How the Vehicle Inspection Process Works

Vehicle insurance is not complete without an inspection. There are many reasons why a car should be inspected. The car might have been involved in an accident and the carrier will need to assess the damage. Or it may be almost totaled and the insurance company will need to decide if it can be salvaged. To identify hidden damage and determine the ‘health’ of the vehicle, it is necessary to inspect it before leasing. No matter the reason, vehicle inspection can become a lengthy and tedious process if everyone involved isn’t clear on what it involves.

This blog will explain the steps involved in vehicle inspection. We will also be comparing two main methods of inspecting cars, the AI and manual.

The steps of the vehicle inspection process

An inspection of the vehicle will determine if it is roadworthy. Is the car safe for the driver? Is it in need of repairs or maintenance? Vehicle inspectors may also assess how eco-friendly the vehicle is and whether it will emit a lot of carbon dioxide due to internal damage or neglect.

These questions are answered by the vehicle inspection process which includes a series of steps.

1. Verification of identification details

Before the inspector can begin inspecting a vehicle in person, they need to verify certain details about the owner and vehicle. These details are taken down by the broker or insurance company when the customer approaches them to inspect their vehicle. You must know the vehicle’s make, model, year, and VIN number (stamped under your windshield).

2. Preliminary tasks

Before inspecting the vehicle piece by piece, an inspector must first do a few initial steps. These include checking that the car starts, the engine runs and taking down the odometer reading. These are important for proof and later reference.

The inspector can now assess the condition of each part of the vehicle.

3. Inspection of the vehicle

The obvious parts of a car that are damaged are the most visible. This is the first thing vehicle inspectors tackle so they can move on to the more invisible damage. Although there is no specific order, checklists ensure that a thorough job has been done.

These checklists include mirrors and windshields, tail-lights and fenders, doors and tires (for tread depth or grip). The interior includes the steering wheel and windows.

For assessing the vehicle’s damage, some inspectors use a binary broken/not broken checklist, while others use a percentage grade rating. Inspections look for cracks, scratches and dents as well as fitting problems and durability issues.

Vehicle inspectors meticulously record all details during the inspection. To provide visual evidence, vehicle inspectors are strongly advised to take photographs from various angles.

4. Hidden Damages

You can still do a thorough inspection of your vehicle by hand up to this point. Sometimes, however, damage can be hidden from the eye by floods or an accident. This can include rusting, loose wires and moisture damage as well as car part aging. The car must be taken apart to expose the damage. An inspector would prefer to avoid this, except in extreme cases.

Should the Car Inspection in Sydney process be stopped after the physical inspection? No. A human inspector cannot be as thorough as they would like, and B their approval of the damage may not be 100% accurate.

Artificial intelligence is here to help. Artificial intelligence, which uses image recognition and computer vision to scan hidden damage, is able to detect it far faster than even a trained vehicle inspector.


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