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Used car check 

With this control list you know what is important for a used car.
Walk slowly around the vehicle, paying careful attention to the following points:

1. Bodywork & Paint

  • Is the vehicle clean?
  • Are waves, dents, scrapes or stone chips visible?
  • Are color differences or matte spots visible?
  • What is the gap size? Are they even?
  • Is the vehicle rusting? (Caution! Always consult a specialist for rust points)

2. Lighting

  • Inspect all lamps. Are the front lights and the rear light working?
  • How is the condition?
  • Are stone chips, cracks or moisture visible?

3. Engine compartment

  • Inspect the engine compartment: Is it clean and radiant as new? A motor wash can possibly be a sign that the seller wants to cover up leaks.
  • Check the fluid levels: oil level, cooling water, steering gear, brake fluid,
  • Check the condition of the hoses: Are the hoses porous or leaking? Are the clamps tight?
  • Pay attention to the toothed belt: Ask for the toothed belt and provide proof of when and by whom it was renewed.This is to avoid possible engine damage.
  • Now test whether the bonnet is light and clean.

4. Interior

  • Doors: Check that all doors open and close easily. Is there something clogging or sinking the doors when closing? Are the sealing gums complete and in good condition?
  • Seats: Are the upholstery in order? Does it smell pleasant or rather musty or modish? Are all safety belts functional?
  • Test the functions: Start the engine and check the ventilation, the windscreen wipers and the functionality of the other buttons, The warning light.

5. Test drive

  • Try to divide your test drive into two areas: one with low and one with higher speed.
  • Drive slowly:
    • Does the gearbox switch easily and cleanly?
    • Is the car going straight ahead? Are there any crackling noises during steering?
    • Do the ads work? (Speedometer, speedometer) Are the control lamps switched off again?

  • Drive faster:
    • Is there any vibration on the steering wheel? Does the car remain in the track? Are sounds heard? Does the car brake evenly?
    • Caution: Do not brake on the highway test!
  • Air conditioning: Does the air conditioning and heating function? Is the ventilation okay?

6. Underbody

  • After the test drive, the best way to identify deficiencies
  • Condition of the engine: Drips oil?
  • What does the exhaust system look like? Here are the most common shortcomings.
  • Are the brake pads in order? Is sufficient document strength available? Have the brake discs run or rusted?
  • Is the brake caliper difficult? You can see the still rusty brake discs.
  • Do the tires have sufficient profile? Are they evenly traveled? (Note on lane and crash settings) Is there any damage to the flank or the profile?
  • Are the rim edges damaged?

7. Vehicle papers

  • Look at the vehicle papers: Are the papers complete? Are the usage instructions available? Are the owner and the seller the same?
  • Is there a maintenance booklet? Are the entries created?
  • First aid kit and Warndreieck: Is both available? Is there a warning vest? What is the state of these things?