Pre-delivery Inspection (PDI) Checklists

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What is a Pre-delivery Inspection?

A Pre-delivery Inspection (PDI) ensures that a newly bought vehicle is ready for the road and safe to drive before handing it over to the customer. It is usually performed at the dealership, where inspectors check every aspect of the vehicle such as the fuel and exhaust system, engine compartment, and electrical controls. PDIs also include a road test to ensure general steering and handling, transmission, and brake operation are in good working condition.

Using a PDI checklist can help lessen vehicles that come back to the dealership with problems, prevent costly recalls, and gain a high reputation of consistent quality for the dealership. This article features:

  • risks of inefficient pre-delivery inspections;
  • powerful mobile inspection checklist app to help with pre-delivery inspections; and
  • free PDI checklists you can download, customize, and use.

Risks of Inefficient Pre-delivery Inspections

Striking the right balance between efficiency and satisfactory work has been a challenge in doing pre-delivery inspections. Vehicle inspectors either waste too much time and energy using paper-based PDI checklists or conduct pre-delivery inspections based on fallible human memory. Here are risks that dealers expose themselves to when they perform inefficient PDIs:

Recurring Issues

Technicians might miss common issues that should have been detected during an effective pre-delivery inspection. Defective vehicles returned to the dealership entail repairs or modifications that could have been accomplished prior to delivery and spending costly man-hours of duplicated work.

Missed Delivery Commitments

Dealers inevitably struggle with delays in the delivery schedule as sold vehicles in the service bay increase. Expect low customer satisfaction when business processes such as customer service and logistics slow down due to inefficient inspections.

Automotive Recalls

At least 24 people have died and hundreds more have been injured because of airbag inflators that hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. Automakers have recalled 50.36 million inflators and replaced 27.2 million of them as part of the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history, involving as many as 70 million to be recalled by the end of 2020. Pre-delivery inspections can help find major recall issues before a single unit is sold or delivered.

iAuditor PDI Checklist App

iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection checklist app, can help efficiently perform pre-delivery inspections, meet delivery commitments, and prevent major recall issues. With iAuditor, you can:

  • Perform pre-delivery inspections offline or online
  • Capture and store unlimited photos of vehicles
  • Schedule regular pre-delivery inspections
  • Assign corrective actions for failed items
  • Automatically generate and share PDI reports
  • Gain actionable insights from recurring issues

To help you get started, here are 3 of the best pre-delivery inspection checklists you can download and customize for free.