     
  17. V2nr 3.0

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    Guys, it is expected that persons on this website will also be on other local forums as well so I wouldn't beat up too much. Lets continue to share information which would benefit all. After all, flattery is the best form of imitation.

    Somebody take this checklist - excel it - put it as a sticky - good stuff !
     
  18. potash05

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    good info for a new driver and even ones in the game long time
     
  19. Mad racer

    Mad racer Banned User

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    Yeah these are important check lists for the buying of the vehicles and every trader do it for its buying because if these checklists are not considering by the trader so may be their are defected cars in its buying.
     
  20. DustinJimex

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    Excellent and informative post.
     
  21. Mad racer

    Mad racer Banned User

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    Yeah its really very useful for us not only for but also for the customer to know how the vehicle getting in to the market with a sequence.
     
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