Inspect light vehicles

Business Sectors (Suites): Accident Repair - Joining,Maintenance and Repair - Light Vehicle
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2020


This NOS is about carrying out a range of inspections on light vehicles using a variety of testing methods and equipment.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 use suitable personal and vehicle protective equipment throughout all vehicle inspection activities
P2 use suitable sources of technical information to support your vehicle inspection activities
P3 prepare the vehicle systems and work area for safe working procedures (where appropriate)
P4 confirm that equipment has been calibrated to meet manufacturers' and legal and statutory requirements where necessary
P5 conduct all vehicle inspections and testing following:

P5.1 the manufacturer's approved examination methods
P5.2 recognised methods
P5.3 your workplace procedures
P5.4 health, safety and environmental requirements
P6 ensure your inspection and testing of the vehicle against specification accurately identifies:

P6.1 differences from the vehicle specification
P6.2 vehicle appearance and condition faults
P6.3 non-compliance with legal and statutory requirements
P7 work in a way which minimises the risk of damage to the vehicle and its systems, other people and their property and your working environment
P8 make suitable recommendations for future action based upon the results of your tests and inspections
P9 explain the reasons for your recommendations to the relevant person(s)
P10 offer alternative options from your recommendations if the customer does not agree to your plan for future action
P11 ensure your report is accurate, complete and passed to the relevant person(s) within the agreed timescale and in the format required
P12 complete all inspection activities within the agreed timescale
P13 report any anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s) promptly  

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Legislative and organisational requirements and procedures
K1 the legislation and workplace procedures relevant to 

K1.1 health and safety
K1.2 the environment (including waste disposal)
K1.3 appropriate personal and vehicle protective equipment
K2 the legislation and statutory requirements relevant to the vehicle inspections for: pre-purchase, pre-MOT test, safety, post-accident (pre-repair) and post-accident (post-repair)
K3 your workplace procedures for the referral of problems:
K4 the importance of making accurate reports of the results of your tests and inspections and interpreting them correctly
K5 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed of progress
K6 the relationship between time, costs and productivity
K7 the importance of reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) promptly

Sources of information
K8 how to find, interpret and use technical information 
K9 the importance of using technical information to inform your inspection and *testing of vehicles

Testing methods and the conduct of Inspections *

K10 the hazards associated with working on or near high energy electrical vehicle components
K11 how vehicle systems operate (including the engine area, transmission area, chassis or frame area and electrical area) and the operational tolerances for vehicle(s) on which you are working
K12 how to follow procedures and processes to enable a logical and systematic inspection of vehicles to take place
K13 how to *test the operation and tolerances of vehicle systems and how to assess vehicle condition; including workshop based and road tests
K14 how to compare test and inspection results against vehicle specifications and legal requirements
K15 how to record test and inspection results in the format required
K16 how to make recommendations based upon the results of your inspections
K17 the full implications of failing to carry out an inspection correctly
K18 the implications of signing workplace documentation and vehicle records


1. Vehicle inspections* are:

1.1. pre-purchase
1.2. pre-MOT test
1.3. safety
1.4. post-accident, pre-repair
1.5. post accident, post-repair

2. Test methods are:

2.1. visual
2.2. aural
2.3. functional
2.4. measurement

3. Equipment includes:

3.1. emissions testing
3.2. brake testing
3.3. headlamp alignment
3.4. wheel alignment
3.5. torque setting
3.6. specialist diagnostic equipment
3.7. measuring equipment 

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





This section contains examples and explanations of some of the terms used but does not form part of the standard.

Agreed timescales:
Examples include: manufacturer's recommended work times, job times set by your company or a job time agreed with a specific customer.

These can be any of the following – light vehicles. Additionally, these vehicles may be SI, CI, Hybrid, Electric or Alternative fuel vehicles.

Alternative fuel:
This is defined as any type of fuel that may be used to power an internal combustion engine, examples would include LPG, bio ethanol etc.

Sources of technical information:
Examples include inspection schedules, MOT inspection manuals and guides, manufacturers' manuals, Trade Association check lists and workplace procedures.

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Indicative Review Date

31 Mar 2024





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Engineering, Light Vehicle Diagnostic Technician (Automotive), Light Vehicle Service Technician (Automotive), Vehicle Trades

SOC Code



Inspect; motor; vehicles; light; post; accident; pre-work; post-work