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Scoot:
VIN #
Engine #

General

What is the year
What is the mileage
Is the car right hand drive or left hand drive
Is there a clear title
   If so who’s name
   Is it signed
If transmission is manual, is it 4 or 5 speed
What is the tire size
   What is the make on the tires
   How old are the tires
   How much tread is on the tires
What is the rim size
Is there a spare
Is the car driven regularly
When was the last tune-up
Ever any smoke
   On acceleration
   On deceleration
   White smoke
   Grey smoke
   Black smoke
Does the car have Air Conditioning
   Does it work
   What manufacture is it
   Is it front or rear mounted
   Is it factory original (does it have the hydraulic fan clutch)
   Does the unit fit properly under the dash
   or does it protrude out from under the dash
Is the paint a two-tone combination
What are the paint code number(s):
What are all the numbers on the paint code tag:
Any options on car
Is there a sunroof
   What does the handle look like:
   Head rests
   Foot rests
   Factory rear heater/defroster
   Reading lights over doors
   Vacuum door locks
   Parcel nets on front seats
   Two-tone paint
   Fire extinguisher
   First-aid kit
   Etc.

Any documenting paperwork with car
   Owner’s manual
   Service records
   Build card
Any spare parts with the car
How many sets of keys
Does car appear to have been undercoated after it left the factory

Damage

Any rust on car
   Front of rocker panels
   Rear of rocker panels
   Bottoms of doors
   Bottom rear portion of front fenders
   Jack ports
   Front lower edge of front frame rails
   Lower radiator core support
   Inner fenders
   Trunk wells
   Floors
   Top of front fenders behind headlights
Any evidence of rust repair
Any evidence of accident repair

Does the engine ever run warm or hot
   If so, under what conditions
Where does the temp gauge needle sit
When warmed up, where does the oil pressure gauge sit
   Where does it sit at idle
What is the oil level and has it ever been high (cold start valve)
What is the fuel mileage
How are the tires
How are the airbags
How is the exhaust
   Is the exhaust OEM parts

Is the paint original
   Any defects in paint
(chips, flaws, graininess, orange peel, dead spots, etc)

Interior

Does hood release work smoothly
Is hood release hardware in good shape
Does the parking brake work smoothly
Does the parking brake stop after the right amount of travel
Is the parking brake handle aluminum or plastic
Does the parking brake hold the car on hills
Does the car have seat belts
   Are they factory
   What color are the straps
   What type are the latches

Seats

Is the interior leather, vinyl, or cloth
Is it original
What color is it
What pattern is it
Any stitching coming loose
Any cracks in leather
Any holes, tears, abrasions, stains, burns
Any sun damage, especially on top of rear seat

What condition is the carpet in
Are there any dents or scratches in the chrome pieces at the top of the running boards
What condition are the cloth covered trimmers that go around all the door openings in

Door interiors

Do the doors work properly
Do the inside door releases work properly
Do the door locks work properly
Do the window regulators work and are they smooth
Are the window seals frayed
Do the wing windows work properly
Any noise when opening or closing the doors
Are the doors damaged around the door retainers (the travel limiters)
   From being swung too far out too many times
Do the doors stay at the holding detents properly
What color are the door panels
What pattern are the door panels
What condition are the door panels in
Do the door pockets work properly and stay fully closed
When driving, can you hear any wind noise around the doors

Scoot:
Headliner

Is headliner wool or PVC
What color is it
Has any portion of it been replaced
   Particularly around C pillars
Any holes, stains, rot, tears
Does it fit properly around sunroof
   Does sunroof portion still fit
Do the front and rear dome lights work properly
   Do they fit properly
   Do they ever fall out

Wood

What pattern and color is the wood
What is the condition of the finish
What is the condition of the wood
Are there scratches on the wood or adjacent trim from keys
   Hanging from the ignition lock
Any burns around cigarette lighter
Any chips or other damage to package tray
Is finish on the interior of glove box lid the same as the outside
Any delamination of the veneer
Any water damage, especially at lower edge of windshields
Is all the wood there

