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Pre-delivery inspection – Top five things you should know

August 17, 2018, 06:33 PM IST by Nikhil Puthran
Pre-delivery inspection – Top five things you should know

Sleepless nights and loss of appetite are some of the common symptoms one might encounter prior to the day of delivery of a new car. While it is justified to burst with excitement, it is also equally important to spend a little time inspecting the vehicle before heading out of the showroom. The reason we say so is that there is a probability that the vehicle might have been parked in the stockyard for a long time or might have got damaged in transit.

So, here below are the top five things that need to be examined before driving home a new car –

External body inspection

Dealer stockyards are not really a happy place for the cars. Some of the dealers are also known to use the new cars as demo vehicles for potential customers. In such cases, the dealer usually disconnects the odometer for obvious reasons, hence it is recommended to thoroughly inspect the vehicle before taking the delivery. Uneven bumps, scratches, swirls or mild dents; a brand new car should definitely not have any of those.

Electronic and upholstery inspection

All the switches and electronics offered as standard in the new vehicle should be perfectly functional. Check for any stains on the seat or damage on the door panels and inserts. The vehicle should also not have a damp smell which indicates at manufacturing defects that allow water to seep in. Also, ensure that the floor carpet or the floor mat is not damaged or soiled.

Wheel Inspection

Also, the tyres of a new car should definitely not show any signs of wear and tear. Cars that have been used as demo models by the dealers will show slight wear due to use. The wheel well should be clean and should not have traces of rust. For cars with wheel caps or alloys, it is important to check that either of them is not damaged.

Engine and AC inspection

Start the car and take it for a spin around the showroom before heading home. Check for any abnormal sounds from the engine and ensure that the vehicle drives smoothly just the way it is supposed to do. Also, keep an eye for any black fumes emitting from the exhaust. Moreover, the engine should not vibrate excessively when idling. Do not forget to check the air conditioner- it should provide optimum cooling within minutes.      


Once satisfied with the overall vehicle inspection, it’s time to check the papers. Ensure that the dealer hands out all the receipts for the payments, permanent registration certificate, insurance papers, manuals, warranty cards, roadside assistance numbers and service booklets.

And that’s all folks! But hold on, do not forget to buckle up your seatbelts before you drive home in your new prized possession.

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