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Car Inspection

Having a vehicle in UAE is no longer a luxury but rather a necessity as it enables you to visit all the incredible landmarks and places. Not everyone can afford a brand-new vehicle, and buying a secondhand car comes with a lot of potential risk. That’s why is absolutely necessary for you to make you get your car inspected in Dubai.

You should always make sure your vehicle inspection in Dubai is done by a certified technician who has the state-of-the-art tools at a specialist workshop so they can properly inspect and diagnose your potential next car, giving you a detailed report so you have a clear idea on the condition of the vehicle.

Vehicle Inspection

At zDegree, we understand that buying a used car is a big deal which is why we have vehicle inspection centers all around UAE. Each of our workshop has a dedicated car inspection station where we run a detailed over 80-point car inspection where we check your engine, HVAC, drivetrain, brake, electrical are more. All our technicians have a Pre-Purchase Checklist (PPC) where each car is manually checked and graded. Once the detailed report is completed, our technician will have a one-on-one with you where they walk you through the report and highlights any major red flags.

Our Vehicle inspection center in Abu Dhabi is located in Musffah, Abu Dhabi which has all the tools and certified technicians and we are proud to be considered by the best car inspection center in Abu Dhabi.

Below is the detailed list of all the things we go through in our PPC:

Pre-Purchase Checklist (PPC)

Engine:

  • Engine valve cover gasket(s) (VCG)
  • Engine oil pan gasket(s) (OPG)
  • Engine crankshaft front oil seal
  • Engine timing case gasket(s)
  • Engine oil filter housing gasket
  • Spark plugs profile gasket(s)
  • General oil leaks (pressure switches, O-rings, etc)
  • Engine alternator belt (No. of belt ribs matching pulley ribs, condition of belt ribs, dryness of belt)
  • Engine water pump belt (No. of belt ribs matching pulley ribs, condition of belt ribs, dryness of belt)
  • Engine power steering belt (No. of belt ribs matching pulley ribs, condition of belt ribs, dryness of belt)
  • Belt pullies (noise, smoothness)
  • Belt tensioners (Manual belt tension check, running car belt vibration check, leak)
  • Air intake filter (condition)
  • Engine oil filter (condition)
  • Engine mounts (Always change with bolts)
  • Water pump (leaks, noise, vibration)
  • Power steering pump (leaks, noise, vibration)
  • Alternator (Voltage test W/FULL LOAD, Voltage test W/O LOAD)
  • Alternator cooling (if applicable)
  • Engine ticking noise (excessive ticking, irregular ticking)
  • Exhaust color (Black, White, Blue or mixture)
  • Spark plugs (coloration, cracks, threads)
  • Fuel relay pressure (with scanner or pressure gauge)

Cooling System:

  • Coolant level (Note how much coolant is topped up in case of coolant shortage and report)
  • Coolant condition (coloration, slime)
  • Cooing system air content (Use pressure tester and report air bubbles content)
  • General leak test (Use pressure tester when the engine is cold)
  • Cracks in expansion tank
  • Water pump free spin (when belt is disconnected)
  • Engine idle test
  • Condenser fan operation
  • Engine fan clutch (manual stop test)

HVAC:

  • Cabin temperature (laser gun test)
  • AC gas smell
  • Bio smell (moth, humidity, toxins)
  • Compressor clutch operation
  • AC gas leak test (UV test)

Transmission/Drivetrain:

  • Front oil seal
  • Rear oil seal
  • Transmission oil condition (Precipitant test, check for metal/slug content, viscosity, color)
  • Transmission mount(s)
  • Vibration test (P-R or N-D)
  • Shifting performance (Dynamic test)
  • Downshift smoothness/jerkiness (Dynamic test)
  • Shifter temperature (when applicable)

Transfer Case:

  • Oil condition
  • Mount
  • Leaks
  • Drive shaft play (Joint play)

Differential(s):

  • Oil seals
  • Axle seals
  • Oil condition
  • Mounts
  • U-turn performance (Dynamic test)
  • Fig-8 performance (Dynamic test)
  • Highway whining
  • Throttle-induced play (Excessive diff play)
  • Acceleration play/judder

Drive shaft(s):

  • Acceleration play/judder
  • Flex disc condition (dryness, cracks, alignment)
  • Input & output flanges (metal-to-metal noise, manual tolerance test)
  • Check for cracks, discoloration and/or any sanding action

Suspension:

  • ALL bushings (check for dryness, movement)
  • Shocks manual pressure test (Compress)
  • Shocks top mounts/bearings
  • Sway bar end links
  • Control arms/ A-Arms (Check ball joint for play, replace if play is found)
  • Steering tie rods (Manual play test, replace if they twist)
  • Speed bump noise test (Dynamic test)
  • Wheel bearings (Dynamic test)

Brakes:

  • Front discs thickness (mm)
  • Rear discs thickness (mm)
  • Front discs surface (swipe finger across)
  • Rear discs surface (swipe finger across)
  • Front brake pads thickness (mm)
  • Rear brake pads thickness (mm)
  • Front brake pads surface
  • Rear brake pads surface
  • Brake pedal travel (Engine running. Too far? Too hard?)
  • Brake lines and fittings (rust, leaks)
  • Master cylinder (leak)
  • Brake fluid (air bubbles, level)

Electrical:

  • Headlights function (low beam, high beam, fog lights)
  • Tail lights function (low beam, brake lights)
  • Third brake light (function)
  • Indicators operation (Front, rear, side, mirrors)
  • Wipers and washer nozzle (windshield, rear window, headlights)
  • Interior lights (door open, door closed, glove compartment, doors, rear passengers)
  • Speedometer (Speedo, tachometer, trip counter, fuel gauge, water gauge, oil gauge)
  • Check stokes function
  • Cruise control (Dynamic test)
  • Battery voltage (car switched OFF, car switched ON W/FULL LOAD & W/O FULL LOAD)
  • Seats adjustment
  • Sunroof Check
  • Soft Top Check
  • Hardtop Check
  • Blinds Check
  • AC control unit
  • Radio
  • Infotainment screen
  • Windows operation (Check one-touch operation)
  • Steering column operation

Tyres:

  • Production date
  • Cracks
  • Tyre pressure values (ALL 4)
  • Dryness

WARNING SIGNS - WHEN TO BRING YOUR CAR FOR BRAKE REPAIR

You need brake repair when

  • The brake dashboard light glows amber, indicating problems with the anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • The brake dashboard light is red, indicating a system imbalance
  • The brake pedal is spongy or slow to respond
  • You hear grinding or constant squealing during braking

It's high time to have your brakes checked if you happen to notice the aforementioned symptoms. At ZDEGREE Auto Services, we will explain exactly what's required, what's optional and provide you with an estimate before performing any activity.

Call us at 800 933 4 733 and talk to our service advisors.

At zDegree, our certified technicians make sure your potential vehicle is thoroughly inspected using the above checklist and share a detailed report with you, so you are better informed to make a decision. Not sure where we are? Simply search for “vehicle inspection near me” in your maps app and tap on zDegree.

We look forward to helping you make a decision about your next car. Best of luck!