• Vehicle Inspection

Vehicle Inspection

Before purchasing a car at The Car Group, you can be assured that all our cars are quality checked with a 225-point inspection. Additionally, every single one of our cars is RAC-Approved and passes our thorough inspection before appearing on our website. Our highly qualified technicians check the safety and condition of every car in our dealership. For extra quality assurance, each car is taken by one of our technicians on a road test to examine its engine performance, steering and brakes and to ensure that all is in full working
order.


What we check:


Steering


1. Free play at steering
2. Steering wheel
3. Steering rack, track rods, hoses, lines, connections
4. Rubber coupling
5. Dust caps
6. Power steering reservoir
7. Power steering pump
8. Power steering circuit
9. Metal couplings
10. Rod system

Brakes


1. Brake fluid reservoir
1. Brake fluid cap
1. Brake system
1. Brake pedal
1. Master cylinder
1. Surface of brake pedal
1. Hoses
1. Lines
1. Antilock Braking System
1. Antilock Braking System warning device
1. Brake pads – front brakes (L)
1. Brake pads – front brakes (R)
1. Brake pads – rear brakes (L)
1. Brake pads – rear brakes (R)
1. Brake discs – front brakes (L)
1. Brake discs – front brakes (R)
1. Brake discs – rear brakes (L)
1. Brake discs – rear brakes (R)
1. Drums
1. (Electronic) parking brake
1. Callipers

Drive train

1. Springs
1. Shock absorbers
1. Kingpins, bushes and ball joints
1. Stabilisers
1. Bearings
1. Dust caps
1. Struts
1. Support arms
1. Driveshafts
1. Automatic transaxle/transmission
1. Automatic transaxle/transmission fluid
1. Transmission
1. Clutch
1. Automatic transmission mounts
1. Flexible coupling
1. Universal joint
1. Central differential
1. Torque rods
1. Control arms

Lights & reflectors


1. Headlights
1. High beam
1. Low beam
1. City lighting
1. Indicators
1. Hazard lights
1. Tail lights
1. Rear registration light
1. Rear retro-reflectors
1. Front & rear fog lights
1. Side retro-reflectors
1. Third brake light
1. Warning signal dashboard
1. Interior lights
1. Luggage compartment light

Engine


1. Engine
1. Oil inspection
1. Water, sludge or engine coolant in oil
1. Timing belt (rubber/chain)
1. Multi V-belt
1. Radiator for coolant
1. Turbo/compressor charged air cooler
1. Oil cooler
1. Air filter engine
1. Air filter interior

1. Engine oil
1. Engine coolant
1. Coolant fan

Charge & start system

1. Battery
1. Wiring
1. Hybrid
1. Start motor
1. Ignition switch
1. Start button

Underbody


1. Exhaust
1. Exhaust rubbers
1. Engine mounts
1. Chassis
1. Fuel tank
1. Fuel hoses
1. Fuel lines
1. Sub frame
1. Engine
1. Undertrays

Windows, sunroofs & mirrors


1. Front windscreen
1. Side windows between A & C pillar
1. Side windows between C & D pillar
1. Rear windscreen
1. Front/rear window heating
1. Side view mirror housing
1. Outside mirror glass
1. Panoramic/sunroof
1. Windscreen wiper system front/rear
1. Windscreen wipers front/rear
1. Windscreen washer system
1. Washer fluid
1. Washer fluid reservoir
1. Defrosting and demisting
1. Rear view mirror
1. Rear view mirror auto-dimming


On board systems
1. Alarm/theft-deterrent system
1. OBD system

1. Navigation
1. Navigation card/cd
1. Central display
1. Dashboard lights
1. Instrument panel
1. Blind Spot Monitoring System
1. Rear/front view camera system
1. Active Park Assist
1. Head Up display
1. Entertainment system
1. Remote entry system
1. Remote boot lid release
1. Fuel filler door release
1. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
1. Hybrid information display

Seats & interior


1. Seats
1. Head rests
1. Safety belts front
1. Safety belts rear
1. Belt locks front
1. Belt locks rear
1. Seatbelt height adjusters
1. Warning signal belts
1. Airbags
1. Door locks
1. Child safety locks
1. Horn functioning
1. Odour
1. Power outlets
1. Glove box
1. Centre armrest/console
1. Floor mats
1. Door trims
1. Roof trims
1. Door panels
1. Seat upholstery
1. Door handles

Heating & ventilation


1. Air-conditioning/climate control
1. Blowers
1. Heated seats
1. Heated steering wheel
1. Cooling seats
1. Ventilation grilles
1. Massage seats
1. Control panel

Luggage compartment


1. Tyre repair kit/vehicle jack and tool kit
1. Towing hook
1. Luggage compartment carpet
1. Luggage compartment trim
1. Luggage compartment cargo net

Safety items


1. First aid kit
1. Fire extinguisher
1. Warning triangle(s)
1. Reflective jacket(s)
1. Emergency hammer(s)
1. Spare bulbs

Body


1. Major damage
1. Body Panel
1. Bumpers
1. Doors
1. Bonnet
1. Boot lid
1. Bonnet hinges
1. Door hinges
1. Boot hinges
1. Soft top
1. Roof
1. Grille
1. Trim
1. Roof rail
1. Antenna
1. Tow bar
1. Tow bar socket
1. Fuel cap
1. Ad Blue cap

Car data


1. Record the make
1. Record the model
1. Record the engine type
1. Record the fuel type
1. Record the transmission type
1. Record the licence plate number
1. Record the VIN number
1. Record the mileage in km/miles

1. Record the year of manufacture
1. Record the date of first registration
1. Record the date of the last MOT
1. Record the date of the next MOT
1. Record the date/mileage of the last service
1. Record the date/mileage the next service is due
1. Check if all keys are present
1. Check for any manufacture recall and safety campaigns
1. Check the car’s history report
1. Check the car’s maintenance history

Wheels & tyres


1. Tyres match and are correct size
1. Tyre tread depth – front tyre (L)
1. Tyre tread depth – front tyre (R)
1. Tyre tread depth – rear tyre (L)
1. Tyre tread depth – rear tyres (R)
1. Tyre pressure – front tyre (L)
1. Tyre pressure – front tyre (R)
1. Tyre pressure – rear tyre (L)
1. Tyre pressure – rear tyre (R)
1. Normal tyre wear
1. Tyre direction
1. Spare tyre size
1. Spare tyre type
1. Normal spare tyre wear
1. Spare tyre tread depth
1. Spare tyre air pressure
1. Wheels match and are correct size
1. Wheel trims
1. Wheel centre caps
1. Rims


Peace of mind, guaranteed.