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The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

If planning on buying a new (second hand car) Before parting with your hard earned brass GET IT CHECKED OUT....

come across one on the dreaded bay of e ok they say its had a new bonnet and bumper in the advert but knowing the car a little lets you into a whole new world of what to look for......

but lets play a little fun game of spot the faults (click to enlarge)

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there are 3/4 that jump out at me straight away
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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

make that 5 faults / issues
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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

First one is headlight misaligned
Washer bottle sitting down (Never looked at mine from that angle)
Missing plastic at the O/S, can see grass.
O/S metal mangled?

Not sure about that earth cable, doesn't look right.
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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

the more i look the more i see hadnt noticed the right hand inner wheel arch trim missing
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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

Suppose i ought to list what i have seen


Front cross member plate looks bent

RHS Chassis leg is bent downwards

Someone has been at the ECU plugs look at the tape on the closest one

Start stop earth lead been cobbled onto a mk1 GP quick release

The starter (i think) Relay from front slam panel isnt there its under dodgy earth post

Ns headlamp bracket snapped

Off side inner wing is mangled

something looks wrong with brake fluid bottle lower spigots


ecu earth tag missing


air box intake bracket looks to be missing
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Its not that hard to notice things being bodged up.

I got fed up of playing "spot the f**ked bits" after the 5th item on the list.
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That Earth lead would send me running to start with

Along with the damaged light tang - it starts saying somebody has crashed it
The battery means they've had troubles and or remove it regulary for some bizarre reason and put a odd easy release on it yes....

I'd be very quick to slam the price or walk away

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That Earth lead would send me running to start with

Along with the damaged light tang - it starts saying somebody has crashed it
The battery means they've had troubles and or remove it regulary for some bizarre reason and put a odd easy release on it yes....

I'd be very quick to slam the price or walk away

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judging by the "new" earth strap i bet the old / original battery was damaged........


Sadly there are a lot of people who know nothing about cars How often on here do you see people asking basic weekly check type questions? this is no slur on them for asking but more a heads up to take someone with you before you hand over your monies :-)

People get new car blinkers on i looked at a evo before this one but the test drive there was something amiss having driven a "straight" GP for about 5 years it drove worse than mine..... Took a mate with me after garage hours first thing he saw was the evidence of a respray which i had failed to spot yet it jumped out at you once you had seen it.... fresh set of eyes and all that
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Joke is im a training mechanic and know the basics of looking over cars

but even i got caught out with a clutch and potential gearbox troubled car....

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Joke is im a training mechanic and know the basics of looking over cars

but even i got caught out with a clutch and potential gearbox troubled car....

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easily done isnt it
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easily done isnt it
Yup
Im still driving around on it now tho....

i brought it was corroded brakes - which i replaced
but missed the Clutch judder as it didnt do it on the test drive - and only once i started driving itmyself

And the gearbox has slowly started to get a little bit noisey

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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

Anyone got a pic of the quick release earth cable out of a car? Is it just the quick release the cable and a spade on the end? id like one for my Bravo.

Before i accidently read andys results i got;

Broken passenger headlight fixing
No drivers wing or damaged
A loose hydraulic or aircon pipe in the bottom of the engine bay (far side of pic)
I think the drivers side chasis leg and inner wing are bent?
Strange earth business

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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

looks like the bumper and bonnet paint dosent quite match aswell
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Re: The importance of a vehicle check / Inspection

I think the rectangle that makes the wing look missing is just a white sticker going brown.
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I think the rectangle that makes the wing look missing is just a white sticker going brown.
Yup, sticker on the headlight unit gone brown.
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