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

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