Common vehicle inspection checklists
Vehicle inspection checklists can be divided into four categories: interior, under vehicle, under hood, and exterior. But keep in mind that if your shop does a multi-point inspection, it’s likely that your tech will tackle each of those categories.
The main different types of vehicle inspection checklists are:
- Fluid Inspection: A check-up on a vehicle’s essential fluids, including engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, and differential fluid. This inspection is prompted by a leak or a specific problem related to their car’s fluid levels.
- Maintenance Inspection: A routine inspection to ensure the vehicle is in good working order. It‘s common for the maintenance inspection to be a part of regularly scheduled tune-ups. This inspection is prompted when a customer’s vehicle has reached a specific mileage, and they want to be extra cautious before they exceed more miles.
- Diagnostic Inspection/Test: An on-board diagnostic check where you’ll use an OBD scanner to check for issues related to the engine, transmission, oil tank, throttle, and more. This inspection is prompted when a customer's check engine light is on.
- Exhaust Inspection: Helps uncover any potential exhaust system leaks or clogged catalytic converters. They can include inspecting everything from the manifold or headers down to the tailpipes. This inspection is prompted when a customer is experiencing an unusual odor or sound coming from their vehicle when they drive it.
- Courtesy Inspection: A visual inspection of common components typically done during another repair. This inspection is prompted when a customer is getting a repair done on their car, and your technician wants to double-check that their tire pressure isn't low, their windshield wiper fluid is topped off, etc.
- Multi-Point Inspections: The most thorough types of inspections. Many auto repair shops will choose to do multi-point inspections to ensure each area is accounted for during a vehicle inspection. They are usually prompted by one—or several—of the above prompts.
Different Vehicle Inspection Systems
Although these are some of the most common vehicle inspections, it’s important to remember that the way one inspection is conducted at one auto repair shop may be different than the way it is conducted at your shop.
And what works when you first open your shop will look different years later when you’re expanding your shop.
Carbon Copy Vehicle Inspection Forms
This method can become unwieldy when you need to make a change to an inspection, and you don’t have the ability to easily go in and edit the template to your liking.
Printable vehicle Inspection forms
Printing out vehicle inspection checklists and jotting down your findings can lead to errors due to disorganization and the potential for illegible handwriting.
On-premise Inspection/Shop Management Systems
With most on-premise systems, someone will have to run back and forth from the car to the computer to complete the vehicle inspection checklist.
Cloud-based Inspection/Shop Management System
With some cloud-based inspection systems, you can create multiple vehicle inspection checklists with just a few clicks, and the system will save them for you—both the vehicle inspection checklist template and the copy of the completed inspection.
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By implementing the right vehicle inspection technology and checklists in your auto repair shop, you'll save time, reduce errors, and enhance customer satisfaction. Your technicians will have all the necessary information at their fingertips, enabling them to provide fast and accurate repairs.
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