Alignment of Body Panels (gaps)
Upper Body Dents/Dings/Cracks
Is there any obvious collision damage?
Check under the hood, in the trunk, around the doorjambs, along the bottom of the doors and especially on the weather stripping.
Do you see any signs that the car was repainted? (i.e. over-spray, tape-lines, or unpainted surfaces)
Body Filler (a.k.a. Bondo)
Did you notice any ripples in the body finish?
Did you detect any Bondo in the upper body?
Did you detect any cracks or Bondo in the lower body, like Floors, Rockers, Lower Valences, Fender Lips, etc.?
*Ask the owner if the car while in their possession or, to his/her knowledge:
Has it ever been in an accident?
Was it totalled/written off?
Exterior Chrome/Bright Work
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being 'Excellent' and 5 being 'Poor', rate the overall condition of the chrome:
Some re-plating required?
Is there any pitting/rust?
Is there any cloudiness or tarnishing?
Glass and Rubber Gaskets
What is the overall condition of the rubber gaskets / weather-stripping?
What overall condition is the glass in?
Soft-Top (If the car is a convertible)
What condition is the soft-top in?
Does it seem to seal well around the doors when in the up position?
Are there any rips or tears?
Is the stitching coming apart anywhere?
Is the top taut when in the up position?
Top frame mechanism condition:
Does it operate smoothly?
If there are side-curtains, rate their overall condition: