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Pre-Purchase Questionnaire / Evaluation

This questionnaire provides a good baseline of the questions you need to ask before buying any car. It's especially true when you're looking to buy that restoration project. A good fundamental understanding of the true condition of the vehicle will help minimize any nasty suprises down the road.

  • Basic Questions
    • Make/Model/Year/Trim Level
    • Vin # / Engine Id #
    • Mileage
    • How long have you owned the car?
    • How many owners has it had?
    • Why are you selling it?
    • Do you have reciepts / documentation?
    • If so, how far back do the reciepts / documentation go?
    • Is it running?
    • Has it ever been in an accident?
 
  • Legal Questions
    • Do you have the title for this vehicle?
    • Are you the title holder for the vehicle?
    • Are there any liens on the vehicle?
    • Is it a Salvage/Restoration title?
    • Does this vehicle require emissions testing?
    • Is this vehicle currently registered?
    • If not, when was the last time it was registered?
  • Evaluating the car (1 = show quality, 5 = basket case)
    • Overall vehicle conditon: 1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the body: 1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the paint: 1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the interior: 1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the electronics:1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the motor: 1 2 3 4 5
    • Condition of the tires: 1 2 3 4 5
 
  • Testing (if the car is in running condition)
    • Does it start easily?
    • Does it shift between gears smoothly?
    • Does it accellerate smoothly?
    • Any odd/unidentifyable noises from the motor?
    • Do all of the lights work?
    • Do all of the accessories work?
    • Does the vehicle dip overly on a corner?
    • Any odd/unidentifyable noises from the suspension/wheels?
  • ....Add vehicle Make/Model/Year specific questions here....

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