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Used Car Shopping Inspection Checklist

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What Does a Used Car or Truck Inspection Include?

Before arriving in our pre-owned inventory, all cars and trucks need to pass a highly detailed, multi-point car inspection checklist of all minor and major systems. The checklist includes many particular and highly detailed criteria that often vary from one store to another. This makes certain that each pre-owned car is in working condition. Most elements fall into three primary types: mechanical, electronic, and service. Review what goes into a pre-owned car inspection checklist.



Mechanical Checks

Mechanical Check

From the brakes to 7-speed DSG transmissions, modern mechanical car parts dominate every function of modern cars and it is imperative that they are operating properly to stay safe and avoid accidents. A comprehensive mechanical inspection can inspect these components and others like engine parts, transmissions, 2WD or 4WD systems, the car battery, the exhaust, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the vehicle is either an electric vehicle or a hybrid, the drive battery can only be inspected and serviced by a professional.

Electric Check

Electronic Review

More than ever, modern vehicles have electronics such as computers, digital gauge clusters, touchscreen radios, NAV systems, and cameras. So it is crucial 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 important, however, are diagnostics of any onboard computer and any other electronically controlled systems, such as the ignition, engine performance settings, braking systems, safety technology, and cell phone integration.

Historical Review

Vehicle History Report

A detailed inspection can uncover any known problems, but it might not identify some issues that occurred before. To fully appreciate the life of your car we partner with CarFax and AutoCheck. These services find the history of a vehicle and will typically bring to light info like oil changes, title problems, previous accidents, warranty service, and mileage inconsistencies. Knowing the full history of the vehicle you’re about to purchase lets you make the best decision you can.


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Buy, Sell, or Trade at Santa Fe MINI

Santa Fe MINI 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 small sports cars and crossovers in Santa Fe, NM. Our friendly MINI team is standing by to serve you.


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