The video above provides great advice on things you need to check when you buy a used car. While there are plenty of good resources on how to inspect a car, this article goes over the list of items that you need to bring to do a good inspection.
List of times you need to bring when doing a used car pre-purchase inspection.
The items in this list are a must if you plan on going to check out a car that is hours away from home.
Whether you are inspecting a used Mercedes-Benz or any other car there are a few things that you should take with you which we have listed below.
Jump Box– Don’t be surprised if you show up at the sellers house and the car doesn’t start due to a dead battery. Or maybe the car has a flat tire. To avoid headaches, bring with you an air compressor / jump box combo if you have one. You can use it to jump the car but also to put air in any of the flat tires.
Flashlight – Bring a flashlight with you so that you can use it to look under the car and hard to see areas including around the engine. Use the flashlight to check for oil leaks. With that said we do not recommend that you check out a car at night time. Always check out the car during the day.
Jack and Stands– You will most likely want to inspect the car carefully and look underneath for oil leaks or hidden problems. You may want to jack up the car on the front to check suspension and steering components. Not everyone every car buyer does such a detail used car inspection. If you plan to get under the car, make sure to secure the car with jack stands. Don’t get under the car if you don’t have jack stands underneath.
Rags – This is obvious but we just put it on this list as a reminder. You will be checking the engine, transmission, brake and power steering levels and condition. Bring with you a couple of rags because you will definitely need them.
Insurance Policy – Let’s say you decide to buy the car. How are you going to drive it back? You should bring the insurance card even if it still have the info from your other car. Most insurance companies will cover a car that you just purchased. To be sure check with your car insurance. Or call your insurance company right after your purchase and add the car you just bought to your insurance policy. All they need is the VIN. If you get pulled over, you will have an insurance coverage to show to a police officer.
Diagnostic Scanner – The majority of the car buyers never bring an OBD II code reader with them but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. These little scanners will tell you a lot about the car. They will tell you if there are any problems with the engine, retrieve fault codes and see if the car is ready to be taken for emission inspection. These scanners are very easy to use and come in handy. They are inexpensive some of them selling for under $20. If you don’t have one take a look at Amazon’s Best Selling OBD-II scanner.
If you are serious about the car or if the seller told you that the SRS airbag light or any warning lights are on, then you may want to bring with you a more advanced scanner that not only can read the check engine light codes but also transmission, ABS, ETS, SRS, airbag and other systems. One scanner that works on Mercedes-Benz but also on other cars is Launch Creader VIII.