Vehicle inspection comes in many forms. There are courtesy inspections that are done as part of an oil change, inspection that is done prior to a wheel alignment and underhood inspection that may be done for an overheating condition, but very few inspections are as thorough as fee-based inspections on used cars. When a customer is considering the purchase of a used car this inspection must be detailed and in depth, and you must take the time to inspect some very mundane things that you would normally only look at superficially. What follows is Part 1 of such an inspection sequence. You may be surprised by some of the items the shop in this issue of Photo Tech addresses when a customer brings in a used car for inspection. Located within walking distance of a large used-car lot, this shop inspects several vehicles every week. The average inspection takes about an hour and a flat rate is charged. Sometimes the used-car lot pays for this flat-rate inspection, if the customer buys the car. Sometimes it does not. That is irrelevant to the quality, depth and accuracy of the inspection.

Part 2 of this fee-based, used-car inspection will run next month and will show the various chassis and suspension components on the same vehicle. We will tell you that they were pretty solid and not at all worn out or in disarray, even though they hadn’t been greased for a while. In addition, the boots on the parts were all good.