169-Point Vehicle Inspection Checklist

1. VINs match on vehicle and paperwork
2. Recalls (OASIS) performed (including software updates for hybrid)
3. Vehicle History Report obtained
4. Scheduled maintenance performed
5. Vehicle has emissions sticker (applicable states)

Road Test

6. Starts, idles properly (cold/hot)
7. Remote start system operates
8. Accelerates and cruises smoothly
9. Engine noise normal (cold/hot and low/high speeds)
10. Automatic/manual transmission/transaxle operates/shifts normally (cold/hot)
11. Automatic/manual transmission/transaxle noise normal (cold/hot)
12. Shift interlock operates
13. Drive axle/transfer case operation, noise normal
14. Clutch operates smoothly, proper adjustment
15. Steers normally (proper effort/response, centering, free play, does not pull)
16. Body, suspension (no squeaks, rattles, vibration)
17. Struts/shocks operate
18. Brakes/ABS operate (pedal effort appropriate, no pulling, pulsating)
19. Cruise control operates
20. All gauges, speedometer, tachometer, odometer operate
21. Driver select/memory profile operates
22. No abnormal wind noise

Body Panels and Bumpers

23. Overall, no evidence of flood, hail, fire or any major damage
24. Body panels not visibly damaged, misaligned, paint not mismatched or poor
25. Bumpers/fascia not visibly damaged, misaligned, no poor paint

Doors, Hood, Deck Lid, Tailgate

26. Not visibly damaged, paint not mismatched or poor
27. Aligned properly (check jambs for over spray from repairs)
28. Automatic/manual release mechanisms, hinges, attaching devices, prop rod/gas struts operate
29. Power lift gate, power sliding doors operate

Grill, Trim, Roof Rack

30. Attached, free from visible damage
31. Deployable running boards operate, free from damage

Glass, Outside Mirrors

32. Windshield, side, rear windows free from visible cracks, pits, wiper marks
33. Wiper blades replaced
34. Mirrors, hinge (no cracks, damage)

Exterior Lights – Operate, lenses not damaged

35. Front end (headlights including high/low and alignment, park, turn, fog)
36. Back end (tail, brake, high mount brake, turn, backup, license plate)
37. Side (side marker, mirror puddle lights)
38. Hazard
39. Auto on/off lighting feature operates
40. Trailer lamp connector operates

Airbag/Safety belts

41. Air bags intact, no codes, dash light works
42. Safety belts work, free from cuts or wear

Audio and Alarm Systems – Operate

43. Radio, cassette, CD, speakers, satellite radio
44. Antenna
45. Alarm/theft deterrent system
46. Navigation system (CDs present if applicable)

Heat/Vent/AC/Defrost – Operate

47. Air conditioning system, dual and rear climate operation
48. Heating system
49. Defog/defrost (front, rear, outside mirrors)

Interior Amenities – Operate, no damage

50. Clock
51. Tilt/telescopic steering wheel (including power)
52. Steering column lock
53. Steering wheel controls
54. Horn
55. Warning chimes
56. Instrument panel lights, gauges, warning lights (pass bulb check)
57. Wipers (all modes/speeds/delays, no streaks)
58. Washers (spray pattern correct)
59. Interior courtesy, dome, map lights
60. Mirrors (manual and power side mirrors, rear-view auto-dimming)
61. Rear-view camera system
62. Sync system (test and perform master reset)
63. Rear entertainment system, including wireless headphones and remotes
64. Power outlets, lighter
65. Ashtrays
66. Glove box, light, center armrest/console
67. Sun visors, vanity mirrors and lights
68. Adjustable pedals Carpet, Trim, Mats – Clean, no stains or damage
69. Interior odor free
70. Carpet (check for rust under it due to flood damage)
71. Floor mats
72. Door trim/panels attached
73. Headliner


74. Upholstery clean, not stained, worn, cut, cracked
75. Seats/head restraint adjustments (manual/power)
76. Folding seats operate (manual/power), fold down latches operate
77. Heated seats operate
78. Integrated child safety seats operate

Sunroof/Moonroof/Convertible Top

79. Sunroof/moonroof operates in all modes
80. Convertible top operates, not damaged; cover, rear window not damaged

Windows, Door Locks – Operate

81. Handles, release mechanisms
82. Remote entry systems (key fobs, door key pads
83. Door locks (manual, power modes)
84. Child safety locks
85. Window controls (manual, power, express modes)
86. Remote deck lid, fuel filler door releases

