Inspection Checklist - Trusted Car Credit

Inspection Checklist

The Trusted Car Credit Inspection Checklist

When is a long, boring list a great thing? When it's a gigundo list of dozens of individual steps we take to make sure that every car is up to TCC's elevated standards before we offer it to our community.

Every car that we offer for sale is not only certified - it's TCC Certified!

The Basics: Visual and Functional Assessment

  • Make / Model
  • Paint / Trim Color
  • Body Type
  • Mileage
  • Title & Registration
  • Insurance Card
  • Smog Receipt
  • No Open Recalls
  • VIN matching
  • All parts can be operated and started

Checking the exterior with a fine-tooth comb

  • Windshield
  • Roof
  • Headlights
  • Hood
  • Front Bumper
  • Front Fenders
  • Body Panels
  • Condition of Paint
  • Trunk Lid / Hatch / Tailgate
  • Rear Window
  • Fuel Filler Door
  • Door Skins
  • Rocker Sills
  • Body Alignment
  • No Signs of Collision Damage
  • Tail Lights
  • Rear Bumper
  • Pillars

Does Everything Work the Way It Should?

  • Lights
  • Headlights
  • Brake Lights
  • Hazard Flashers
  • Backup Lights
  • Convertible Top (if applicable)
  • Mirros
  • Door Handles
  • Trunk Handle
  • Turn Signals
  • License Plate Light
  • Headlights

Thorough Visual Inspection (More In Depth than the TSA)

  • Door Panels
  • Carpet / Floor Mats
  • Cup Holders
  • Seats and Seat Belts
  • Headliner and Pillars
  • Trunk Interior
  • Trunk Tools
  • Trunk Floor Plan
  • Dash and Vents
  • Trim Pieces:
    • Dash
    • Center Console
    • Doors
  • Door
    Weather Seal
  • Glovebox and Console Compartments

What's Inside Has to Look Good and Work Great

  • Scan the Onboard Computer
  • Interior Lights
  • Windows and Sunroof
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Turn and Light Switches
  • Cup Holders
  • Glovebox
  • Seats
  • Seat Belts
  • No Diagnostic / Airbag Codes Set
  • Steering
    Wheel Controls
  • Central Locks
  • Speakers
  • Pedals
  • Heating / Air Conditioning
  • Audio /
    Navigation
  • Gear Selector
  • Parking Brakes

Under-The-Hood

  • Coolant Hoses
  • Belts / Tensioners / Pulleys
  • P/S Fluid Level and Condition
  • Carrying Rails and Firewall
  • No Signs of Body Dust
  • Panels Alignment
  • Factory Painted Bolts and Body
  • Hinges
  • Engine Odors
  • • Engine
    • Coolant
    • Oil
    • P/S
    • A/C
  • Coolant Level and Condition
  • Oil Level and Condition
  • Brake Fluid Level and Condition
  • Brake Fluid Level and Condition

Wheel Assembly: Round and Round We Go

  • Tires Match
  • Wheel Locks and Key
  • Spare Tire
  • Brake Lining check
  • Brake Hose check
  • Brake Lining (LF / RF / LR / RR)
  • Tire Pressures / Depth (LF / RF / LR / RR)
  • Suspension Bounce
  • Tire Condition
  • Rims
  • Lug Nuts / Bolts

We Never Overlook What's Under

  • Undercarriage
  • Transfercase
  • Axles
  • Shocks
  • Control Arms
  • Tie Rods
  • Exhaust System
  • Engine
  • Suspension Components
  • Transmission
  • Differential

Finally, We Get Behind the Wheel

  • Cold Engine performance
  • Throttle performance during cold start
  • Vehicle performance during warm-up conditions
  • Engine fan(s) performance
  • No abnormal noise or vibration from engine
  • Engine Performance
  • Operating Temperature

Vehicle Road Test: Performance, Transmission, Steering & Suspension

  • Transmission / Clutch performance
  • Automatic Transmission performance during cold / warm up temperature
  • Steering has normal feel in lock-to-lock turning
  • Vehicle drives straight on level surface
  • Vehicle does not pull to the side when applying brakes
  • Steering wheel centered
  • No abnormal noise or vibration from suspension
  • No abnormal tire noise / road noise
  • No abnormal squeaks and rattles from interior
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