One of the most common tasks an auto mechanic has to perform on a daily basis is car inspections. From quick oil change inspections and full pre-purchase inspections on used cars, 60 points dealer inspections to pre-delivery inspections, and even inspections on cars for title loans. If you work in a car dealership, you have plenty of those professionally designed vehicle inspection forms already at your disposal, but if you work in a small repair shop it gets a little more complicated.
You either have the choice to buy full custom inspection forms from professional printing services or use some car inspection forms apps. But these tend to be a bit expensive, especially for smaller auto repair shops. What you could do, then, is try to find free generic vehicle inspection checklists on the web. Sadly, these are often too generic or a bit out-of-date with sections for carburetor cleaning or spark plug wires inspection (which we rarely need these days). So after being frustrated trying to find suitable free forms that I could really use on the job, I decided to create my own and, of course, share them with you.
By the way, if you run an independent shop, I would suggest you have a look at Autoflow, a revolutionary software designed for auto repair shops, which helps shops step into technology and streamline their inspection process without the need for paper forms.
But I digress — here’s what I came up with!
- Quick Inspection Form
- Medium Inspection Form
- Full Inspection Form
- Air Conditioning System Inspection Form
- Cooling System Inspection Form
- Motorcycle Quick and Full Inspection Forms
Please let me know what you think of them. I included the .png and the .svg files. If you want to use the file as-is, download the .png, but if you want to customize it to better suit your needs, you can download the .svg file and open it with Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. If you are like me and you obviously aren’t a professional designer and subsequently can’t afford these expensive softwares, I would recommend you use Inkscape, which is totally free (I personally use Inkscape and Gimp 2 for all the designs for this website). Also, if you do customize one, send me a copy so I can post it here.
For more info on how to customize any of these templates using Inkscape, click here!
Also, the font used on all of these templates is Volkswagen Bold free font which you can download for free here:
Quick Inspection Form
This one is for quick inspections performed during oil changes (typically, A-services for most car manufacturers). Customers really like being able to visually see what their car looks like, and it helps them visualize what they will have to fix next and how quickly it needs to get fixed. It also serves as a reminder (we all know too well that customers tend to forget what we advise them to do), and worth mentioning, it makes you look way more professional and all that for free!
Medium Inspection Form
This one is for bigger inspections like the ones you perform with brake, coolant, or transmission fluid services (B-services for most manufacturers with A, B, and C scheduled services). You can still use it for quick oil changes since it’s pretty concise, but it does require you to remove the wheels to check the brake pads and rotors. I personally use these forms the most.
Full Inspection Form
These are for more thorough inspections like pre-purchase inspections.
Air Conditioning System Inspection Form
Cooling System Inspection Form
Motorcycle Inspection Forms
I hope you like it. These are all the forms I could think of for now, but let me know if you need anything else or if you need help customizing them to suit your needs (or check out this post on how to customize any of these templates using Inkscape by clicking here!).