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Popular Mechanics Used Car Checklist

By Hearst Communications, Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Before you buy a used car, thoroughly inspect it with the help of this 101-point checklist from the automotive pros at Popular Mechanics. It’s fun and easy to use. The app keeps track of problems you spot and stores the information for later, along with photos and your own notes. The goal of this app is to get you, the buyer, to see, feel, and, yes, smell the entire car, which will help you judge its condition.
Note: While this checklist is rigorous, it’s impossible to predict when mechanical or electrical components will fail. Remember, you can always take the car to a certified mechanic for a second opinion.

Good for novices as well as experts: Each question requires a simple Yes or No answer. Most require no tools.
Letter grades (A through F) are updated after every question.
Add photos and notes.
The checklist is divided into eight sections: Basics, Exterior, Interior, Underbody, Engine, Engine Advanced, Powertrain, and Test Drive.
Email your vehicle summary to a friend or trusted mechanic for a second opinion.
Within each section, questions are ranked from highest priority to lowest priority.
See used-car shopping tips and a list of what to bring for an inspection.
You will receive warnings if you answer Yes to the highest priority questions, called Deal Breakers.

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Customer Reviews

The ad glitch fix

To the other commenter: It seems to get stuck on an ad if the wi-fi connection is spotty. When i went to airplane mode it was fine, and when i had a great connection it was fine. Otherwise, it's a great, simple app. Does what it says it'll do, and brings up all the right inspection points.

Excellent app

We purchased a clunker knowing it was bad. But this really helped us figure out how bad it was. We wish that we brought more tools to inspect the engine. For example, we need to pull the spark plugs. Go through the list prior to going to know what advanced tools you need to bring. Good luck!

Get Rid Of MOBILE 1 Ad, NOW!!!!

I was able to use the app, but encountered mobile 1 Oil ad often. Had to power my iPhone off then on in order to get pass mobile oil ad- frustrating. Also, when trying to email my reports , the app crashes.

But for the mobile1 oil ad and the email glitches, this app would easily receive 5 stars. However, today it gets (1) one star, based solely on the intuitiveness of the app, and not its functionality.

Popular Mechanics Used Car Checklist
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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Size: 38.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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