A 128-point inspection is a complete inspection checklist frequently used by dealerships and car manufacturers. This check covers all of the most important factors when choosing to buy a used car, such as whether the structure and frame of the car are working, and whether the components of the engine are in good condition. Before you purchase a car, it's always a good idea to inspect it. Here are some of the things that a 128-point inspection covers.
How Well the Car Drives
A 128-point inspection will take a vehicle on a road test, to determine how it drives and performs. This includes when the car is warming up, shifting gears and accelerating. Brakes, tires, alignment, engines and even windshield wipers will all be tested at this time — essentially anything that would occur while the vehicle is in motion.
How Well the Car Has Been Maintained
The 128-point inspection also looks under the car's hood, at the air conditioning and heating, and the overall appearance of the vehicle. If the vehicle hasn't been well-maintained, it will be obvious in some area of this inspection. If the vehicle has customizations, such as a sun roof or a moon roof, these things will also be inspected, to make sure that they operate as they should. Windows, locks, lights and dashboard lights will also be checked.
How Well the Car's Emissions Are Managed
A separate area of the 128-point inspection also checks to make sure that the car's emissions fit the state's guidelines. Emissions testing is now a critical component to vehicles, especially used cars.
How Well the Car Operates
The car's operation, in general, is going to be checked; these are areas that are not included in driving but instead an additional feature of the car, such as infotainment systems, keyless entry, and so forth. If the vehicle does not pass some of these check list points, it may become a negotiating factor for those who are trying to purchase a used car.
Hybrid Component Inspection
Finally, a 128-point inspection will also go over the major components of a hybrid vehicle. This includes the hybrid battery, electric motor, eCVT, power inverter, inverter coolant level, and "park mechanism." The hybrid battery of a hybrid vehicle is fairly expensive, so this is important.
A 128-point inspection is essentially the best and most comprehensive way to make sure that the vehicle you're buying is in good shape and that there are no noticeable issues with it. If you're interested in a used vehicle with a complete 128 point inspection, come down to Chillicothe Truck and Accessories to check out our current inventory.