Pre-Delivery Inspection of Car: Buying a new car is not as easy as going to the showroom and selecting a product. Before buying a car, it is important to compare cars of different companies on the basis of budget. Apart from this, it is important to understand all the specifications and price of a car before deciding to buy it. After this, you have to register for the car, along with arranging money. There are many things that need to be checked before taking delivery of a new car. In this article, we have explained what are the important things to keep in mind while taking delivery of a new car.
Many times a new car gets damaged while traveling from the manufacturer location to the dealer, so it is important to get the exterior body of the car checked properly. For this, you should walk around the car to see if there are any scratches or dents in it. Especially pay attention to the bumpers and sides of the car. Also, check the paintwork. If you see any damage anywhere, then definitely inform the dealer about it.
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Once the exteriors are checked, go inside the car and check the dashboard, upholstery, seat and glovebox. Remove the floor mat and check if there is moisture in the carpet. Apart from this, also check the glass and mirror of the car to see if there are any cracks or scratches in it.
Open the bonnet of the car and check its fluid levels. Engine oil, coolant, brake fluid and windscreen washing fluid must be filled. Start the engine and let it run for a while. Check for any leaks under the bonnet and see if you hear any unusual sounds or vibrations. Black smoke should not come out of the engine.
Turn on the AC and check whether the cabin cools down quickly. Most of the time, the cars are parked in the dealer stockyard in a dusty environment. If your new car was in the yard for months, it may have run out of gas. Therefore it is necessary to check the AC properly.
Before delivery of the car check if all electricals are working properly. Sometimes its wiring gets damaged. Hence, turn on headlights, brake lights, reverse lights, parking lights, fog lamps, indicators, cabin lights, wipers, power windows and music system and check if they are working properly.
When a car is parked for a long time, flat spots can form in the tyres. New car tires can also be cut or torn. Therefore it is necessary to check it. Check spare tyres, jacks and other tools. Take a good look at Stephanie too.
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odometer and fuel
The odometer reading of a new car should not exceed 100-150 kms. If you see in the readings that it is more than 100-150 kms, talk to the dealer about it. Apart from this, the dealers usually give five liters of complimentary fuel to the customers. Check the fuel level of the car and see if it has enough fuel to reach the nearest fuel station.
take a test drive
Do take a test drive once with the dealer representative. During the test drive, check the steering, gearshift, brakes and suspension of the car. Take care that there is not much noise in the vehicle and it should not vibrate too much.
After checking the car thoroughly, it is also necessary to check all the papers properly. These documents must be checked – car payment papers, permanent registration certificate, insurance paper, manuals, warranty card, roadside assistance number and service book. Make sure to ask the dealer about “Form 22”, which is issued by the manufacturer. It contains the engine number, chassis number and month and year of the car’s manufacture. Check whether the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Engine Number and Chassis Number of the car match with the documents provided by the dealer.