Annual Vehicle Inspection - Tips Annual Vehicle Inspection - Tips
A Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection Should Include:
- Cooling system components, including pressure test
- Battery and electrical system, including alternator output
- General engine performance
- Fuel system, including computer controls
- All fluids
- Ignition system, including computer controls
- Tires, including spare
- Steering and suspension system, including shocks and struts (CV boots where applicable)
- Wheel balance and alignment, four wheel balance on front wheel drive vehicles
- Braking system, including drums, rotors, hydraulics and electronic components
- Emission control system components
- Air conditioner/ heater /def roster
- Instruments and gauges
- Lights/ horn / mirrors
- Windshield wipers and washers
- Seat belts/ body evaluation / interior /exterior
Tips for Finding a Good Repair Facility:
- Start shopping for a repair facility before you need one.
- Ask friends and associates for recommendations; consult local consumer organizations.
- Look for a courteous staff, with a service writer willing to answer all of your questions.
- Look for policies regarding labor rates, diagnostic fees, guarantees, acceptable methods of payment, etc.
- Ask if the repair facility specializes or if it usually handles your type of repair work.
- Look for evidence of qualified repair technicians: trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work, and certification by ASE.
Courtesy of the Car Care Council