Steering column

Are the steering wheel, the shift lever, and turn signal lever the same color
   (Either ivory or black), if so, which
Are there cracks in the plastic
What is the condition of the steering wheel pad
   What color is it (ivory or black)
Are there scratches on the steering column
Do the turn signals work
Is the shift linkage smooth and precise
If automatic transmission, does the dash mounted gear indicator work
What type of horn ring does it have
   Is it chrome or mat grey
   Is it circular or flat at the top so that the instruments can be seen easier

Dash

What color is the dash pad
What is the condition of the dashpad
Is the grill over the speaker wood
   or has it been replaced by a plastic part
What is the condition of the wood grill over the speaker
Do all the wood pieces in the dash fit properly
Any damage to the wood or finish,
   especially at the outer ends
Does the key work in the ignition lock smoothly
Do the heater and defroster controls work smoothly
   And are all the handles there
   Are the controls plastic or chrome
   Are the little plastic colored pieces indicating control function there and in good shape
   Is the chrome piece around the controls bright and shiny with no scratches
Does the glove box lid work smoothly and fit properly
Does the glove box light work
   Is there a light window in the lid
What condition is the glove box itself in
Does the clock work
   Is it the original unit
What condition are the other dash mounted controls in
Have any of the controls been added (non-factory installed)

Radio

Is there a radio
   If not, what is covering the area and what does it say, if anything
If so, what type is it (AM, FM, BC, Becker, Blaupunkt, etc.
Does it have the “wonder bar” station seeking
Does it work
Does it sound good
Does the car still have the automatic antenna
Does the automatic antenna work
Are the controls in good shape
Are the visible parts in good shape, including the chrome trim

Instruments

Does the speedometer work
Does it make noise
Is there any cosmetic damage
Do the odometers work
Does the trip reset work, is the knob in good shape
Does the dash light dimming control work, and is the knob in good shape
   Does it dim the lights smoothly
Any lights out in the instruments or elsewhere in dash
Any problems with gauges
   Oil pressure gauge
   Water temp gauge
   Fuel guage
Does the fuel gauge work smoothly or does the needle jump around periodically

Exterior

What condition is the front windshield in
   Does it have pitts
   Does it have chips
   Does it have cracks
   Does it have any “wiper burn”
Is there any delamination or bubbles in it, especially
   At the lower corners
What is the name etched into the glass (i.e. Sekurit)
What condition is the rear windshield in
   Does it have pitts
   Does it have chips
   Does it have cracks
Is there any delamination or bubbles in it, especially
   At the lower corners
What is the name etched into the glass (i.e. Sekurit)

What style are the windshield wiper arms
   Are the chrome finish are mat grey
   Do they work
   Do they sit properly when off
   How long since rubber inserts have been replaced
   Can you hear the wiper mechanism when in operation
Is it noisy

Front of Car

What style of headlights does the car have
   American: Chrome cover surrounding 2 separate lamps bulbs on each side
      With clear plastic lenses between each of the two headlamps
   English: Same as American except orange plastic lenses between each of the two headlamps
   European: headlights covered by a single large glass globe, small orange section at top
Does it have the little orange pointy turn signal indicators between the headlights and the grill
Does chrome trim around the headlight assemblies fit to the fender properly

Is the front bumper straight
Does it have any dings or dents or scratches
Does it touch the car anywhere
Are there any dents or scratches in the body that match up with the bumper
What condition is the chrome on the bumper
Is it very shiny or has it gone dull over the years
Are there “overriders” on the bumper
Are there any holes in the bumper
What is the condition of the inside of the bumper
   It should be covered with a beige colored paint and have no rust

