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Your Checklist for Buying a Used Car

your checklist for buying a used car houston tx


How Are Pre-Owned Cars or Trucks Inspected?

It’s expected practice for dealers to use a used car inspection checklist before any vehicle is allowed to be registered to the stock of inventory. This is a meticulous review of all major and minor automotive systems. An inspection checklist includes many particular and highly detailed criteria that typically vary from one dealership to another. This ensures that every used car is in ideal condition. Many elements may typically be put into three primary categories: service, electrical, and mechanical. Learn what is required for a checklist for a used vehicle inspection.



Mechanical Inspection

Mechanical Inspection

From DSG transmissions to anti-lock brakes, modern mechanical car parts dominate every area of today’s vehicles and it’s imperative that they are properly working to stay safe and avoid accidents. A complete inspection can inspect these items and others like engine parts, CVT transmissions, 2WD or 4WD systems, the battery, the exhaust, and cooling systems (the radiator and hoses). If the vehicle is either a hybrid or an electric vehicle, the drive battery can only be serviced and inspected by a professional.

Electronic Check

Electrical Inspection

More than ever before, the core of today’s cars boast electrical systems such as engine computers, gauge clusters, touchscreen stereos, navigation systems, and cameras. So it is imperative that they pass the same rigorous tests as the other components. A rigorous inspection of the electronics includes all lighting, as well as display screens and running lights. Most critical, however, are the proper functions of any onboard computer and any additional systems controlled by electronics, like the ignition, engine performance settings, anti-lock braking systems, safety tech, and mobile phone integration.

Service Checks

Vehicle Service Report

A detailed vehicle inspection can expose any known issues, but it could miss some problems that happened in the past. To fully understand the status of your car we partner with vehicle history sources like CarFax and AutoCheck. These vehicle history services typically highlight information such as warranty service, mileage inconsistencies, oil changes, title problems, and previous accidents. Recognizing the entire history of the car you are wanting to buy lets you make the best possible decision.



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Shop With Confidence at Team Gillman Mazda

Shop with confidence at Team Gillman Mazda. All of our pre-owned cars and SUVs 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 Mazda showroom. We look forward to your visit!


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