What We Check?

A2Z Vehicle Inspection in 5-Steps

  • Has it been clocked? (Genuine odometer reading of the car has been changed) VIDEO
  • Has a car been imported? VIDEO
  • Was it previously written off because of crash damage?
  • Is there an outstanding finance / balance on a car?
  • Have VRT or VAT payments been paid?
  • How many previous owners?
  • Previously used as a taxi?
  • Market Value?
Step 2. Structured interview with a seller helps to determine whether the reason for sale is genuine.
  • Investigate Vehicle’s and its Seller’s Identity
  • Check for cloning (check if a registration or a chassis number have not been changed)
  • Sellers address and ID match the details on a registration certificate
  • Verify the number of previous owners
  • Review Vehicle Service Book (Service Records)
    Listen to the RTE podcast about the ghost cars
The 12 main areas of 200-point Visual Inspection are outlined below
  • Thorough road testing helps to determine how a car handles, its engine and transmission performance as well as the condition of the brake system and the suspension of the car.
  • After the test-drive the inspector verifies fluid levels and makes sure that the fluids had not been topped up prior to the test-drive.
View a Sample Checklist
Sample Summary Report

The 12 Areas of 200-Point Visual Inspection


•Seatbelts •Horn •Air bags(SRS) •Crash damage •Brake System •Other Safety Concerns


•Seats •Upholstery •Carpets •Dashboard•Boot Compartment

Interior Electrics

•Warning Lights •Gauges •Electric Instruments (ex. electric windows)


•Body Paint and Clear Coat •Present or Previous Body Damage •Window Glass •Corrosion


•Lights Operation and Condition

Engine and Engine Bay

•Engine Condition •Engine Bay •Levels

Tyres and Wheels

•Wheel Rims •Tyre Tread (Minimum tyre tread 1.6mm)

Exhaust System

•Corrosion •Holes •Hangers •Mounts

Brake System

•Brake Pads •Brake Disks •Flexible Break Hoses

Test Drive

•Tracking issues •Brakes •Engine Performance •Wheel Bearings


•Visible Balljoints •Shock Absorbers •CV Joints and Bolts


•Clutch and Gearbox Performance

Visual Inspection in Detail

  • Central locking
  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Seats
  • Heater controls
  • Stereo/Radio
  • Cigarette lighter (voltage)
  • Steering wheel condition
  • Headliner and sun visors
  • Wipers operation
  • Windscreen washers and headlights
  • Horn
  • Interior lights
  • Instrument cluster illumination and dimmer
  • Hazard lights
  • Pedal rubbers
  • Seat belts
  • Interior upholstery condition
  • Carpets
  • Door handles and locks
  • Door hinges
  • Door rubber seals
  • Bottom of the doors (corrosion)
  • Indicators
  • Sidelights
  • Headlights
  • Main beam
  • Xenon self-leveling system
  • Fog lights
  • Break lights
  • Number plate lights
  • Reverse lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Headlight washers
  • Crash damage
  • Bonnet catch, stand and shocks
  • Corrosion
  • Engine type
  • Engine oil level and condition
  • Coolant level and condition
  • Radiator
  • Brake fluid level and condition
  • Power steering fluid
  • Battery condition
  • Overall condition of visible hoses and vacuum pipes
  • Overall condition of visible wiring
  • Engine number
  • Fan Belt condition
  • Timing belt/chain
  • External oil leaks
  • Shock absorbers and strut bushings
  • Engine mounts
  • Boot lock operation
  • Carpet condition
  • Corrosion
  • Crash damage
  • Spare wheel
  • Tools
  • Jack
  • Tyre tread and overall condition
  • Brake pads
  • Brake disks
  • Rims
  • Wheel nuts
  • Shock absorbers and struts
  • CV boots
  • Flexible break hoses
  • Brake fluid leaks
  • Steering rack
  • Visible suspension rubber bushings
  • Visible suspension ball joints
  • Exhaust system
  • Hangers and mounts
  • Center bearings
  • Universal joints
  • Visible external leaks
  • Window glass
  • Wiper blades
  • Body panels
  • Front and rear lights
  • Front and rear bumpers
  • Trim pieces
  • Wheel arches
  • Fuel filler cap and door
  • Rocker panels
  • Paint
  • Clear coat
  • Key condition
  • Ignition lock operation
  • Warning lights
  • Starter motor
  • Idle speed and rev counter operation
  • Gauges
  • Mileage
  • Visual smoke test at start-up
  • Engine noise
  • Alternator charge
  • Automatic transmission oil check
  • Fumes and pressure out of oil filter
  • Air filter check
  • Thermostat
  • Heater operation
  • Air conditioning operation
  • Hand brake operation
  • Reverse operation
  • Transmission operation
  • Clutch operation
  • Power steering operation
  • Speedometer operation
  • Steering, handling and stability
  • Engine performance
  • Brakes operation
  • Engine cooling system
  • Heater operation
  • Cruise control operation
  • 4WD operation
  • CV joints
  • Suspension noise
  • Cabin noise
  • Odometer operation
  • Verify levels of fluids
  • Verify leaks
  • Oil filler cap and expansion bottle cap
  • Hot start
  • Thermostat