Inspection checklist

Our specially trained mobile inspectors will travel to the vehicle and conduct a 3 to 5 mile test drive along with a comprehensive 158-point visual inspection of the exterior, interior, underneath the car and the engine compartment. They typically take 40+ photos.

The test drive is an integral part of the testing process to ensure the roadworthiness of the vehicle.

Our inspectors perform a Comprehensive Visual Inspection of the following items:

Exterior - Body

  • General Body Condition
  • Body Modifications
  • Body Panel Fit
  • Paint Condition
  • Rust/Corrosion
  • Door Condition
  • Door Weather Stripping
  • Door Handles/Locks
  • Front Fenders
  • Rear Fenders
  • Hood Condition
  • Roof/Pillars/Roof Rack
  • Trunk/Hatchback
  • Front Bumper
  • Rear Bumper
  • Fuel Door Operation/Gas Cap
  • Side Mirrors
  • Truck Bed/Tailgate

Exterior - Glass/Trim

  • Front Windshield
  • Rear Windshield Condition
  • Door Glass Condition
  • Grill
  • Body Trim/Moldings
  • Chrome Condition
  • Convertible Top
  • Wipers Front/Rear
  • Antenna/Operation

Exterior - Lighting

  • Headlights – High/Low
  • Fog Lights
  • Side Marker Lights
  • Tail Lights
  • Turn Signals
  • Brake Lights/Center Light
  • Emergency Road Hazard Lights
  • Reverse Lights
  • License Lights
  • Other Lights

Interior - Condition

  • General Condition/Odors/Mildew
  • Interior Modifications
  • Headliner
  • Front Seat Cover(s)
  • Rear Seat Cover
  • Seat Belts
  • Headrests
  • Front Carpet/Floor Mats
  • Rear Carpet/Floor Mats
  • Cargo Carpet
  • Door Sill Plates
  • Door Trim Panels
  • Door Glasses/Tint
  • Dashboard
  • Interior Trim/Moldings
  • Airbag Covers
  • Glove Box Operation
  • Spare Tire
  • Tire/Jack/Tools
  • Toolkit Complete

Interior Convenience & Controls

  • General Condition
  • Owners Manuals
  • Gearshift Operation
  • Parking Brake Control
  • Hood Release
  • Tilt Steering
  • Seat Position Adjusters
  • Power Seat Switch/Motor
  • Power Window Switch/Motor
  • Door Locks/Power Switches
  • Power Mirrors
  • Sunroof
  • Sun Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Windshield Wiper Controls
  • Defogger/Defogger Light
  • Horn
  • Remote Fuel Door Release
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Cigarette Lighter
  • Remote Key FOB
  • Alarm

Interior Instruments/Lighting

  • Gauges
  • Odometer
  • Dash/Instrument Lighting
  • Check Engine Light
  • Airbag Warning Light
  • ABS Warning Light Operation
  • Clock
  • Dome Light
  • Rear View Mirror/Compass
  • Sun Visor Vanity Lights
  • Trunk Light
  • Warning Lights – Other

Interior - Heating and A/C

  • A/C Operation/Temperature
  • Heater Operation/Temperature
  • Climate Control Operation
  • Blower Speeds/Operation
  • A/C Registers
  • Seat Heater/Cooler Operation

Interior - Radio Entertainment

  • Radio Operation/Condition
  • Speaker Operation/Condition
  • CD/DVD Operation
  • Navigation System
  • Back Up Camera
  • Rear Entertainment System


  • Engine/Underhood Modifications
  • Hood Release Operation
  • Hood Latch Operation
  • Hood Hinges/Struts
  • Hood Insulation
  • Engine Emissions Placard
  • Engine Emissions System
  • Battery Condition/Battery Hold Down
  • Alternator/Generator
  • Engine Wiring
  • Engine Leaks
  • Cooling System/Radiator/Cap
  • Radiator Coolant Condition
  • Heater Hoses – A/C Hoses
  • Drive Belts Condition
  • Air Cleaner/Filter
  • Engine Oil Condition
  • Engine Oil Sludge
  • Transmission Fluid Condition
  • Power Steering System
  • Brake Master Cylinder Fluid Check
  • Windshield Washer Fluid


  • Chassis/Undercarriage Condition
  • Chassis/Undercarriage Modifications
  • Frame/Unibody Condition
  • Exhaust System
  • Suspension Systems
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Steering Condition
  • Transmission/Cooler Line Leaks
  • Brakes
  • Tire Condition and Tread Depth
  • Wheel Condition
  • Tire Data Map

Test Drive

The Ready Test Drive is typically 3-5 miles long. The Test drive is an integral part of our process, and essential in identifying underlying issues that may be present.

With the vehicle parked, the inspector will perform a series of tests to check Brake Operation, Steering for play and response, Horn, Lighting, Gauge operation, and Transmission function to include Clutch and Shift mechanisms. Due to liability concerns, the vehicle owner almost always expects to drive during the test drive portion. We will always respect that decision, and to ensure accurate results, our inspector while sitting next to the driver, will provide the necessary instructions during the test drive, in order to record all of the required test points.

Some of the checklist items during the Test Drive are Starter Function, Engine Noise, Engine Operating Temperature, Exhaust Noise, Tire Noise, Transmission Operation, Alignment, Vibration, Suspension, Rattles and Squeaks.

Road Ready Inspections and its inspectors reserve the right not to participate in the test drive in the event that the he/she deems the vehicle, road and/or weather conditions as hazardous for driving. The inspector makes the final decision.

  • Test Drive Length and Speed
  • Cold/Hot Start Quality
  • Starter Function Quality
  • Engine Idle Quality
  • Engine Noise/Knocks/Rattles
  • Engine Smokes/Excessive Blowby
  • Normal Engine Operating Temperature
  • Engine Acceleration/Power Check
  • Exhaust Noise Level
  • Transmission/Clutch Operation
  • Transmission Shift/Gears Operate Smoothly
  • Steering Wheel Centered
  • Steering System Operation
  • Vehicle Alignment/Tracking Check
  • Abnormal Road Vibration
  • Abnormal Tire Noise
  • Suspension and Handling Quality
  • Brake Operation
  • Parking Brake Operation
  • Speedometer/Odometer Operation
  • Abnormal Wind Noise
  • Squeaks/Rattles

*This is not an all-inclusive list of what we check.
**Does not include Basic inspection

Basic Inspection includes

  • Visual exterior inspection
  • Visual interior inspection
  • Video to include walkaround
  • Picture of the VIN
  • Photographs

*This does not include the undercarriage or drivetrain-see sample report.