Before a test drive, our testers will carry out a thorough health check of the vehicle to include but not limited to:
*Carefully checking the paint job of the car - Taking note of any rust spots, dents or scratches or new paint work which could indicate the covering up of a previous accident.
*Checking the trunk of the car - It should not show any signs of rust, or water entry.
*Checking the tyres - The tyres should be evenly worn and they should match. We examine the surface of the tyre for bad alignment. Bad alignment can be caused by worn steering/suspension components, pothole's or frame damage.
*Checking the underside - Looking for any black spots on the exhaust system because this could indicate leaking. Greasy grime could also be a sign of an imminent problem.
*Checking under the hood - Any indication of dents, damage or rust. These can all be signs that the car was either poorly taken care of or damaged.
*Checking the hoses and belts - They should free of rips and cracks. The radiator hoses should not be soft.
*Inspecting the engine - On the engine block, we look for any dark brown oil stains. This will indicate that there is a leak in a gasket, and could possibly lead to an expensive repair in the future. A check of the brake fluid and reservoir to make sure its is not leaking is also carried out.
*Checking the oil filler cap - A foam residue on the inside of the cap indicates a leaking/blown head gasket.
*Checking the transmission dipstick - the fluid should be pink or red.
*Checking the timing belt - This is the most important belt in the engine and is also the most costly to replace. If the car is equipped with a steel timing chain, you don't have to worry about this.
*Checking the seats and upholstery for any tears, rips, stains, or other type of damage.
*Checking the service history
*Verifying the lights and all the regular functions of the car are in working order. This includes: any sensors for parking, back parking camera, radio, CD, music installation, etc.