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November 20, 2014

Pre Delivery Inspection of Car

Call couple of days in advance to confirm the delivery date and time to avoid any disappointment in case dealer is unable to deliver the car for what so ever reasons on that appointed day.

a) Third Person: It’s always a good idea to take a relative / friend along for suggestions, observations and comments. 
b) Memories: Take a camera along. In case you find any cosmetic defect in the car, a picture will serve as a proof.
c) Be Courteous: Don’t bully around. It’s a nice happy moment and the sales staff is as excited as you are. Treat them with respect, and you will get better service. Don't lose temper and start fighting with people over there, some delays, and minor irritations are quite possible and they do happen! You’re sober, mature and decent behaviour will make a very good impact on the staff over there and that in term will help you in getting better respect and service from them in future.

1) Check date of manufacture
"Form 22" certificate (issued by the manufacturer). You will find the engine / chassis numbers on this certificate, while the month / year of manufacture are on the "road-worthiness" certificate (part of Form 22).
Manufacturer: Honda
VIN Characters: 17 (beginning with MAK...) VIN Number is also used as Chassis Number by some manufacturers. 

  • 9th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
  • 10th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture

An Example:
  • If your 9th VIN character is G, then it represents the Month - July
  • If your 10th VIN character is A, then it represents the Year - 2010
Month Codes:
  • A = JAN
  • B = FEB
  • C = MAR
  • D = APR
  • E = MAY
  • F = JUN
  • G = JUL
  • H = AUG
  • J = SEP
  • K = OCT
  • L = NOV
  • M = DEC
Year Codes:
  • A = 2010
  • B = 2011
  • C = 2012
  • D = 2013
  • E = 2014
  • F = 2015
  • G = 2016
  • H = 2017
  • J = 2018
  • K = 2019
2) Always take delivery in day time so that any colour difference can be noted easily. Getting through your checklist may take couple of hours
3) Check that all lights and electric accessories are working fine. Check for every Electric sign like Handbreak, High beam and door open. Etc. Check for Side Indicators.
4)  Confirm that all the accessories you ordered are fitted on the car. 
5)  Check that the spare wheel is fresh. And that all related tools (spanner, jack etc.) are present.
6) Misc : Wipers (Check by running them), floor matting, first-aid kit & hazard sign. 
7)  Check all the doors, hood, boot whether they are opening and fitting seamlessly.
8) What is reading of car.  It should not be more than a 50 km (or in the whereabouts) for most brands. 
9) Carry a pre recorded Audio cassette / CD to test the Music System in the car.
10) Walk around the vehicle several times looking from as many angles as possible for any damage/repair work. Pay attention to lower end of Bumpers.
11) Check the Battery: No corrosion should be present on the electrodes.

12) Are all power windows operating correctly.
13 ) Start the engine  with the bonnet.
 Let the car idle for 2 minutes and check for leakages.

14) Check for the AC working
15) Ensure that there is enough fuel in the car. At least to get you to the nearest petrol pump. 
16) Duplicate Keys. Is the remote entry working?
17) Original warranty with all relevant dealership stamps.
18)  Extended Warranty.

Now get on with Paper Work
1) Invoice. (Check that the Chassis and Engine number of the car matches with the Invoice and / or Challan).
2) Is your name spelled correctly in Temporary Registration Certificate.
3) Pollution Control and Insurance Certificate.

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