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What is a 128-Point Inspection?

What is a 128-Point Inspection?

What is a 128-point inspection and why is it so important to get one before purchasing a vehicle? Essentially, a 128-point inspection is a comprehensive check list that covers all the most important areas of a vehicle to inspect. This inspection ensures that nothing important is missed so that you can be well-informed when you purchase a vehicle. An automobile may have a few items that fail inspection, but these items can then be fixed or negotiated before purchase.

What is Covered Under a 128-Point Inspection?

  • A Complete Carfax History Report. Carfax history reports give details on what has happened to the vehicle previously, which can include everything from minor scratches to being totaled. 
  • A Comprehensive Road Test. This component tests the engine, the brakes and the steering to make sure they are all working properly, as well as all other parts while the vehicle is in motion. Heaters and air conditioners are also tested.
  • The Frame of the Car. The frame, structure and underbody of the vehicle are all thoroughly inspected, to make sure that there is no substantial or visible damage. Fluid levels will also be checked.
  • Emissions. Different states have different laws regarding vehicle emissions. The vehicle will be checked to make sure that its emissions fall within acceptable parameters for the location.

Functional. This is one of the lengthiest areas of the check list, which will include checking the function of all of the items of the vehicle, such as the lights and mirrors. Windows, clocks and radios will all fall under the functional check list.

  • Underhood. The engine is inspected, which includes the air filter, driving belt and hoses, in addition to the engine oil and filter. Essentially, everything that is "under the hood" of the vehicle is checked. 
  • Functional. This is one of the lengthiest areas of the check list, which will include checking the function of all of the items of the vehicle, such as the lights and mirrors. Windows, clocks and radios will all fall under the functional check list. 
  • Appearance. This will cover the overall aesthetic condition of the vehicle, which is important when deciding on the cost of the car. 
  • Additional Items. Sunroofs and other customizations or modifications are going to fall under additional items and will also be tested where applicable.
  • Hybrid items. In hybrid vehicles, batteries and electric motors will also be tested and inspected, and this will fall under a separate area of the inspection.

Who Does a 128-Point Inspection?

Any mechanic can complete a 128-point inspection if desired, and it's a good idea to go through a dealership that is also able to offer these inspections. Many programs, such as the Toyota Certified program, automatically do a comprehensive 128-point inspection when purchasing a vehicle from one of their dealers. When purchasing a vehicle from an individual, you can request that it be taken in for a 128-point inspection before the close of the sale. 

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