Vehicle Inspection Checklist


Please note that some checks may not be applicable to the vehicle you are buying.

Body Exterior Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Panel condition/alignment yes no no yes
Paintwork yes no no yes
Exterior trim yes no no yes
Glass yes yes yes yes
Bumpers and number plates yes no no yes
Door locks yes yes yes yes
Fuel Filler cover/cap yes yes yes yes
Soft top operation yes no no no
Body damage yes yes yes yes
Corrosion yes yes yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no no yes
Mud Flaps yes yes yes yes
Bonnet catch yes yes yes yes
Bonnet Hinges yes yes yes yes
Body load space condition no no yes no
Engine Compartment Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Coolant level/Condition yes yes yes yes
Coolant Leaks yes yes yes yes
Anti Freeze yes yes yes yes
Radiator/Cap yes yes yes yes
Hoses/Pipes yes yes yes yes
Drive Belts yes yes yes yes
Water Pump yes yes yes yes
Power Steering (oil level) yes yes yes yes
Clutch Fluid yes yes yes yes
Brake Fluid yes yes yes yes
Engine Oil level yes yes yes yes
External Leaks (Upper engine) yes yes yes yes
Engine Mountings yes yes yes yes
Carburettor/Fuel Injection yes yes yes yes
Turbo/Supercharger yes yes yes yes
Fuel Pump/Pipes yes yes yes yes
Accelerator Links yes yes yes yes
Cold starting yes yes yes yes
Fast Idle (cold) yes yes yes yes
Noise Level (cold) yes yes yes yes
Excess Fumes/Smoke yes yes yes yes
Electrical Controls Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Starting Systems/Ignition lock yes yes yes yes
Battery Condition yes yes yes yes
Battery Voltages yes yes yes yes
Headlights yes yes yes yes
Sidelights yes yes yes yes
Rear lights yes yes yes yes
Stop Lights yes yes yes yes
Indicators/Hazard lights yes yes yes yes
Reverse/Fog lights yes yes yes yes
Auxiliary Lights yes yes yes yes
Interior/Panel lights yes yes yes yes
Mirrors (electric) yes yes yes yes
Controls/switches yes yes yes yes
Instruments yes yes yes yes
Horn yes yes yes yes
Radio Aerial yes no no yes
Heater/Fan controls yes no no yes
Air Con operation yes no no yes
Windows/sun roof yes yes yes yes
Wipers/washers yes yes yes yes
Headlamp wash/wipe yes yes yes yes
Interior/Luggage Compartment Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Steering wheel alignment/Adjustment yes no no yes
Seat Upholstery yes no no yes
Seat adjustment yes yes yes yes
Seat belts yes yes yes yes
Carpets yes no no yes
Door trims panels yes no no yes
Door fittings/Operations yes no no yes
Door Seals/Hinges yes no no yes
Interior sills yes no no yes
Headlining/Visors yes no no yes
Sun Roof yes no no yes
Dash panel (condition) yes no no yes
Cigarette Lighter yes no no yes
Mirrors (internal) yes yes yes no
Rear Parcel shelf yes yes yes no
Boot/Tailgate lock yes yes yes no
Luggage area trim condition yes no no no
Illumination light yes no no yes
Tool kit yes no no yes
Soft top (condition) yes no no no
Tonneau cover yes no no no
Front Suspension/Steering/Under frame Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Engine underside leakage yes yes yes yes
Steering joints/ball joints yes yes yes yes
Steering box/rack yes yes yes yes
Chassis members yes yes yes yes
Power Steering (operation) yes yes yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes yes yes
Springs/suspension units yes yes yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes yes yes
Dampers (condition/leaks) yes yes yes yes
Gaiters yes yes yes yes
Sub frames mountings yes yes yes yes
Suspension arms/mounts yes yes yes yes
Tie bars/anti roll bars yes yes yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no no yes
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes yes yes
Rear suspension/Under Frame Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Springs/suspension bars yes yes yes yes
Anti roll bar yes yes yes yes
Dampers/bushes yes yes yes yes
Suspension arms/fixings yes yes yes yes
Location rods/fixings yes yes yes yes
Bump stops/gaiters yes yes yes yes
Wheel hubs/bearings yes yes yes yes
Pipes/hoses yes yes yes yes
Sub frames/mountings yes yes yes yes
Chassis members yes yes yes yes
Corrosion Protection yes no no yes
Corrosion-floor/chassis yes yes yes yes
Clutch/Transmission Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Fluid/oil leaks yes yes yes yes
Cables/Adjustments yes yes yes yes
Hydraulic system yes yes yes yes
Linkage (wear) yes yes yes yes
Casings yes yes yes yes
Mountings yes yes yes yes
Drive shaft assembly yes yes yes yes
Universal/sliding Joints yes yes yes yes
Backlash yes yes yes yes
Gaiters yes yes yes yes
Prop shaft(s) yes yes yes yes
Bearings/supports yes yes yes yes
Exhaust System Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Manifold yes yes yes yes
Pipes yes yes yes yes
Silencer(s) Catalyst yes yes yes yes
Heat shields/Mountings yes yes yes yes
Joints/couplings yes yes yes yes
System condition yes yes yes yes
Fuel System Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Tank yes yes yes yes
Tank Fixings yes yes yes yes
Fuel lines yes yes yes yes
Breather pipes yes yes yes yes
Evidence of leaks yes yes yes yes
Brakes Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Master cylinder security yes yes yes yes
Fluid Leaks yes yes yes yes
Servo/power system yes yes yes yes
Flexible hoses yes yes yes yes
Pipes/connections yes yes yes yes
Discs/pads (if visible) yes yes yes yes
H/Brake/operation adjustment yes yes yes yes
H/Brake linkage yes yes yes yes
Pedal/linkage yes yes yes yes
Wheels and Tyres Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Wheel Rims yes yes yes yes
Wheel Trims yes yes yes yes
Right front tyre yes yes yes yes
Left front tyre yes yes yes yes
Right rear tyre yes yes yes yes
Left rear tyre yes yes yes yes
Spare tyre yes yes yes yes
Road Test Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Distance covered where possible 10 miles 5 miles 5 miles 10 miles
Final drive operation/noise yes yes yes yes
Gearbox operation/noise yes yes yes yes
Engine performance yes yes yes yes
Engine noise yes yes yes yes
Excess smoke yes yes yes yes
Overheating evidence yes yes yes yes
Auto changes/kick down yes yes yes yes
Instruments/controls operation yes yes yes yes
Steering wheel alignment yes yes yes yes
Clutch operation yes yes yes yes
4WD operation yes no yes yes
Cooling fan operation yes yes yes yes
Steering effort yes yes yes yes
Hot restart yes yes yes yes
Road holding/stability yes yes yes yes
General steering/handling yes yes yes yes
Foot brake operation yes yes yes yes
H/Brake operation yes yes yes yes
Suspension noise yes yes yes yes
Warning Lights yes yes yes yes
Final Check Comprehensive Basic Van Motorhome
Uneven tyre wear yes yes yes yes
Oil leaks yes yes yes yes
Coolant leaks yes yes yes yes