Please feel free to add / edit to make it as complete as possible.
Check panel gaps
Check the soft top / hard top seals tightly to the windows.
Soft top condition, check seams for tears, check cables for tightness & fit.
Check every panel for scratches / bubbling / cracks.
Check for overspray on grills / inner arches / inner sills
Check both doors open from both the outside & the inside!
Gently lift the door to check for play in the hinge
Check bonnet / boot release freely
Take a 13mm spanner & torch with you, remove the headlights and check inside of the front clam for accident damage.
Whilst lights out check for HID's or standard bulbs.
Look underneath front clam for scrape marks or 'grounding'
Is the exhaust heat sheild still there?
Check bottom corners of doors, edges of bonnet, being GRP these are easily damaged.
Check windscreen for stonechips
Check lights for stone chips / exsessive misting / water ingress.
Tyres check for uneven wear, remaining tread.
Wheels check for curbing / scuffing
Is the locking wheel nut present?
Covers on fusebox / relay box?
tyreweld can present?
Does the radiator look like its been used as a tool tray! are the cooling fins bent or 'as new'?
Does the radiator have plastic or alloy ends? bonus for all alloy radiator!
lift the washer bottle & check battery condition & check no acid has ever been spilled from it onto chassis.
Check level & condition of brake / clutch fluid
Check condition of expansion tank, is it yellowed & cracked?
Check coolant level
Check oil level & colour
Check heatshiled for rattles
Remove boot carpet & look for water / body repairs to inner clam.
If possible check tension on aux belt
Check for non-standard items in engine bay & identify.
Exhaust, standard or aftermarket?
Does the drivers seat 'rock' when you try to move it?
Check ALL gauges & switches work, check lights / wipers / hazard lights / indicators / trip re-set on stack dash ect.
Check all dash lights including EML / ABS come on and go off when car is started.
Check drivers seat bolster for wear.
Check plastic sill covers for cracks / damage
Check heater dials move freely and with full range
Does the steering wheel feel 'tight' check for play in universal joint.
Panel behind seats which the soft top bars clip into check for damage / cracks.
Remove the wheels
Check for chassis damage - particularly on wishbone mounting points
Check rear wishbone tops for 'dinks' or marks where it has contacted chassis, especially if running low ride heights.
Suspension, Standard or Aftermarket?
Check coil mounts on suspension for any signs of cracking
Visually check brake pad thickness
Visually check rubber bushes on wishbones / front ARB
Visually check for any damage to toe-links
Ask owner if uprated (10.9) hub carrier bolts fitted?
Ask owner when the car was last Geo'd
whilst car is jacked up look at undertrays for any signs of damage.
Check engine is cold & start the car, does it start easily?
listen for knocking, excessive tapping, or bad mechanical noises!
Check clutch for slippage
Let engine warm up & check engine fan comes on / check temp fan comes on.
when warm check for excessive blue / white smoke from exhaust & identify.
IF POSSIBLE TEST DRIVE, BUT ONLY AFTER SHOWING PROOF OF FULL COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE WITH THE VEHICLES REGISTRATION CONFIRMED ON PAPERWORK, AND FURTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF OF IDENTITY TO THE CARS OWNER, YOUR PASSPORT / DRIVING LICENCE ECT.
CHECK THE V5 IS IN THE SELLERS NAME / ADDRESS
Check chassis number / engine number is correctly listed
DO AN HPi CHECK!
Service history? - No matter the milage yearly or 10,000miles minimum!
Check ALL recipts
Is the 'Red' immobiliser card present?
Is the locking wheel nut number present?
Is the stereo 'code' present?
Edited by MrSimba, 01 January 2013 - 02:27 PM.