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What Is Included in a Vehicle Inspection

A vehicle inspection should look at every aspect of the car and its driveability. The car should be in good condition both mechanically and electronically, and the comfort options should be functioning properly.

A standard vehicle inspection usually includes the following, in order:

1. Checking the Vehicle History

The car will be inspected to ensure it is what it says it is. The VIN will be checked to see if it matches the documentation, and the MOT will be assessed to see that the information matches and if any scheduled maintenance has been carried out. The engine number will be checked to ensure it's the right one for the make and model and hasn't had any alterations that haven't been declared.

2. Undergoing a Road Test

The car will be inspected for defects during its road test. This will include checking how it starts and handles the condition of the clutch and gearbox and the readings on the gauges. The inspector will listen for any unusual noises that could suggest an issue with the car. The car will also be checked for defects such as the fuel level and speedometer readings.

3. Checking the Car's Outside Condition

The car will be inspected for damage, including checking for big dents and cracks in the bodywork. The windscreen will be checked for any chips or cracks, and the wing mirrors will be assessed to ensure they can be adjusted and are not damaged. The locks and key fobs will be checked, as will the bonnet and boot catches. The car's lights will also be inspected to ensure they are working and have the correct brightness.

4. Checking the Car's Inside Condition

Every car today has so many different systems that need to be checked. If there are onboard warning systems, then they need to be checked. The warning lights and air-conditioning systems need to be checked, as well as the windows' demisting capabilities, the windscreen wipers, the indicator lights, and any sunroof mechanism. It's hard to keep track of all of these things.

The driver will ensure the pedals are working correctly, the seatbelts are locked, and there are no water leaks. The dashboard will be checked for dirt, the parcel shelf for weight, and the sun visors will be inspected for obstructions.

5. Undergoing Tyre Check

The tyres will be inspected for damage to ensure they are at the correct depth. All four wheels will be checked for any signs of wear or cracks.

6. Checking the Engine Compartment

The engine is inspected to make sure everything is in working order. The oil, water and coolant levels are checked, as well as the gearbox fluid. The safety mounts and fastenings are checked to ensure they are tight and secure. The hoses and wires are checked for debris to ensure they are securely attached. The inspection also checks the battery to ensure it can charge itself.

7. Checking Underneath the Car

The car will be inspected down to the last detail. The exhaust, mountings, and clamps will be checked for tightness. The catalytic converter will be inspected, and there will be a check for any exhaust leaks. The front and rear shock absorbers and suspension will be checked, and the brake pads will be inspected for any signs of wear. The chassis will be checked for corrosion.


A vehicle inspection is a lot of work. The inspector will check the hundreds of parts that make up the car to ensure they are as they should be. The driver will have to have the patience and energy to see through this process, as well as the ability to interpret the results.

From our original focus on valeting services for the UK motor industry, Secure Group has evolved over the last 20 years. It now provides valeting, driving, inspection and progress-chaser portal with imaging, HD video and digital backdrops from our Auto Imaging division. If you need rental valeting services in Cambridgeshire, get in touch with us! Call us at 01480 216 700 now.


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