172-point pre-purchase inspection

172-point pre-purchase inspection

Before you lease any of our cars they must pass our comprehensive 172-point check, which ensures you get a car that’s in top-notch condition.

Manufacturer-trained mechanics and technicians complete all your vehicle checks at our state-of-the-art Preparation Centre – so you can trust your car will perform as soon as you step inside.

As an extra precaution, we test-drive all our vehicles both before and after our checks to ensure it meets our high standards.

172-point pre-purchase inspection
Inspected by our experienced team

Careful preparation

Inspected by our experienced team

Inspected by our experienced team

“It’s my team’s job to ensure you get your vehicle in pristine condition. There’s nothing worse than receiving a car only to discover it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

We inspect our cars with unrivalled precision – whether it’s petrol, electric or automatic, and we won’t let any car leave unless it passes our thorough testing.

If you want to learn more, here’s a breakdown of our vehicle checks”

– Colin Shaw, Preparation Team Leader

What do we check?

1 Check engine shield (if fitted)
2 Check fuel pipe hoses for leaks, damage and positioning
3 Check fuel tank for leaks, damage and positioning
4 Check fuel breather for leaks, damage and positioning
5 Check engine for leaks
6 Check cambelt status & replace if required
7 Service/CBS elements as required
8 Check fluid levels in the engine compartment and top up as necessary
9 Check coolant strength
10 Check the coolant service history
11 Check all fuses and pliers are correctly fitted in the front power distribution box
12 Check the strength of the wash reservoir
13 Fill wash reservoir
14 Check and clear all fault memories
15 Following road test, recheck all fault memories
16 Check battery status
17 Start the engine from cold and check for engine noise
18 Check driveline operation and ensure there are no abnormal noises
19 Check accelerator pedal operation
20 Check the exhaust system for leaks
21 Check the exhaust system for security
22 Check the exhaust system function
23 Check all brakes for leaks and damage
24 Check all brakes for positioning of lines and hoses
25 Check all brakes for binding corrosion
26 Check all brakes for disc corrosion
27 Check all brake pads for wear
28 Check inner brake pad thickness
29 Check outer brake pad thickness
30 Check brake disc thickness
31 Check brake fluid level
32 Check handbrake operation/balance
33 Check the underside of the vehicle for damage and corrosion
34 Check the underseal
35 Check all underside hoses
36 Check all underside clips
37 Check all underside unions
38 Check all underside for residue and clean
39 Check lower paintwork for damage and defects
40 Check all lights for damage
41 Check lower trim for damage
42 Check front grille for damage
43 Check all bumpers for damage
44 Check spoiler for damage
45 Check front lights for positioning
46 Check rear lights for positioning
47 Check lower trim for positioning
48 Check front grille for positioning
49 Check all bumpers positioning
50 Check spoiler for positioning
51 Check all tyre tread depth
52 Check front tyres for cuts, lumps and bulges
53 Check front tyres for any other damage
54 Check rear tyres for cuts, lumps and bulges
55 Check rear tyres for any other damage
56 Check front wheel alignment
57 Check rear wheel alignment
58 Check the condition of any alloys
59 Check the condition of exterior trims
60 Check front door mechanics
61 Check rear door mechanics
62 Check bonnet closure mechanics
63 Check boot closure mechanics
64 Check the condition of side glass
65 Check windscreen for damage
66 Check all the above hoses
67 Check all the above clips
68 Check all the above unions
69 Clean residue on all the above
70 Check front wheel bolt torques
71 Check rear wheel bolt torques
72 Check fuel filler central locking
73 Check mirror operation
74 Check the condition of windscreen wipers (including rain sensor if applicable)
75 Check operation of windscreen wipers (including rain sensor if applicable)
76 Check headlamp including dip and main beam
77 Check headlamp alignment
78 Check operation of headlamp cleaning system
79 Check number plate lights
80 Check fog lamps
81 Check front indicator and side repeaters
82 Check rear indicators
83 Check parking lights
84 Check brake lights
85 Check reversing lights
86 Check front hazard warning lights and side repeaters
87 Check rear hazard warning lights
88 Check operation of windscreen washers/wipers (including rear where applicable), set aim pattern as required
89 Check the status of spare tyre or mobility kit
90 Check tools
91 Confirm correct locking wheel bolt adapter is in tool tray
92 Check wheel brace
93 Check jack
94 Check chock
95 Check warning triangle
96 Check boot interior illumination
97 Check first aid kit is complete
98 Check tie-down point covers are fitted
99 Install/replace tie-down point covers where necessary
100 Check boot central locking system
101 Check front door central locking system
102 Check rear door central locking system
103 Check function of DWA/alarm
104 Check interior lights operate from all doors, keys and handles
105 Check all seat belts for damage, operation and security
106 Check interior mirror operation
107 Check display monitor
108 Check all interior trims for damage, security, alignment and discolouration
109 Check operation and full travel of all windows
110 Check operation and travel of sunroof/convertible roof
111 Check all heater controls at all speeds
112 Check all air conditioning at all speeds
113 Check all blowers at all speeds
114 Check rear window demister
115 Check heated windscreen
116 Check glove box light operation
117 Check glove box lock operation
118 Check cigar light operation and 12-volt interior accessory points
119 Check horn (all segments)
120 Check/adjust all on-board settings
121 Check all information systems
122 Check all communication systems
123 Check the number of keys supplied with vehicle matches diagnostics
124 Record the key position of each key according to diagnostics
125 Disable any used keys that aren’t present
126 Check airbag status
127 Check CBS data is correct
128 Check emergency phone number is stored
129 Check Bluetooth operation
130 Clear all entries from system navigation
131 Clear all entries from hard drive
132 Clear all entries from Bluetooth
133 Clear all entries from favourite and notepad buttons
134 Check welcome lights
135 Check all parking cameras
136 Check all interior lights switches
137 Check all interior illumination
138 Check all instrument illumination
139 Check all switch illumination
140 Check all general illumination
141 Check all handbooks, supplementary handbooks and that any relevant literature is present in the vehicle
142 List any non-approved accessories or equipment fitted to the vehicle
143 Check operation of all instrumentation
144 Check onboard computer/monitor operation
145 Check for wheel imbalance
146 Check cruise control operation
147 Check for wind noise, rattles and vibrations
148 Check operation of any optional extras fitted to the vehicle
149 Check overall condition of front suspension
150 Check overall condition of rear suspension
151 Check shock absorbers for leaks
152 Check shock absorbers for positioning of spring rubbers
153 Check clutch hydraulic systems for leaks and damage
154 Check clutch hydraulic systems for positioning of lines and hoses
155 Check prop shaft and couplings
156 Check final drive for damage
157 Check final drive for leaks
158 Check shaft gaiters for damage
159 Check shaft gaiters for leaks
160 Check transmission and inspect for leaks
161 Check clutch fluid level
162 Check clutch operation
163 Check transmission operation including all functions
164 Check steering box/rack for leaks
165 Check the condition of track rods
166 Check the condition of front axle joints
167 Check PAS pump for damage
168 Check PAS pump for leaks
169 Check PAS hoses for damage
170 Check PAS hoses for leaks
171 Check rear axle operation
172 Check steering operation

