SGS only inspects vehicles newer than 1980 model year. SGS vehicle inspectors are highly trained and experienced specialists. When you order an SGS inspection, you can do so with confidence, knowing that it will be done by the industry’s best. They will evaluate the vehicle’s condition inside and out:


  • Damages/defects (from dents & scratches to flood & fire)
  • Panel alignment
  • Operation of moving parts including the door, hood and luggage lid
  • Prior collision damage
  • Non-factory paint and body work
  • Poor collision repairs
  • Visible damage to structural components
  • The condition of all tires including the spare
  • The tire size, the tread depth, and manufacturer
  • Modifications


  • Proper operation of electrical equipment including lights, seat controls, sound system & gauges
  • A listing of accessories and modifications
  • Presence of all knobs, switches & parts
  • Damage to upholstery and carpeting including cuts, tear, burns, wear & stains
  • Smoke or other odors
  • Proper operation of the heater & air conditioning
  • The mileage & notations of possible odometer tampering

Under Car

  • Fluid leaks
  • Visible condition of the exhaust system
  • Prior collision damage
  • Visible Corrosion (Rust)
  • Damage to visible structural parts
  • Visible condition of the oil pan, transmission housing and suspension system.
  • Poor collision repairs

Under Hood

  • Fluid leaks
  • Engine oil level & condition
  • Damage to visible structural parts
  • Visible modifications
  • Evidence of body work
  • Unusual engine noise
  • Condition of visible belts and hoses
  • Prior collision damage
  • Poor collision repairs

Road Test

SGS recommends an optional 2 to 5-mile road test as part of the inspection at no additional cost, which provides valuable additional information about the vehicle. We must see the vehicle registration and proof of insurance before the road test, which focuses on:

  • Suspension
  • Ride
  • Engine Response
  • Steering
  • Brakes
  • Noticeable operating defects
  • Transmission/clutch
  • Unusual Noises

Road test will not be performed on vehicles registered or insured as collectable or exotic; or if road, weather or vehicle conditions are unsafe in the inspector’s opinion.

150 Critical Points of Inspection
We Inspect More Than 150 Critical Points On A Vehicle. For a complete list, click here.

The SGS Vehicle Inspection Report summarizes condition of vehicle as observed by the inspector at the time of inspection. Ordinary wear and tear and other external factors can change a vehicle's condition and SGS makes no representation about the condition of any vehicle on the date of purchase. The SGS inspection does not use computer or other mechanical diagnostic equipment and is not a substitute for an examination by a qualified mechanic at a properly equipped repair facility. SGS relies on the state registration found with the vehicle to identify the owner and verify the VIN, but does not verify the registration, check for liens against the vehicle or make any representation or warranty about the title of the vehicle. All inspections are subject to Terms and Conditions.

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