Your Checklist for Used Car Shopping

your checklist for used car shopping houston tx

What Is Included with a Checklist for a Used Car or Truck Inspection?

It is general practice for auto dealers to utilize a used vehicle inspection checklist before any vehicle is registered to its used vehicle inventory. This is a meticulous, multi-point inspection of all systems, both minor and major. An inspection checklist includes many precise items that may differ from car lot to car lot. This makes sure that each pre-owned vehicle is in acceptable condition. Many, if not all, of the items fall into 3 essential types: electrical, service, and mechanical. Learn what goes into a checklist for a used vehicle inspection.



Mechanical Check

Mechanical Checks

From DSG transmissions to the brakes, modern mechanical components control every function of modern cars and it’s important that they’re operating properly to avoid accidents and costly repairs. A complete mechanical inspection can cover these parts and others like the engine, CVT transmissions, drive systems, the battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (hoses and the radiator). If the vehicle is either a hybrid or an EV, the drive battery may only be inspected and serviced by a trained professional.

Electric Inspection

Electric Inspection

More than ever before, modern vehicles feature electronics like engine computers, digital dashboards, touchscreens, navigation systems, and safety cameras. So it’s critical that they pass the same uncompromising tests as the other components. A rigorous electrical inspection includes all lighting, as well as digital displays and running lights. Most critical, however, are diagnostics of any onboard computer and any additional systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine settings, the brakes, blind spot detection, and cell phone integration.

Vehicle History Inspection

Vehicle Service Report

A detailed vehicle inspection can highlight any current concerns, but it might not identify problems that occurred before. To fully appreciate the status of your car we use vehicle history professionals like CarFax or AutoCheck. These vehicle history services typically bring to light info like title problems, previous accidents, warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, and even oil changes. Realizing the entire history of the car or truck you are ready to buy allows you to make the best possible decision.


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The Beck Masten Kia Advantage

Discover the advantage of shopping at Beck & Masten Kia for pre-owned cars and trucks. All of our used inventory passes rigorous inspection so that you can buy with peace of mind. Find out why we continue to be the most popular Kia dealers for price, selection, and repeat business. Stop by our Houston area dealership today, or browse 24/7 in our online showroom.


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