Luggage Compartment

87. Carpet, trim, cargo net (clean, no damage)
88. Luggage compartment light operates
89. Jack, spare tire tools operate
90. Spare tire is correct size and type, no damage
91. Spare tire at least 50% tread depth remaining, correct pressure
92. Tire inflator kit present
93. Emergency trunk lid release operates Vehicle Diagnostics

Module System Test

94. Perform Self Test for all CMDTC (no continuous DTC stored in vehicle equipped modules)

Fluids – Check condition and level, check maintenance schedule for required service, add or change as required

95. Engine oil and filter (change)
96. Coolant (level, freeze point)
97. Brake fluid
98. Automatic transmission/transaxle fluid
99. Transfer case fluid
100. Drive axle fluid
101. Power steering fluid
102. Clutch fluid
103. Washer fluid
104. Air conditioning system charge


105. Check for fluid leaks
106. Hoses and lines (coolant, fuel, brake, steering, vacuum, A/C),check for wear, leaks
107. Belts (check for wear, cracks, fraying, proper adjustment)
108. Wiring (check condition)
109. Oil in air cleaner (possible excess blow-by, bad PCV)
110. Water in oil (check underside of oil filler cap)
111. Oil pressure (test with gauge if only warning light)
112. Cylinder compression/power balance (check if necessary)
113. Timing belt (inspect condition, change per maintenance schedule)
114. Engine mounts (not broken, separated)
115. Inspect Charge Air Cooler for damage or leaks

Cooling System

116. Radiator (check for leaks, condition of tubes, fins)
117. Pressure test radiator cap and cooling system
118. Cooling fans, clutches, motors operate
119. Water pump free from leaks or unusual noise
120. Coolant recovery tank (level sensor works)
121. Cabin air filter (change per maintenance schedule)

Fuel System

122. Fuel pump noise normal (no leaks if external pump)
123. Fuel pump pressure reading correct
124. Fuel filter(s) (change per maintenance schedule)
125. Air filter (change per maintenance schedule)

Electrical System

126. Starter operates
127. Ignition system (operation/scope)
128. Battery type, condition, fluid level, load test correct
129. Alternator output correct
130. Diesel pre-glow system operates
131. Hybrid cooling system for leaks, check level and condition
132. Switchable powertrain mount (operation)
133. Hybrid entertainment and information display (operation)
134. 110v power outlet (operation)


135. No visible damage, signs of repair or abnormal tire wear
136. Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and couplings not leaking

Exhaust System

137. Entire exhaust system (including catalytic converter) not damaged or leaking
138. Perform emissions control test

Transmission, Transaxle, Differential,Transfer Case

139. Automatic transmission/transaxle not damaged or leaking
140. Manual transmission/transaxle/drive axle/transfer case, not damaged or leaking
141. 4×4 hub operation (engage and disengage properly)
142. Universal joints, CV joints, boots not damaged, leaking, or excessive wear/looseness, noise when accelerating or turning
143. Transmission mounts (not cracked, broken, oil soaked)
144. Differential/drive axles (not damaged or leaking)

Tires and Wheels

145. All tires and wheels match, correct size
146. Tread depth, at least 50% remaining
147. Normal tire wear, no alignment or sidewall problems
148. Pressures correct
149. Tire pressure monitor system operates
150. Wheels/finish free from damage, run-out normal
151. Wheel covers, center caps, free from damage

Suspension Steering

152. Rack and pinion, linkage, boots not visibly damaged or leaking
153. Control arms, ball joints, bushings not visibly damaged or worn
154. Tie rods, idler arm operate to factory specs
155. Sway bars, links, bushings operate to factory specs
156. Springs have proper ride height (not sagged)
157. Struts, shocks not leaking
158. Wheel alignment correct (check if necessary)
159. Power steering pump and hoses (check operation, no leaks)


160. Calipers, cylinders operate with no leaks
161. Pads, shoes, at least 50% thickness remaining
162. Rotors, drums, at least 50% thickness remaining, not scored, run-out within factory specs
163. Brake lines, hoses, fittings not worn or leaking
164. Parking brake operates, releases, adjusted properly
165. Master cylinder and booster, no leaks
166. Owner’s Guide present
167. Keys and key fobs present
168. Universal Garage Door Opener buttons cleared
169. Fuel tank full

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