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)
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?