Pre-Delivery Inspection & Checklist During Coronavirus Time
Expecting New Car Delivery? Checklist to Get a Disinfected, Cleaned and Properly Inspected Car.
As CoronaVirus outbreak continues to develop across countries including India, some of you want to buy a car immediately for personal mobility. We want to provide a checklist for car buyers to get a disinfected, cleaned and properly inspected car.
What is Vehicle Pre-delivery Inspection?
We are all familiar with the ubiquitous car delivery process wherein we complete all the required paperwork & collect our new car which is presented to us in immaculate condition. Your vehicle arrives at the showrooms from car godowns and stocks situated at places that sometimes blemishes the condition of the car during the transport.
The car undergoes certain procedures and enhancements after it gets received in the dealership. Prior to the delivery of our new car, it undergoes a comprehensive checkup that ensures its pristine condition before it leaves the showroom floor. This whole process done by the experienced personnel is known as ‘Pre-delivery inspection’.
Mechanics & quality inspectors rigorously check all the ins & outs gradually certifying it OK & the vehicle then gets ready to be delivered.
Which Quality Checks are Performed during the Pre-delivery Inspection?
1. Mechanical/Engine - The most integral part of a vehicle, its engine must run properly to ensure performance and mileage. Mechanics check all the engine fluids by filling them on their optimum levels.
- Engine oil
- Brake fluid
- Washer fluid
- Air-conditioning gas
They also test for any leaks and damages in pipes and wire connections that may create future problems.
2. Tire Condition - All the wheels of the car are checked and proper air pressure is maintained. The inspector also goes through the spare wheel and ensures necessary tools are present in the vehicle to perform a tire change.
3. Lights - All the exterior lighting such as parking lights, headlights, tail lamps, side indicators, reversing light, number plate lights & front-rear fog lamps are checked and made sure they work correctly by providing a good throw.
4. Wipers - Wiper motor speed and blades of the wiper also undergo a check where the blades are changed sometimes. The windshield washer nozzle is also aligned correctly to spray aptly on the glass.
5. Paint, Body Damage & Other factors - The technicians also check for body damage and other defective parts and change them if necessary.
6. Remove Packing - Any protective plastics and other layers of coating used for transit are removed in the pre-delivery inspection
1. Doors & Windows - Power windows and door locks are tested and made sure that windows winders are working with enough speed. Doors are also greased and settings are done to make sure that they are closed with a proper thud. Locks and remote keys of the car are programmed correctly for ensuring all the functions on the key fob work well.
2. Air conditioning - Air conditioning is tested and serviced if required by filling gas and cleaning the condenser.
3. Interior Lights - All the interior lighting on the doors, roof and various sensors in the cabin are checked.
4. Infotainment System & Other - All the speakers of the car are in working condition, all functions of the infotainment system are working fine, AC displays, instrument cluster are accessed to find any warning light flashes. Seat belts are pulled and clicked to make sure they work correctly. Handbrake and braking systems are checked too to maintain the stopping ability of the car.
5. Disinfecting Frequently Touched Areas - Steering wheel, dashboard, seats, armrests, seat belts, handbrake, gear lever, infotainment system and door handles
Where & How the Pre-inspection Takes Place?
- Car inspection protocol depends on the manufacturer. The car gets a quick inspection in the factory itself but dealerships and showrooms also do a thorough check of various aspects of the car. When a car is ordered by a customer, the dealership allots the vehicle from its inventory and the pre-delivery inspection is done after the payment and registeration
- It depends on the manufacturer but usually, the inspection is done at the service stations of dealerships.
- Once the car is allotted, it is driven or transported to the dealership.
- Sometimes the dealer mechanic also drives your car for some kilometres to make sure that the steering alignment, traction control, and other advanced driving aids of the onboard electronic functions are working well. After the car successfully clears the pre-inspection, then the car is taken for a wash and cleaned from the inside and outside.
- Enhancing the car’s shine, some dealers also polish the vehicle for a mirror-like finish.
- If your car is an imported or luxury vehicle, it may take up to 1-2 days depending on the carmaker. The pre-delivery inspection of mass-market cars takes a couple of hours.
How to get a Properly Inspected Car Delivered Safely?
While getting delivery of your vehicle, make sure that it is inspected correctly and all functions are in working condition. Any faulty parts should be changed and design defects should also be brought in attention. Ask for a Pre-delivery inspection report and check if all the points mentioned by the car manufacturers have been checked
We wish you a happy & safe driving. Enjoy your new car with your family. Please remember to follow the driving instructions and follow traffic rules for your own safety.
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