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What to Check When Buying a Used Car

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What’s Included with a Pre-Owned Car Inspection?

It’s expected practice for dealerships to include a used car inspection checklist before any vehicle is included with its pre-owned vehicle inventory. This is a meticulous check of all major and minor systems. The checklist includes many explicit items and criteria which usually differ from dealer to dealer. This makes certain that each used vehicle is in great condition. Most elements can get designated into 3 main categories: service, mechanical, and electronic. Review what is required for a checklist for a pre-owned vehicle inspection.



Mechanical Check

Mechanical Checks

From anti-lock brakes to 7-speed DSG transmissions, updated mechanical car parts dominate every area of modern cars and it is imperative that they are working properly to avoid accidents and stay safe. An exhaustive inspection will likely cover these items and others such as engine parts, CVT transmissions, 4WD or 2WD systems, the battery, the exhaust system, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the vehicle is either an electric vehicle or a hybrid, the drive battery should only be inspected and serviced by a trained professional.

Electric Inspection

Electronic Checks

More than ever before, the DNA of modern vehicles have electrical systems like computers, gauge clusters, touchscreens, NAV systems, and safety cameras. So it’s crucial that they receive and pass the same rigorous inspections as the mechanical components. A rigorous inspection of the electronics includes all emergency, internal, and external lighting, as well as display screens and running lights. Most necessary, however, are diagnostics of any computers and any additional systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine settings, braking systems, blind spot detection, and mobile phone integration.

Vehicle Service Review

Historical Service Report

A meticulous vehicle inspection can highlight any current issues, but it may not identify problems that occurred previously. To fully appreciate the actual status of your car we partner with CarFax and AutoCheck. These vehicle history services typically highlight info such as warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, title problems, and previous accidents. Recognizing the whole account of the car or truck you’re about to purchase lets you make the best possible decision.


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Sandia 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 Albuquerque, NM. Our friendly MINI team is standing by to serve you.


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