What Does a Multi-Point Inspection Tell You About a Car?

Multi-Point Inspection

A multi-point inspection is one of the most important ways to make sure your car is in good operating condition. By getting a multi-point inspection before purchasing your used car, you will get a thorough assessment of the used car’s current condition and operational abilities. This is also a way to avoid any unforeseen problems that could go unnoticed without a proper inspection. 

What Is Included in a Multi-Point Inspection? 

While it may vary depending on who performs the inspection, a multi-point inspection generally includes a review of the car’s mechanical and cosmetic conditions. These are the five checkpoints included in a SureSale multi-point inspection: 

Under the Vehicle 

The under the vehicle check focuses on frame, structure, suspension, and transmission. The technician will determine if the suspension system is free of leaks and wear, and will check that the axle shafts are operating well with no sign of damage. 

Under the Hood 

The under the hood check assesses the vehicle for any fluids that may have entered through cracks and leaks. The technician will also check the belts and hoses to make sure they are free of discoloration and damage. This portion of the inspection will confirm whether or not the air conditioning and heating systems work properly, and if the battery needs to be replaced. 

The under the hood check is important in making sure the engine coolant is working, as well as avoiding an overheated engine, and deterioration of power steering and the electrical charging system

Wear & Tear 

The wear and tear portion of the multi-point inspection focuses on the interior and exterior appearance of a used car. The technician will assess whether the paint, carpet, door panels, and seat upholstery are in good condition and will decide if any replacements are needed to restore the vehicle’s quality appearance. 

Wheels, Tires & Tread Depth 

Checking the condition of the wheels and tires is critical in determining the safety of your car. A trained technician will check the tread depth of the tires, search for any dry-rot or excess wear on the sidewalls of the tires, and will confirm that the spare tire and tire repair kit are present and viable. In addition, the technician checks to make sure that the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is functional to alert you when the tire pressure is too low. 

Interior & Exterior Operational Functions 

In the interior and exterior operational functions portion of the inspection, a technician will check the interior and exterior lighting to see if repairs or bulb replacements are needed. This includes checking the interior lights, headlights, parking lights, reverse lights, brake lights, tail lights, and hazard lights. 

Then, the technician will assess the mirrors to make sure they are adjustable and not broken. Additionally, this part of the multi-point inspection is focused on assessing the functionality of the horn, door operation, and backup sensors. 

When Should I Get a Multi-Point Inspection? 

Not only is a multi-point inspection helpful when shopping for a used car, but it should also be done routinely to keep your car in the best possible condition. It is recommended that you take your car in for an inspection every one or two years, or before taking a long road trip. A multi-point inspection will keep you safe on the road and give you a sense of security when driving your used car. This inspection is also beneficial for sellers because it can give your buyers confidence in the quality of the car, enabling you to raise the asking price. 

Get a SureSale Vehicle Quality Report 

With a SureSale report, you’ll be getting all of the information listed above in a multi-point inspection, with the addition of a vehicle history report and road test. Get easy to access car facts and be sure about your used car with SureSale.