If you work in the automobile industry, then one of the most important duties that you have to your clients is performing vehicle inspections. Sure, you may know how to look for minute details, such as checking for structural damage to the car's lower tie bar, but far too often, people tend to overlook obvious issues.
A walk-around inspection should always be the first step that you and your employees take when someone has hired you to conduct a vehicle inspection. To execute one of these, you should:
1) Begin by checking the car's tires
As someone who is familiar with cars, you know that tires rarely blow out. Instead, what tends to happen is that they slowly begin to deflate until the vehicle cannot be driven. Check to see that each tire has air and if one appears as though it isn't inflated, use a digital tire pressure gauge to check it out. Since each vehicle is different, locate the recommended pressure in the driver's manual.
2) Next, test the lights
Like any tire issue, lights that are malfunctioning can be a safety hazard. All you have to do to test this part of the vehicle is turn on the ignition. Be mindful of headlights, low beams and high beams that are burnt out. Don't forget to examine the brake lights.
3) Lastly, look over the windows
In the event that you notice any cracks in the windows, even if they're tiny, be sure to let the owner of the vehicle know. Any chips can quickly become much worse if they aren't addressed right away.
To help you conduct a vehicle inspection, you may want to consider downloading the IndustrySafe mobile app. This safety software allows you to use pre-built checklists, upload photos and can even be used with or without internet access.