Car Inspection Guide from Sell My Car Dubai

A used car can be a great and cheap alternative for most people. Why pay the full price for a new car, when you can have the same model at almost half the price in some cases? But there is a catch. Buying a used car can come with some drawbacks. The engine can be faulty, the body can be damaged or who knows what you may find. Some sellers try to hide major defects and after you get home, you may find yourself wondering why your car doesn’t work anymore. The trick is to do a thorough inspection before you decide to buy a used car. Don’t just give it a quick glance and leave it at that. Go deeper and make sure you get a good deal. Here is what you need for when you do a vehicle inspection:

  • Something to write down the mileage, vehicle identification number and other information.
  • A flashlight for checking under the car.
  • Paper towels or a cloth to wipe yourself if you get dirty while checking the engine oil.
  • A CD or cassette tape for checking the car stereo (if applicable).


  • Make sure that the windshields are free of cracks. Look for little scratches too.
  • The body of the car is free of any scratches and dents.
  • A fresh paint job could mean that the previous owner is trying to conceal rust. Be careful!
  • Windshield wipers are fully functional.
  • Headlights and directional lights are in good condition and functional.
  • Doors and fenders are aligned.


  • Tires are from a good brand like Michelin or Goodyear and not just stock.
  • All tires need to be from the same manufacturer.
  • Tires are in good condition and worn evenly. You know you have suspension problems when the wear is uneven.
  • The car needs to come with all the tools for setting up a spare tire. Check for: jack and car wrench. Also the spare tire should be inflated and in full working condition.


  • Make sure that the engine doesn’t leak.
  • The battery terminals show no signs of corrosion.
  • The oil dip stick is free of dark oil.
  • Look at the exhaust pipe emissions and make sure that they are neither blue nor black. Blue means that the engine burns oil and black that there is an excessive oil consumption.


  • Make sure that the vehicle is leveled and that all the corners respond in the same way when bouncing on them.


  • Seats are in good condition.
  • Doors and trunk open and close without any problems.
  • All gauges on the dashboard work and indicate the correct numbers.
  • No warning signs on the dashboard stay lit.
  • The air conditioner and the heater are fully functional.
  • All seats are equipped with functional seat belts.
  • Windows open and close without any problems.
  • Stereo, sunroof and car alarm work properly (if applicable).


  • Transmission fluid looks clean and the transmission doesn’t slip or delay when driving (for automatic transmission).
  • Make sure that each gear shifts smoothly (for manual transmission).


  • When braking the vehicle steers straight and doesn’t pull to one side.
  • Brakes work flawlessly.


  • When steering, vehicle does not drift to one side.
  • Vehicle doesn’t shake during driving.
  • Steering wheel shows no resistance.

Besides these technical details, you’ll also need all the service and repair records of the previous user. You have the right to know if the car has been in shop. It’s important that the inspection isn’t rush. If the seller objects to your inspection, just walk away. This is a big purchase you’re making and it requires full transparency.

We hope that this guide helps you find the car of your dreams.

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