Your Checklist for Buying a Used Car


your checklist for buying a used car houston tx

What Does a Pre-Owned Car or Truck Inspection Include?

All cars, prior to getting registered with our pre-owned vehicle inventory, need to pass a rigorous car or truck inspection checklist of all minor and major systems. An inspection includes many minute items and criteria that typically vary from one store to another. This makes certain that every used car is in great condition. Many, if not all, elements can typically be put into three primary categories: service, mechanical, and electrical. Familiarize yourself with what goes into a pre-owned vehicle inspection checklist.



Mechanical Inspection

Mechanical Review

From anti-lock brakes to 7-speed DSG transmissions, modern mechanical components dominate every function of today’s cars and it is important that they are functioning properly to avoid accidents and stay safe. A complete inspection will likely cover these parts and many others like the engine, CVT transmissions, drive systems, the battery, the exhaust, and cooling systems (hoses and the radiator). If the vehicle is either an EV or a hybrid, the drive battery may only be inspected and serviced by a trained professional.

Electronic Review

Electrical Checks

Now more than ever, today’s vehicles have complex electronics like emissions computers, dashboards, touchscreens, NAV systems, and safety cameras. So it is critical that they receive and pass the same meticulous tests as the other components. A meticulous electrical inspection includes all external, internal, and emergency lighting, as well as display screens and running lights. Most critical, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computer systems and any additional electronically controlled systems, such as the ignition, engine performance settings, braking systems, safety tech, and mobile phone systems.

Service Review

Vehicle Service Report

A detailed inspection can expose any current issues, but it could miss some issues that occurred before. To fully appreciate the life of your car we use vehicle history companies such as CarFax or AutoCheck. These services find the history of a vehicle and can typically highlight info like mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, title problems, previous accidents, and warranty service. Realizing the whole account of the vehicle you’re ready to buy lets you make the best decision possible.


Shop With Confidence at Team Gillman Honda North

Shop with confidence at Team Gillman Honda North. All of our pre-owned cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans are rigorously inspected before they ever reach our lot, so you can know you’re getting a quality car or truck. That’s the Team Gillman Promise. We buy, sell, and trade all makes and models. Visit us today online or in-person at our Houston area Honda showroom. We look forward to your visit!


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