Other things that may be inspected on a PDI check include:
- Original and spare keys are present and working
- Locking wheel nuts are present (if applicable)
- Owner manual and service book are present (if applicable)
- All tyres are legal (including spare), and tool kit is present
- All lights, horn, indicators and warning lights are working
- Any accessories specified (such as floor mats, tow bar etc.) are fitted
- Vehicle Chassis Number and Registration Plate match paperwork
Many dealers will get the car valeted before delivery, however it is worth noting that many vehicles are then driven to the customer's handover address, so road dirt or traffic film may be visible on the exterior.
Who completes the PDI check?
The vehicle's manufacturer or supplying dealership is responsible for completing all PDI checks. A trained technician carries out a series of inspections. These are usually conducted at the dealership or at a central holding compound where the car is held.
How long does a pre-delivery inspection take?
PDI times can vary depending on the manufacturer and the level of detail requested. The average PDI time is one to two hours, but some vehicles can take up to five hours to complete.
For your delivery date not to be affected by any issues that need fixing before delivery, most suppliers require at least five working days' notice to have enough flexibility in case something comes up unexpectedly. This ensures that any issues or repairs that may be required are completed ahead of delivery.
It is worth noting that Nationwide Vehicle Contracts cannot book a delivery date until the PDI check has been completed and the manufacturer has released the vehicle for delivery.
Does a PDI affect my delivery date?
Generally, a PDI check should not affect the delivery date of your vehicle however, on rare occasions, the dealer may ask for your delivery date to be put back if a problem is found at inspection that may take longer to rectify.
It is important to note here that while delays to delivery can be frustrating, a PDI check aims to ensure the vehicle is safe to drive, so if you are affected by a delay due to an issue found at PDI, please be patient. As soon as the problem has been rectified, our deliveries team will be back in touch to arrange a new delivery date at a day/time convenient to you.