Pre-Purchase and Pre-Sale Inspections: What We Check

Multi-point inspection covering the entire vehicle

Click here to see sample inspection reports or a sample certification report

Our specially trained mobile inspectors will travel to the vehicle and conduct a 3- to 5-mile test drive along with a comprehensive visual inspection of the exterior, interior, underneath the car and the engine compartment. They typically take 30+ photos.

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

Test Drive check points include:

  • Mileage before and after test drive is recorded
  • All fluid levels in range
  • Wheels and tires w/tread depth
  • Lights
  • Starting and idling
  • Braking
  • Steering
  • Turning
  • Shifting
  • Engine operating and water temperature
  • Acceleration
  • Any visible signs of fluid leaks

Our inspectors also do a Comprehensive Visual Inspection of the following items:

  • All door and lid latches
  • Seat belts if applicable
  • Windshield wipers/washer
  • Scratches, pits, cracks on windshield and/or windows
  • Scratches, dings, and dents on body panels
  • Previous body repair
  • Previous paint work
  • Body panel alignment
  • Upholstery and carpet condition
  • Functionality of electrical components
  • Functionality of standard features such as mirrors, emergency brake
  • Dashboard features such as lights and voltage meter
  • Evidence of smoke or pungent odors
  • Testing of vent/heater or air conditioning and heating where applicable
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) verification
  • Gauge cluster/odometer
  • Observable condition of the exhaust system
  • Previous collision damage
  • Test and visual inspection of rust corrosion
  • Visible condition of the oil pan and transmission
  • Previous under carriage repair

The Road-Ready Inspection includes a test drive. By test driving the vehicle, the inspector will gain valuable information about the vehicle. The inspector will either drive or ride along with the owner or the owner's representative. Road-Ready Certified and its inspectors reserve the right not to participate in the test drive in the event that the he deems the vehicle, road and/ or weather conditions as hazardous for driving. The inspector makes the final decision.

*This is not an all inclusive list of what we check.


All users of the Road-Ready Certified Program should be aware that a classic vehicle will not meet current active and passive safety standards and that the vehicle will both drive and respond in a very different manner to current general purpose vehicles.

NOTE: Road-Ready Certified inspects the general condition of items such as tires and brakes; however it is NOT a safety inspection. It is the vehicle driver's responsibility to ensure that the vehicle can be driven in a safe manner.

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