's Elevates New Car Collection Checklist
Elevates New Car Collection Checklist.
New car collection? Read our full new car checklist.
Picking up a new or used car from a dealership is an exciting day but to avoid any last-minute hitches we have put together a checklist that might help you.
Pick a suitable date and perhaps arrange to take someone else along to enjoy the experience or provide a second pair of eyes for the inspection. Manufacturers like McLaren and Aston Martin also offer factory handovers with full VIP treatment.
Be ready to pay the final balance by electronic bank transfer or a card, alternatively, ensure your finance company will remit the funds perhaps the day before
Make sure you have insurance in place, the dealership will not let you drive away without this. Elevate can help you just drop us a WhatsApp here and we will call you back.
Remember your driver’s licence and any documentation that was previously provided to you for the purchase of the vehicle (e.g. deposit receipt)
Paperwork at the Dealership
Review the final invoice, an HPI check, the stamped servicing record, the current MOT certificate, warranty and finance documents, check the existing V5C match the vehicle (if it’s a used car), receipt for the purchase/contract of sale
Check the is car taxed and in your name as tax is not transferable
Is breakdown cover provided with the car or do you need to arrange or is breakdown part of your insurance?
Make sure you understand the warranty and you get the documentation
Show a proof of insurance, we can email this to you or send a copy directly to the dealership
Tracker ADR key fobs and subscription details – Ask what tracker is installed and who provides the subscription for it
Inspecting the car
If it is dark or wet, it’s difficult to see bodywork problems, therefore in bad weather arrange an inspection indoors and in good light;
Carefully check all body panels, windows and corners, even new cars can have accidents in transit
Check the interior; the fabrics, the dashboard, handles, switches, audio system. Look for any signs of leaks eg. damp areas,
Review key functions such as lights, switches, car alarm, fuel cap, bonnet & boot releases, mirror adjusters, the locking wheel nut key, and spare wheel if there is one
Make sure any accessories that should be included are present
A full tank may be provided and is an electric car fully charged?
If it is a plug-in vehicle or fully electric ensure you understand how to charge it at home or on the road
Ensure you get all the copies of keys/key fobs and check they work
Before driving away be comfortable with the car’s controls and check there’s a handbook
Don’t be shy, if you’re not happy about something make it clear before you leave and perhaps write/email after the handover confirming any open points.