What condition is the grill assembly in
   Is all the chrome very shiny or has it gone dull over the years
Is there a star on top and does it sit correctly
Are there any dings or dents in the chrome shell around the grill
Are there any tears in the shell at the lower edge of the hood
Is the grill itself straight or has it been distorted in any way
In what condition are all the finish pieces on the grill

Is the lower radiator core support straight or does it look like it has hit or been drug over
a parking lot curb

Is the hood straight and does it fit the car properly
   Does it have any dents in it
Are the hood springs still strong or have they lost it over the years
Are the hood springs the same color as the car
Do the two bracing straps on the under side of the hood fit up against the outer sheet metal tightly

Scoot:
Rear of Car

What style of license plate lights does the car have
   American: Separate chrome plated units on either side of license plate
   European: Light assembly on upper surface of rear bumper below license plate
What color are the turn signal lenses (orange or red)
Are any of the lenses in the taillight assemblies, cracked, broken, missing, or discolored
In what condition is the chrome around the taillight assemblies
   Bubbles, pits, scratches, discoloration from exhaust fumes
Do the taillight assemblies fit the car well
Are there any dings, dents, or damage to the body panel in which the taillights sit, under the trunk lid
Does the fuel filler flap fit properly, or is it crooked, dented, does it hit the rear bumper
Does the fuel filler flap have extra holes in it
   How is the license plate mounted
   There should be only 4 holes, only at the outside corners
   (American license plates have to be drilled to fit them correctly)

Is the rear bumper straight
Does it have any dings or dents or scratches
Does it touch the car anywhere
Are there any dents or scratches in the body that match up with the bumper
What condition is the chrome on the bumper
Is it very shiny or has it gone dull over the years
Are there “overriders” on the bumper
Are there any holes in the bumper
What is the condition of the inside of the bumper
   It should be covered with a beige colored paint and have no rust
Is the bumper discolored in the vicinity of the exhaust

In what condition is the lower edge of the body, under the bumper
   Does it look undamaged, or does it have wrinkles, dents, or other damage to it

Sides of Car

Are the tops of the door frames completely covered in chrome trim or are there only slim pieces around the window glass
How is the “C” pillar finished (between the rear door and the rear windshield)
   Does it have a wide chrome, wing shaped, trim piece around a “side facing” air vent
   If so, does it say “300SE” on it
   Does it have a slim chrome trim piece around a “rear facing” air vent
Any dings, dents, chips, scratches in sides of car
What color are the insides of the wheel wells
Any signs of overspray during a repaint
Is factory undercoating inside the wheel wells cracking, or peeling off
Any sign of front tires rubbing against the front frame rails

Are all the brightwork pieces along the sides of the car in good shape
   (around wheel wells, down the side of the body, under the windows)
Are they all there
Any dings, dents, scratches in brightwork pieces
Any pitting or bubbling of chrome on door handles
Do all doors open properly
Do all doors shut properly

Are the wheel beauty rings and hub caps there and in good shape
Are they still shiny or have they gone dull over the years
Any scratches or “curb” marks, or are they bent
Are they the same color as the main body

Lower body edge long trim piece cover the rocker panels
Any dents or scratches
Are they still bright and shiny or have they gone dull over the years
What condition are the inset rubber strips in

Trunk (boot)

Does the trunk lid fit the car well
Does it close properly
Does it open properly when pressing the release button
Does the trunk lid have any dings or dents
Does the bracing on the under side of the trunk lid fit up against the outer sheet metal tightly
Are there any dings or dents or scratches in the top of the panel under the trunk lid
   (the one that items have to be lifted over to put them in the trunk)
Are the cardboard panels on either side of the inside of the trunk there
   Do they stay in place
   Are they “curled”
Any rust at the bottom of the wells on either side
What condition is the trunk mat in (if it’s still there)
Is the spare tool kit there and complete
Are the wheel chocks still there, and are they straight
Is the jack there and in good shape
Is there a spare wheel/tire
   What size is the tire
   What size is the wheel
Is the rear axle carrier mount “flat” or still in good shape
   Should be at least .25” above frame member
Is the plastic cover over the rear axle carrier mount there and in good shape

