Preparation Standards

At West Motors, we only sell cars that we would be happy to buy ourselves. Which is why, before going on sale, each and every one of our cars is subject to a thorough inspection. This process ensures that there are no issues with the vehicle when you drive away.

We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of the best quality used cars possible. For your peace of mind, we have listed below all the checks our highly trained team makes on our cars. These checks are designed to give you confidence in your new car, meaning you can drive home happy and enjoy many more years of motoring.

Enjoy used cars the West Motors way - that’s quality assured with every car.

Body Exterior

Engine Compartment

Fuel System


Coolant level

Fuel tank

Door locks/operation

Coolant leaks

Fuel tank fixings

Fuel filler cover/petrol cap


Fuel lines

General bodywork condition

Radiator & cap

Breather pipes


Hoses & pipes

Evidence of leaks

Wheels & Tyres

Drive belts

Suspension, Underframe & Steering

Front right tyre

Water pump

Engine underside leaks

Front left tyre

Power steering fluid level

Steering joints & ball joints

Rear left tyre

Clutch fluid level

Steering rack

Rear right tyre

Brake fluid level

Chassis members

Spare tyre

Engine oil level

Power steering

Interior & Luggage Compartment

External engine leaks

Wheels, hubs & bearings

Seat mechanism

Engine mounts

Springs & suspension unit

Seat belts


Pipes & hoses

Internal mirrors

Fuel pump & pipes

Dampers & bushes

Boot/tailgate lock

Accelerator linkage


Electrical Controls

Cold starting

Sub frames & mountings

Ignition lock/starting system

Fast idle when engine cold

Suspension arms, mountings & fixings

Battery charging system

Noise level when engine cold

Tie bars & anti-roll bars


Excess fumes/smoke

Anti roll-bar

Side lights/running lights

Clutch & Transmission

Evidence of floor/chassis corrosion

Rear lights & number plate illumination

Fluid/oil leaks

Bumper stops & gaiters

Brake lights


Road Test

Indicator & hazard lights

Hydraulic system

Engine - performance

Reverse & fog lights

Linkages (check for signs of wear)

Engine - noise

Auxiliary lights


Engine - excessive fumes or smoke

Panel lights/dashboard illumination


Evidence of overheating

Switches & controls

Drive shaft assemblies

Gearbox operation & noise level

Instrument/controls function

Universal & sliding joints

Final drive operation & noise level


Clutch backlash

Clutch operation

Windows & sunroof operation

Rubber gaiters

Cooling fan operation

Wipers & jet washers


Instruments & controls functioning


Bearings & supports

General steering & handling

Master cylinder security

Exhaust System

Footbrake operation

Fluid leaks

Inlet manifold

Hand brake operation

Servo/power system

Outlet manifold

Suspension noise

Flexible hoses


Road holding stability

Pipes/unions & connections


Warning lights

Discs & pads

Heat shields & mountings


Hand brake operation/adjustments

Joints & couplings

Owners manual

Hand brake linkage

Catalytic converter

Service book & history


Overall system condition

Keys & remote controls

Transport For London

Cars need to meet minimum emission standards when travelling in the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) or the daily charge must be paid.

Minimum emission standards

Petrol: Euro 4
Diesel: Euro 6

The ULEZ will be enforced based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than the age. However:

Information from Transport For London

Check this car on the TFL website before purchasing:

West Motors

To save timely negotiation all our cars are heavily discounted upfront and offered nearer cost price, saving customers up to £2000 when compared to our competition. This ensures we are treating every customer the same. This fee is a compulsory fee and applies to all customers.

Variable admin fee is charged as listed below:

  1. Retail customers pay £199.
  2. Repeat customers purchasing a 2nd car within 12 months of the original invoice date £0.
  3. Retail customers arranging finance using brokers outside of our immediate panel of lenders £399.
  4. Trade customers making a purchase as the motor trade £499.
  5. Export customers including Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland £499.