VEHICLE CHECK LIST


 

Administrative

Item

Notes

Document automobile

VIN, inservice date,   does car have   balance of factory warranty?

 
Car year, mileage &

asking price.

 
Run car VIN through Carfax.  
Have Audi dealer print   out the service history.  
Timing belt history – original or has it been changed, if so, what mileage?  

 

Paperwork

Item

Included (Y/N)

Notes

Operators   manual    
Radio manual    
Radio security code    
Maintenance history    
Any other paperwork    

 

 

Mechanical Inspection

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Valve covers and head inspected   for leaking.    
Power steering pump and steering rack inspected for leakage.    
Color of coolant in overflow tank.   Must be red.    
Hood release – did it retract when   the hood shut?    
Inspect transmission final drive seal for leakage.    
Inspect rear   differential seals for leakage.    
Inspect (8)   CV joint boots on four   axles. Pay close   attention to outer front boots.    
Inspect brake   rotors and pads.   Estimate remaining brake pad life.    

 

 

Electrical Inspection

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Do headrests go up/down? Check in down position first.    
Does heated steering wheel work?    
Does entire grid of   rear defroster work?    
Operate electric rear window   sunshade and manual rear   window shades (hot weather package only).   Seller indicated one of sunshades   operates to 2/3 maximum travel
Energize all four heated seats.

Somebody must be sitting in them.

   
Does the steering wheel fully extend/retract?    
Inspect the glove   box, does it open/close easily?    
Inspect condition of aluminum shift plate.    
Are xenon headlights installed?    

 

 

Fault Codes

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Pull engine   fault codes.    
Pull transmission fault codes (make sure   the brake pedal   is depressed after   the ignition is switched on to remove brake switch fault code).    
HVAC fault codes.    

 

 

 

Wheels and Tires

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Size of wheels (16”, 17” or 18”).    
Tire size.    
Tire wear pattern.    
Approximate remaining tire life.    

 

 

Road Test

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Transmission shifting including downshifts going   to a slow stop.    
Mechanical “clunks” in drive   train when   stopped with foot   on brake? (D to R to D)    
Turn steering lock to lock, any   noises?    
Does radio operate with no engine   whine or pops?    
Ensure no clunking going around corners from front CV joints.    

 

 

Body and Interior

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Inspect bottom of bumper and engine shield for excessive scrapes   and damage.    
Inspect hood bolts   for factory paint.    
Inspect front fender   bolts for factory   paint.    
Inspect door hinge bolts for factory paint.    
Inspect rear door jam for paint   spray ridge.    
Inspect trunk   bolts for factory   paint.    
Inspect all panels for straightness.    
Inspect interior and leather for rips, stains, cigarette burns,   etc.    

 

 

Accessories

Item

Inspected (Y/N)

Notes

Does the CD changer have a CD magazine in it?    
If the car has navigation, is the local map CD included?    
Is the spare tire included? Full size   or donut?    
Are the spare   keys included? Valet   key?    
Are the floor   mats with the   A8 logo included?    
Are the cup   holders in the front/rear included?    
Is there a first   aid kit in the rear arm   rest?