What Goes into the 112-Point Inspection?

Pre-owned Vehicle Inspection

Certified is not a throwaway word we use to make our used vehicles sound better. It means something. To classify as a Certified Pre-owned Volkswagen, a specific car or SUV must first pass through our stringent battery of tests before being confirmed into this officially recognized standard.

And the biggest part of the certification process is the 112-point inspection, in which we check for any defects inside or out, resting still and performing on the road.

Why 112 points? Because we want to make sure that the only surprises you'll encounter with your new Volkswagen are the pleasant ones.


Part I: History and Performance
The first part of the process is considering the used vehicle's history and performance. Only vehicles 7 years old or newer, with fewer than 160,000 km on the odometer can qualify, and even then it's still no guarantee that a car will be able to someday be a Certified Pre-owned Volkswagen.

We'll check the mileage, the maintenance history, any previous claims filed for the vehicle, and then we'll take it out on an initial road test to see how it performs.


Part II: Quality and Appearance
This is where we go on the hunt for any imperfections amidst the interior, exterior, and underbody, taking note of anything that stands out or might seem troubling. Vehicles still in consideration for Certified Pre-owned status at this point will undergo all necessary reconditioning, including a paint touch up and updating the maintenance record.


112 Points: The Complete List
Here, in its entirety, are the all of the facets of a used vehicle we inspect:

Initial Qualification

Initial Qualification
Vehicle age
Vehicle mileage
Vehicle maintenance
Owner's maintenance and warranty manuals
Key set
Vehicle integrity/history
Structural damage
Weather damage
Odometer display

After Road Test

After Road Test
Cooling system
Battery charging
Battery cables
Ignition wires
Electrical system
V-belts
A/C compressor
Cooling fan
Washer reservoir
Engine oil
Power steering
Brake reservoir
Fuel system
Coolant

Interior

Interior
Key fob remote function
Steering wheel
Doors/handles
Warning chimes
Window operation
Console
Side and back windows
Windshield
Seats/headrests
Seat heaters
Seatbelts
Air bags
Mirrors
Clock
Glove box
Instrument lights
Sunroof
Lighter / 12 V outlets
Dome, map and visor lights
Door locks
Alarm system
Upholstery
Carpet / floor mats
Door panels
Headliner
Ignition switch
Warning lights
Onboard systems
Readiness code
ATF fluid


Final Inspection
Aftermarket equipment
Maintenance record
CD changer
Paint touch-ups
Overall condition

Road Test

Road Test
Engine performance
Automatic transmission
Shift lock
Manual transmission
Differential
Clutch
Steering performance
Steering wheel alignment
Suspension
Brakes effectiveness
Parking brake
Heater
A/C system
Speedometer
Horn
Radio/antenna
Cassette & CD changer
Speakers
Wipers/washers
Wiper blades/arms
Cruise control
Excessive noise
Hot start / idle
Odometer reading

Exterior

Exterior
Dents, dings, scratches
Turn signal/marker
Emergency flashers
Antenna
Headlight lens
Headlights
Fog lights
Tail lights
High-mount brake lights
Trunk / rear hatch
Spare tire, jack and tool
Cabrio top

Underbody

Underbody
Wheels
Tires
Tread depth
Wheel covers
Transmission
C/V joint boots
Axles/suspensions
Control arms / bushings
Engine integrity
Shocks/struts
Brake system integrity
Brake pad lining
Brake rotors/calipers
Exhaust
Steering rack
Hoses
Hydraulic pump
Underbody