Have you ever wondered what happens when you drop your vehicle off for a service or repair? When it is taken into the shop and before any work is done, the technician most likely will start the entire process with a Multi-Point Inspection. This is now a standard practice at dealerships and repair shops around the country. This is also a good thing for owners so you can be aware of the items that need to be taken care of.
The best way to determine the condition of your Toyota is to have it inspected by one of our service professionals at Lancaster Toyota.
What is a Multi-Point Inspection and is it necessary?
A Multi-Point Inspection (or MPI for short) is standard practice for technicians. Doing a MPI at the beginning of your service appointment can alert you to issues you may not have been aware of and can have them fixed while your Toyota is already there. This can alert you to things such as worn out parts like wiper blades or brake pads or to have some preventative maintenance completed like replacing transmission fluid. These sorts of things help keep a vehicle in good operating condition. Some shops may try to bend the truth and look for every possible item that needs replaced. Being familiar with your manufacturer’s recommendations or taking your Toyota to a dealer you can trust, like Lancaster Toyota, is key to preventing these types of things from happening.
MPI Standard Check
Knowing exactly what will be checked in an MPI can vary from place to place, but here are some of the more common items that are checked during the inspection.
When should I get a Multi Point Inspection
MPIs can happen whenever you would like. A quick courtesy check may happen every time you take your vehicle in for service but a more indepth one may cost you and will take more time. If you have a concern about your vehicle or it has been awhile since your vehicle has been on the road, you should consider an MPI. You should also consider one if you are buying a used vehicle, taking a long road trip, at the change of the seasons, or if you are selling a car.
If something looks suspicious or if you aren’t sure if something is affecting your drive, get a service professional to take a look and complete an MPI. Better safe than sorry!