Congratulations! You’ve booked yourself a brand new car and are now eagerly awaiting delivery. After all hard work in researching and choosing, there’s just one last step – taking delivery of your car and along comes the pre-delivery inspection.
Pre-delivery inspection, also known as PDI, is an important task which can save you a lot of money and time if done correctly. Remember, once a car is registered in your name, it is highly unlikely that the unit would be replaced, in case any defects are found. So it is critical to inform your dealership that you would like to inspect your car before registration formalities begin.
Don’t worry. We’ve made a list of a few small but important points for you to check on before you get the car registered in your name.
Note: Our PDI Checklist is now available as a PDF file which you can carry with you. You can download the PDF here
1. Confirm the date of delivery with your dealership. Go only after the car has been prepared and is ready.
2. Take delivery of the car during day light hours. Mornings and early afternoons work best for several reasons
3. Take a relative / friend along .They might notice things that you have missed out on.
Things to Carry Along
Documentation: Make sure that you carry all required documentation with you. This may include Driving License, forms, receipts etc.
Payments: If any payment formalities are yet to be completed, carry along the relevant Documents / Cash / Credit Cards.
Camera: To take photographs of your new family member to all your loved ones. At the same to identify some defects.
Music: Carry a CD / USB drive with your favorite music (best sound quality) on it to test the car music system.
Gift & Sweets: Take a token gift along for the sales guy and some sweets to celebrate the happy occasion
Checklist: Two printed copies of this PDI check list – One for you, one for your friend./relative.
Pre-delivery inspection Checklist
A new car pre-delivery inspection is huge task and it is better to do one thing at a time and avoid multitasking.
To get started, you split pre-delivery inspection into three phases – Vehicle Inspection, Test drive and Paperwork. Find the checklist for each phases below.
1. Vehicle Inspection
Do the car inspection in an open space. There should be adequate sunlight on the car. Avoid shadows.
Make sure each item should look clean and brand new and have no marks or scratches. Components such as switches, buttons or knobs must work smoothly and as expected. There should be no signs of broken plastic parts, cut/re-joined wires or oil spills anywhere.
Walk in and around the car and inspect below listed components in detail.
- Front and Back Windshield
- Wheels and Tyres.
- Doors and Locks.
- Boot lid and bonnet lid.
- Front and Back Number PlatesInterior
- Door Panels
- Roof Liner
- Interior lamps
- Floor and Mats
- Gear Oil
- Brake Oil
- Engine Oil
- Transmission Oil (for Automatic Cars)
- Spare Wheel an Tyre
- Toolkit (if provided)
- Jack and Spanner
- Use CD, USB, Radio, Aux input options
- Set the volume you would normally listen to music at.
- Test the controls such as tone, bass, equalizer, etc.
- Test each speaker through the fader controls.
- Listen for any crackling, disturbance or jarring sounds.
At the end, take one photo of car from each side – front, back, left, right. And angular shots from all four corners.
2. Test Drive
Test drive the car with the sales person in the passenger’s seat next to you.
Ask the sales person to walk you through all the features of the car and understand how to use them correctly.
Start the car and check each electrical component to your satisfaction.
- Odometer (ideally under 100 km.)
- Head lights
- Air conditioner and heater
- Rear lights
- Parking lights
- Brake lights
- Parking System
- Central locking
- Remote key locking system
- Steering mounted controls (if equipped)
- Digital information display (if equipped)
- Fog lights (if equipped)
- Ensure the car is turned off and test the gear shift.
- Start the car engine in single crank
- Look for any warnings on instrument cluster
- Test the acceleration and braking of the car.
- Check reverse gear & sensors (if equipped)
- There is should not be any suspicious noise, vibrations or smell.
- Ascertain there are no suspicious indications/leakages after a test drive
- Ask for the duplicate key to the car. Make sure you can lock and unlock the car with it and also start the car with it.
Read the paperwork! Don’t take anybody’s word for anything. Make sure the below listed are provided:
- Sales Certificate
- All payment receipts including road tax and octroi (if applicable)
- RC Book or Temporary certificate
- Insurance Policy
- Car Warranty Documents
- Warranty card for Battery
- Warranty card for Music System
- Warranty card for Other Accessories
- Original PUC certificate.
- Free Service Coupons ( if applicable)
- Owner’s Manual
- Accessories’ Manuals
- Extended Warranty (If opted for).
- Roadside assistance Contact details.
- Business cards of dealership and service personnel.
Double-check the spelling of your name on the documents. Also Double-check that the vehicle registration number, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Chassis Number and Engine Number are mentioned correctly.
And Finally distribute chocolates/gifts that you have brought and drive off with your brand new car. That’s it!