Under the hood

Is the paint color under the hood the same color as the rest of the car
Does engine start easily
Does it warm up properly
Does it idle well after warm up
Compression
Motor mounts
Subframe mounts
Is the bottom of the subframe dented
Cad plating on hardware, fuel injection lines, etc.
Are fuel hoses in good shape
Cold start valve
Engine blow-by lines properly plumbed
Radiator
Radiator type
Radiator top core support
Radiator hose flexible pieces
Other water hoses
Does injection pump lever return to idle stop by itself
Does injection pump “warm up” properly
Has heater been bypassed
Water pump drive coupling
Belts
Oily around fan clutch
Battery
Intake manifold style
Exhaust manifolds cracked
Water manifold condition
Missing mounting hardware for manifolds
Additional, non-factory wiring under hood
Aftermarket air conditioning
Is brake master cylinder appearance rusty
How long since the brake fluid has been changed
How long since oil/filter change
How high is the oil level
How high is the transmission fluid level
What color is the transmission fluid
What does the transmission fluid smell like
How long since the coolant was changed
What does the coolant look like
How high is it
Does it appear to circulate well after warm up
Does it circulate when the engine is cold

Under the car

Air jack ports in good shape
Are the rubber covers still on the jack ports
   Can paint still be seen behind them
   Can rust be seen behind them
Dents in floor
Dents in lower front frame rails
Any tears in the frame rail around steering box
Any movement of frame rail when steering wheel is turned
Any evidence of frame rail replacement
Scrapes in under coating
Transmission mount
Transmission number
Flex disc
Parking brake cables and rubber boots
Rubber mounts
Bent or cracked frame rails
Exhaust hangers
Driveshaft carrier bushing and bearing
Are U-joints worn
Are U-joints separately replaceable
Is it a 2 or 3 piece driveshaft
Any skid plates under car?
Are shocks the right type or showing any signs of leaking
Is rear axle the right type for the car or has it been replaced with a 109 unit
What is the rear axle ratio (stamped on rear surface)
Is electric fuel pump the right style
   and is the cover in place, and in good shape
Are front fender closing panels (behind front wheels) in place and in good shape

Air Suspension

Air bag condition
Does the air suspension leak down
   If so, how long does it take to come up
What comes out of the air reservoir
Any alcohol in antifreeze unit
Early or late style air valves
Are air lines in good shape or are they rusty
When fully pressurized, can you hear air escape when getting out of the car
Does main air valve work properly

Driving impressions

Is the engine lively and smooth
In hard left and right turns is there any knocking noise from the rear that seems to occur at wheel speed
In hard left and right turns is there any kingpin knocking noises
Does the brake pedal travel seem correct
Is there any noise when braking
With a manual transmission, does the clutch action seem correct
Does the automatic transmission seem to shift up at the right speeds
Does the automatic transmission seem to shift down at the right speeds, and do so smoothly
Is the manual transmission smooth and quite
Does the clutch get quieter when pressing it in
Is the throttle action smooth and predictable
Any humping noise when hitting the brakes while going in reverse
Any knocking noise when hitting the brakes going forward
   Any scraping noise
Does the car stop in a straight line
Does power steering feel positive and easy
Does the steering make any knocking are squeaking noises when turned
Any roaring sound when rolling slowly
Do the tops of the fenders seem to dive more than the rest of the car under hard braking
Do the front fenders seem to shake or bounce when going over bumps
Does the steering wheel shake when going over large bumps
Are there knocking noises (or any kind of noise) when driving on bad roads
Is there any knocking noise when suddenly depressing or releasing the throttle
 

How does the current owner describe the car
What has the current owner done to the car
How does the current owner describe the way the car drives
Why is the current owner selling the car
How did the current owner get the car
How long has the current owner owned the car

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