Finally, that happy day has come – you pick up your brand new car from the showroom. Of course, you are overwhelmed with joyful emotions, and all thoughts are only about how to quickly test your purchase in business and brag about it to your friends. But do not rush to leave the walls of the car dealership – carefully check whether everything is in order with your “swallow”.

Carefully inspect the car body for dents, try to examine it from different angles – you never know what the vehicle had to endure on the way from the factory to the dealer. Take a closer look at the paintwork – on a new car, of course, there should not be any, even barely noticeable “scratches” and scuffs. Check if the door openings are even if the hood and trunk lid are not skewed.

Pay special attention to the cargo compartment. Be sure to raise the floor of the luggage compartment to make sure that the spare wheel and tool kit is in place. Open the gas tank flap – try to do it both manually and using the lever in the cabin. It will be very disappointing if at the very first gas station you find that the cap is tightly jammed.

It makes sense to open the hood – but does it open at all? Conduct a visual inspection of the engine compartment, then ask the car dealership staff to check the levels of technical fluids with you: brake, washer, cooling and, of course, engine oil. If you want, then do it yourself.

Inspect the interior of the car – are the driver and passenger seats adjustable, are the windows lowered, are the mirrors adjusted. Turn on the multimedia system (if applicable): check the response of the touch screen to your touches and the operation of the speakers. Sit in the back seat to make sure there are no defects in the rear speakers.

Start the engine and let it run a little. After the engine warms up, “play” with the climate control modes – and do not forget about the deflectors. Upon completion of all these procedures, test the alarm and central locking. If the car was “armed” with an additional security system, then ask the seller where the “emergency” buttons are located.

Once you’ve completed your vehicle check, move on to the docs. Check the real numbers of the engine, chassis and body with those recorded in the “paper”. Of course, the VIN must match. Finally, make sure that you are signing the act of acceptance and transfer of the car, and not the deed of gift to your country house. That is, study everything written, carefully reading each word.

If you find any defects already during operation, then remember that the car, in accordance with Article 18 of Law No. 2300-1 “On Consumer Rights Protection”, can be returned. During the first 15 days from the date of transfer of the vehicle, the dealer is obliged to accept the car even with minor flaws, during the first two years – only with serious faults.