Customer Testimonials

How do customers rate our pre-purchase inspection?

  • I bought my car online and had it delivered. This is where the nerves kicked in. Andy Schofield kindly greeted me. He delivered my car and checked it all with me all while social distancing.
    The car was exactly as described and showed in pictures. It’s stunning and perfect, gave me a smile from ear-to-ear, and drives beautifully.

    Saul Woods
  • The car was delivered and it was exactly like the pictures. I was allowed to observe the car in detail and check if there was anything out of the ordinary. All the checks were done properly.

    Ezgi Gökhan
  • Awesome experience all round. Love the security of a multi-point check, coupled with a service and MOT and genuine all-round let-us-take-care-of-you attitude.

    Gavin Jacobs

Collection & Delivery

Get your car on your terms

Collect from our showroom

Collect from our showroom

You can arrange to collect your vehicle from our state-of-the-art showroom in Blackburn, Lancashire. Our team follow social distancing measures and we sanitise all our cars to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact your account manager to find out what you need to bring on the day.

Delivered to your door

We deliver to your door

If you want convenience, we can deliver your car to any UK address at a time it suits you. After your paperwork is complete, we aim to deliver your car within 72 hours – if you’ve ordered a new car it’ll come direct from the manufacturer. Contact your account manager to find out what you need to provide when your car is delivered.


Inspection and preparations FAQs

If a car doesn’t pass our inspection, we don’t sell it. It’s as simple as that. We only advertise Approved Used vehicles which have passed our stringent checks, giving you total peace of mind when choosing Hippo Leasing.

Our manufacturer-trained technicians take their time when looking over each car, ensuring it meets our high standards before giving it their seal of approval. A full Hippo Leasing pre-purchase inspection takes around four hours.

Everything you see above is covered in our pre-purchase vehicle inspection. We also make sure that all our cars have at least six months MOT remaining before being delivered, so you can be confident in the safety and quality of the vehicle you choose.

No, there’s no extra charge for the inspection. We only want to sell Approved Used cars we’re proud of and those which we know are safe so you can enjoy your driving experience. That’s why we don’t charge for it.

No, there are no additional costs. Even if we need to carry out an MOT on the vehicle before it goes on sale – which we do if it’s going to expire within six months – we cover the cost. It’s all to make sure you’re confident and safe behind the wheel of any Hippo vehicle.

No, we carry out the inspection before the vehicle goes on sale. So, if you can see a car you like on our website, you can lease in the confidence it’s already been approved by our manufacturer-trained technicians.

We provide a complimentary warranty when you lease or purchase any of our Approved Used vehicles to get you going. Though, you can choose to extend your vehicle warranty with us for total peace of mind. Speak to your Account Manager for more information.