Inspection & Repair Checklist

Inspection, Maintenance & Repair Checklist

After purchasing a used car, it's important to perform a few maintenance tasks and inspections to ensure the vehicle is in good working condition. Here are some recommended inspection, maintenance and repair jobs to consider:

  1. Change fluids: Start by changing the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. This helps ensure that you have clean fluids in your vehicle.

  2. Check and replace filters: Inspect and replace the air filter, cabin air filter, and fuel filter if necessary. Clean filters help maintain the efficiency and longevity of the vehicle's systems.

  3. Inspect and replace belts and hoses: Check the condition of the engine belts and hoses. If they show signs of wear, cracking, or fraying, it's advisable to have them replaced.

  4. Test the battery: Check the battery's voltage and ensure it is holding a charge. If the battery is old or weak, consider replacing it to avoid potential starting issues.

  5. Inspect tires: Check the tire pressure, tread depth, and overall condition. Rotate the tires and align the wheels if needed. Replace worn-out tires for improved safety and performance.

  6. Check the brakes: Inspect the brake pads, rotors, and brake lines. If the brakes are worn or damaged, have them repaired or replaced to ensure proper stopping power.

  7. Test lights and electrical components: Verify that all exterior and interior lights, including headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and dashboard lights, are functioning correctly.

  8. Check other electrical components such as power windows, locks, and the audio system.

  9. Inspect the suspension and steering: Have the suspension components and steering system inspected for any signs of wear, such as loose or worn-out parts. Replace or repair as needed to ensure proper handling and control.

  10. Perform a general inspection: Have a professional mechanic conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle. They can identify any hidden issues or potential problems that might require attention.

  11. Address any outstanding recalls: Check for any open recalls on the specific make and model of the car you purchased. Contact the manufacturer or a dealership to have the necessary repairs or updates performed.

It's always a good idea to seek advice from a qualified mechanic for recommendations. For all but the most experienced mechanics, our recommendation is to "take the car home" (bring it to a dealership). At the very least, a dealership will typically provide you with a complete list of repairs and maintenance items required. From there, you can purchase parts from Parts Evolved, then carry out the work yourself or pick and choose which jobs you'd like to outsource, greatly facilitating the initial sorting of any used car.