Do you need to document vehicle asset inspections via the use of a Vehicle Condition Report? Finding an appropriate vehicle inspection template is challenging with so many “bait and switch” results in search. Well, fret no more, we’ve got your back with a free, downloadable template.
A Vehicle Condition Report provides a solution for containing all the observations of an inspection in an organized manner. The downloadable template you can access below is a complete printable solution for your vehicle condition inspection needs.
We’ll take you through a brief explanation of the template, and some best practices to help you get your inspection process running smoothly. We’ll then ensure that a digital documents solution is addressed. That is one that you can run on your company smartphone, in case a downloadable form isn’t an option.
Included In The Vehicle Condition Report
Inspecting a vehicle’s condition, whether at your facility or on a remote site, you need to have a working solution. Your business and customers rely on solutions. So here’s what we’ve included in the vehicle inspection report template you can see below (watermarked – the downloadable version does not contain a watermark).
The Vehicle Condition Report has five major components to the page to include all the information you need for vehicle inspections. Here’s a breakdown of the sections you will find:
Administrative Information Area
There are four primary components to the administrative information area of vehicle condition reports. These areas consist of:
- Your company name, address, and contact information.
- The client’s name, address, contact, driver’s license, and expiry information.
- The date and time of the inspection.
- The automobile makes, model, year, style, color, VIN, and mileage information.
Vehicle Options Identification
Vehicles come in a wide array of options: a used vehicle, a vehicle online, a new vehicle from a dealership, or a rental automobile. In order to identify the vehicle condition, it is essential to know all the detailed vehicle-based options. The vehicle options identification section has the majority of standard options from wide tires to car or truck drive type.
Vehicle Conditional Locations and Identification
The primary and central component to our vehicle condition report includes a standard extended cab truck diagram and a four dour sedan. The concept is that the vehicle condition report will work for either cars or trucks. However, the report is intended to record the observations from a vehicle inspection of a single car or truck. Not both in one report.
Naturally, there are far too many body types to include within the page, so two common forms are our solution.
The left half of the vehicle condition section has a legend that explains the various issues one might observe and their corresponding code. Following this is an area where the vehicle condition observer might record the locations and observations noted on the vehicle diagrams via a numbering system.
If further clarity is required, we will explain in greater detail in the best practices section of this template guide.
Interior Vehicle Conditions
The interior vehicle condition observations are recorded in this section of the vehicle condition report. The process involves a checklist table of locations within the car or truck’s interior. The observer may note their feedback via the checklist columns denoting the condition. Similarly, there is a short section at the end where feedback concerning any other issue not listed previously may be recorded when the inspector creates the condition report.
Vehicle Mechanical/Operational Observations
The mechanical and operational systems of the vehicle are recorded in this section. Again there is a checklist table with the various indications of issue or repair required. The repairs or service needed to the tires may also be recorded in the subsequently included section.
Notes and Sign-Off
At the end of the document are two more final segments: a notes section and document sign-off.
The note section of the vehicle condition report allows the inspector to include further observations about the car or truck not included prior.
Lastly, you will find the sign-off area on the vehicle condition report. We have included both a place for an inspector and also a vehicle driver to sign and date the report to be accurate. A missing date is an issue when trying to resolve condition report discrepancies, so ensure it is completed accurately.
Best Practices For Using The Vehicle Condition Report
Completing vehicle condition reports is essential whether you operate dealerships or a rental agency. Even if you are running neither, any business or organization that intends to purchase cars or trucks for their fleet will find using a vehicle condition report essential to operations.
Here are our best practices you can train your vehicle inspectors with in order to better assist your inspection process:
- When completing a vehicle condition report, be sure to include the make, model, year, style, color, and VIN of the vehicle. If the vehicle ever faces sale, the more quality documentation you have, the happier buyers will be to pay higher purchasing amounts. After all, as a vehicle seller, you want the buyer to buy into the car or truck’s condition.
- Include all vehicle options in the vehicle condition report. Similarly, showing all vehicle options allows you to get a fast snapshot of the vehicle’s options without having to read through the vehicle user manual.
- Use a standard vehicle diagram when completing the vehicle condition report. Utilizing standard images within your form allows team members to become accustomed to a uniform condition reports procedure. Uniform procedures and familiarity allow for more accurate condition reports and higher quality information sharing.
- Note any interior vehicle conditions using a checklist table. We’ve included a checklist table within the form for expedient information documentation. The inspector can note anything from dashboard to center console to door panel observations of the interior.
- Note any mechanical or operational issues with the vehicle using a checklist table for a more accurate condition report. Again, the market tends to use simple lists, but a checklist table allows your inspectors to record observations more efficiently.
- Sign the vehicle condition report upon completion. Ensuring that inspectors complete this final section of condition reports ensures that they commit to creating an accurate report. After all, we don’t want team members to create broken reports by missing information. As a business, you can’t afford that sort of risk. Not when dealing with the liabilities involved with equipment like cars or trucks.
- You should always complete reports when cars or trucks return to your facility. Using condition reports for vehicles and equipment allows you to track any issues with the vehicle, from tires to paint to some things as simple as a squeaky door on a car.
- Consider how to improve the accuracy of your reports for car or truck condition inspections. When you are the buyer or seller of a car or truck or even a rental agency, you want to have the most accurate information regarding a vehicle. It is true whether one will purchase or rent a vehicle. Utilizing condition reports is a number one way to track vehicle conditions. And that is something that any business managing a fleet needs to rely on. How can we make our condition reports more accurate to ensure all information is covered? The answer is next.
Go Digital With Vehicle Condition Reporting
Printed reports are great, but the next best thing might just be the best solution. How do we maintain accurate reporting when paperwork can be lost or handwriting might not be legible. The solution is to use a digital solution for your vehicle condition reports.
Technology allows us to put the printer away, save paper (and trees), save money (ink isn’t cheap), and allow for many extra possibilities. For example, with a paper checklist, you cannot report using images or video. However, a cloud-based solution can offer your inspectors the ability to include images or even video when they create the inspection report.
Cloud-based solutions mean that you can access your reports on the internet. Typically this technology includes the use of websites and smart technology like smartphones or tablets.
Capture Detailed Information – FAST!
Using a digital form automation solution like the 1st Reporting app is a great way to ensure a detailed report. Everyone from a car dealership to car buyers can appreciate an efficient way to capture information about a vehicle’s condition, so a detailed report is wise.
An Image Speaks A Thousand Words
Including an image or two in the observations says much more than words can in a shorter time. It increases reporting efficiency. As a business manager, you understand that time is money, so if we can improve reporting efficiency, we wouldn’t be doing anything wrong, that’s for certain.
Utilizing a light and easy-to-use app that allows tracking and reporting via internet access is a more efficient way of recording vehicle conditions. Whether at your facility location, or a remote location, being mobile can really help to ensure conditions are recorded on the spot where observations are the freshest.