What to Inspect When Buying a Used Car?


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What’s Included in a Pre-Owned Car Inspection Checklist?

It is general practice for dealers to use a pre-owned car or truck inspection checklist before any car or truck can be included with the stock of pre-owned inventory. This is a scrupulous, multi-point check of all automotive systems, major and minor. The checklist includes many highly detailed and particular items and criteria which can differ from store to store. This ensures every used car or truck is in acceptable condition. Many, if not all, of the components may typically be put into 3 main categories: mechanical, electrical, and service. Get to know what it takes to conduct a checklist for a used vehicle inspection.



Mechanical Checks

Mechanical Inspection

From the brakes to 7-speed DSG transmissions, updated mechanical components dominate every function of modern vehicles and it’s imperative that they are properly functioning to avoid accidents and stay safe. A complete inspection will likely review these parts and many others like engine components, transmissions, 4WD or 2WD systems, the car battery, the exhaust, 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 professional.

Electric Checks

Electric Check

Now more than ever, the heart of today’s vehicles boast electronics such as engine computers, digital dashboards, touchscreens, NAV systems, and cameras. So it’s critical that they pass the same meticulous tests as the mechanical components. A comprehensive inspection of the electronics includes all lighting, as well as digital displays and driving lights. Most critical, however, are diagnostics of any onboard computer and any systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine performance settings, anti-lock braking systems, safety technology, and mobile phone systems.

Vehicle History Review

Vehicle Service History Report

A meticulous vehicle inspection can highlight any current problems, but it might miss some issues that occurred previously. To fully understand the status of your car we partner with AutoCheck or CarFax. These services display the full history of a vehicle and can typically highlight info like previous accidents, warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, and title problems. Realizing the whole history of the car you’re ready to purchase allows you to make the best possible decision.


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Buy, Sell, or Trade at Fernandez Honda

Fernandez Honda invites you to buy, sell, or trade with us, online or in-person. Our pre-owned vehicle inspections are rigorous and our vehicles are guaranteed for quality. Experience a real difference in car-buying. Visit us today for a great selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans in San Antonio, TX. Our friendly Honda team is standing by to serve you.


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