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Audio & Alarm Systems

Audio/cassette/CD system working normally, CD cartridge present (if equipped)

Antenna is present and functions properly

Radio speakers do not rattle at high volume

Remote entry system works properly (if equipped)

Theft-deterrent system works properly (if equipped)

Braking System

Inspect brakes, calipers, lines and hoses

No excessive vibration during braking

ABS operates on “panic stop”

Parking brake sets and holds vehicle

Brake pads/shoes must have minimum of 50% wear remaining

No excessive grooving or heat checking of rotors or drums

Parking brake releases completely

Brake pedal free play and travel is normal

Engine Compartment

Check or Change to make sure oil is fresh and full

Check for evidence of sludge

Inspect for fuel, oil, coolant or other fluid leaks

Engine cold high idle correct

No abnormal engine noise at cold start

Throttle does not stick shut on cold start

Drivability OK during warm-up

Hot drivability OK

Engine reaches normal operating temperature

Engine fan functions properly

No excessive drone or vibration from engine

Check under-hood labels and decals

Engine compartment is clean

Inspect air filter

Oil, brake, clutch, transmission, transfer case, washer and power steering fluid levels OK

Under-hood fluids clear and uncontaminated

Exterior Condition & Appearance

Exterior is clean and free of road residue

No cracked or broken lenses of exterior lights

Outside rearview mirror operates/lens is good

Glass free of cracks

Glass is free of improper repairs

Body is free of all major dents

Body is reasonably free of dings

Hood and trunk latches working

Free of water spots

Paint is free of swirl marks

Paint has even luster

Paint is free of buffable scratches

Free of wax residue

Wheel wells are clean

Acceptable aftermarket items checked

Removal of unacceptable aftermarket items

Hybrid Components

Hybrid Vehicle

Immobilizer System

Multi-Information Display

Inverter Coolant Level

Engine and ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission)

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

EMPS (Electric Motor Assisted Power Steering)

CCS (Cruise Control System)

SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) Airbag

HV ECU (Hybrid Vehicle Electronic Control Unit)

HV (Hybrid Vehicle) Battery

Fully charge 12-Volt Auxiliary Battery

Clean or replace Air Refiner Filter (A/C or evaporator filter)

Interior Condition & Appearance

Day/night mirror operates and lens is good

Window tinting clear and free of bubbles

Cigarette lighter is intact and operates

Ashtrays function and are in good condition

Ashtrays and lighter are clean; no evidence of use

Headliner, sun visors, dash pad, upholstery, console, cup holders, trim panels, floor mats and carpets are in place and in good condition (if equipped)

Cup holder extends completely and sturdily

Driver floor mat (if equipped) is properly secured and not stacked on another floor mat

Doors open and close correctly

Door locks, including child safety locks, work properly

Seats, including all position adjusters, work properly

Headrests function properly

Rear defogger grid lines intact

Interior leather, vinyl, plastic, carpet and fabric surfaces are free of rips, tears, excessive wear or fading

Inspect seatbelt condition

Seatbelts have full range of extension

Seatbelts lock up per specification

Inside remote release operates normally

Interior is free of debris

Dash and vents are clean and properly dressed

All crevices are clean

Doorjambs are clean

Glove box and console compartments are clean

Seats, carpets, floor mats and headliner are clean

Glass is clean and free of streaks


Steering Systems

Steering has normal feel in lock-to-lock turning

Steering wheel centered in straight line driving

Vehicle tracks and drives straight on level surface

Tilt steering wheel adjustment works properly

No excessive tire vibration or steering wheel shimmy at any speed

Interior free of significant squeaks or rattles

Inspect steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots



Transmission/clutch operates smoothly

Automatic transmission in “ECT” power mode shifts properly

Transmission gear ranges engage promptly while shifting when warmed up

Transmission shift lock and key interlock system OK

Transmission does not shift into overdrive when button is in OFF position

Inspect transmission case and pan for leaks

No damage to drive and axle shafts

Differential fluid level correct


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Battery System

Battery in good condition, has proper cold cranking amps and reserve capacity

Battery proper size and secure

Battery posts free of corrosion

Cables in good condition


Emissions & State Inspections

Perform emissions test and/or state inspection, if required


Engine Coolant & HVAC System

Engine coolant at proper hot and cold levels

Coolant specific gravity to -31° Fahrenheit

A/C cooling operation normal

A/C refrigerant sight glass clear

Heater operation normal


Frame, Structure, & Underbody

Frame/Unibody check

Inspect body surface

Check exhaust systems and hangers


Instrument Panel & electrical Systems

Fuel gauge reads correctly

Battery voltage gauge reads correctly

Horn works

Airbag deployment/replaced airbag

Speedometer and odometer work properly

Cruise control operation normal

Clock keeps time

All wiper speeds work correctly

Windshield washer operates

Wiper blades/inserts are in good condition and work

Wipers return to correct position when OFF

All mirrors adjust

Windows operate normally

Window locks operate normally

Power windows operate from master switch and all door switches

Memory seat control operates properly


Lighting Sysytems

Warning lights function

High and low beams OK

Headlight aim is OK

Taillights work

Brake lights work

Side marker lights work

Backup lights work

License plate lights work

Instrument lights work

Heater lights work

Dash light dimmer works

Turn signals operate correctly and self-cancel

Four-way flashers work

Defogger indicator light turns on with switch ON

Dome/courtesy lights operate with door cycles


Tires & Susspension System

Inspect tires for defects, damage and inflation

Tread depth remaining 50%

Wheels are clean and free of brake dust

Tires are dressed, not greasy

Wheel cover caps secure with no damage

No damage to CV joints/boots


Trunk Compartment & Spare

Trunk is clean, free of debris, no stains

Trunk light and trunk trim appearance

Jack and tools are correct, present and secured

Spare tire or inflator kit present

Spare tire and storage areas are clean

Spare tire is securely fastened

No signs of damage to spare tire

Minimum 5/32? tread remaining on spare

Spare tire has correct air pressure


Additional Items, Where Applicable

Dome light works properly

Sunroof/convertible top operates normally through full range of positions

Convertible top lockout function operates

Seat Heaters operate properly

Head unit software update

Radio security codes cleared

Navigation system works properly

Transfer case switches from 2WD to 4WD and back from 4WD to 2WD

Truck bed is in good condition

Truck bedliner is in good condition and secured

Tailgate functions properly

Rear bumper is secured