The feeling of getting car is like having a new member in the family. The joy of the new addition can sometimes go way beyond expressible words. A new car can be someone’s first vehicle in the family or someone’s alternate to the regular automobile they use, the excitement is all the same, no matter for what reason a new car is being added in the garage. Well, in the excitement sometimes dealer take advantage of the customers and might deliver a kaput part or something similar. Here is a detailed list of Pre Delivery Inspection and what all you should check so that your hard earned bank balance does not go for a toss. A broken part or an old may result in huge expenditure in future or may even cause safety issue to the occupants of the car. Here is list of things you should always take care of before taking the car out of the dealership.
- Choose a delivery time during daylight. A lot of things like uneven paint, unfinished paint job, minor scratches can be concealed in dark.
- Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), it can tell you about the journey of the car before it reached the dealership. Ask dealer for the Form 22 of the vehicle supplied by the manufacturer, the form 22 which will contain all the information about the vehicle.
- Take a walk around the car, make sure the car is squeaky clean and look for minor colour changes as they can reveal a lot about the car’s history. An uneven surface or paint can be a repaired dent or body damage. Take a family member or a friend along, extra pair of eyes always prove to be good while checking the car.
- Get inside the car and check of electronics and electrical issues. Check if the high beam, indicators, dashboard lights, in cabin lamps et cetera
- Carry a CD and USB if your car entertainment system has these features and check the system properly
- If the car has Bluetooth, you can also use your phone to pair with the car’s Bluetooth and check if that is working properly
- Check all the accessories that the dealer might have promised and check if they are properly fitted and in place.
- Check for tool kit and first aid kit that is provided with the car.
- Check of the window glasses, all the numbers carved on each window glasses should be exactly the same. Any unmatched number will mean the window has been replaced after being damaged. Avoid that in any circumstances.
- Check the tyres properly, check the manufacturing year on the tyre and look for any wear and tear. Ask the dealer to replace the tyres if they are very old as old tyres can become hard over time and can lose grip. Also check the spare wheel for any wear and tear.
- Check for the manuals and warranty and everything has been properly stamped.
- Drive the car for some distance and see if everything feels fine and normal.
A close inspection of the car never hurt, after all it will be with you for years to come and it will be your dependable means of commute in your hurried hours. Following these steps will certainly make sure that you get the best product and you keep that joy of having a new member in the family for a longer period.