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#1 29-04-04 07:27:11

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From: Blackburn, Preston, Lancashire
Registered: 16-03-04
Posts: 884
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Used Car Check List

Make sure you carry out the following simple checks when viewing a used car: You could print this and take it with you.

Under the bonnet

c -Check for oil leaks
c -Is the drive belt undamaged?
c -Oil on dipstick should be golden brown and clear
black or lumpy oil may indicate neglect

c -Are the fluid containers (brake fluid and coolant) topped up?
c -Check for signs of DIY repairs
Checking the exterior
c -Check for signs of amateur repairs to bodywork
use a magnet to look for plastic filler

c -Check for dents or signs of over sprayed paintwork
c -Is the car free from rust?
use a torch and mirror to check the wheel trims

c -Do the locks work? Are they all the same?
different locks suggest the car could have been broken into

c -Check for signs of welding across the car
this could indicate a "cut and shut" where 2 cars are welded together into a new one.

c -Do the tyres have at least 1.6mm tread
1.6mm is the legal minimum

c -Have the tyres worn evenly?
uneven wear could indicate problems with the suspension

Checking the interior

c -Does the mile-o-meter match the condition of the car?
be aware of "clocking" or doctored mile-o-meters

c -Check the seats and carpets for wear, burns and stains
c -Check the doors, windows and sunroof for signs of leaking
c -Check all the dash board gauges and warning lights
if the oil pressure light remains on it may mean that problems lie ahead
ABS and airbag lights should turn off almost as soon as the engine is switched on

c Check the overall quality of the car

Test Drive
Make sure you are insured to drive the vehicle before setting off

c -Does it feel comfortable?
c -Check all the instruments work
c -Test the power
c -Check the brakes and the handbrake
c -Test the steering
c -Listen to the engine noise
c -Make sure you try all the gears
c -When you stop check the exhaust
blue or black smoke indicates a worn engine
lots of grey smoke indicates water leaking into the engine

Paperwork

c -Vehicle registration form
check the VIN number matches the car
check the owner details match

c -MOT certificate if the car is more than 3 years old
c -Service log book
c -Manual or handbook

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#2 29-04-04 10:02:19

Darren
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Re: Used Car Check List

and also its advised to get a HPI check on the vehicle. It may cost a few quid, but if it comes back as stolen, cloned, doctored, etc.... you could save yourself money. www.hpicheck.com

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