Certification Process

You want your pre-owned car to feel like new, and you want the peace of mind knowing that it has been well-maintained. We take outstanding care of our fleet and all our vehicles go through a rigorous selection process.

One Owner

Our certified cars have never passed to another ownership. Each car has been in Avis' rental fleet since day one.

Routine Scheduled Maintenance

Received all factory-recommended routine scheduled maintenance. We love our cars and take good care of them-from regular washes to factory-recommended preventative maintenance.

No Open Recalls or Safety Campaigns

We're just as concerned about safety as you are. We won't sell a vehicle with an open recall or safety campaign.

Inspected by ASE-Certified Mechanics

All vehicles selected for Avis Certification must pass a rigorous multi-point inspection process completed by certified mechanics, including ASE-Certified and ASE Master Technicians. That means that factory-trained experts have checked these vehicles from bumper to bumper.

Our comprehensive multi-point inspection check list:

Test Drive / Steering

  • Car starts as normal, drives and shifts as built
  • No abnormal engine noise present
  • No abnormal exhaust noise present
  • No abnormal noise/rattles/squeaks
  • Dash gauges and lights are operational
  • Speedometer & Cruise control operate correctly
  • Collision Avoidance Systems functional
  • Parking brake: sets, holds and releases
  • Vehicle does not drift, shake, or vibrate
  • No resistance in the steering wheel when turning
  • No clicking or clunking when turning


  • No grinding noises when applying brakes
  • Check brake pads, must have > 25% remaining, list below:
  • Master cylinder, brake booster:operating correctly, no leaks
  • Brake calipers, lines and fittings: OEM operation, no visible leaks


  • Check for trouble codes. Repair/Clear as needed.
  • Ignition, starter and accelerator: proper operation and condition
  • Engine seals & gaskets: condition, no visible leaks
  • Check for evidence of oil sludge. If sludge, not eligible for retail lot.
  • Engine hoses, belts, tensioner are operational and in good condition
  • Transmission: no visible leaks
  • Ensure vacuum line condition is good
  • CV axles & boots, L & R: no visible leaks/damage
  • Differential/drive axles L&R: no visible leaks/damage
  • Steering rack/pump/hosesĀ  operation, no visible leaks or damage
  • Undercarriage / Suspension - no damage or leaks, all OEM operation
  • Struts/shocks: proper ride height & condition, no visible leaks
  • Hood insulation, Labels/decals present
  • Water pump operation, no visible leaks
  • Fuel pump operates, no visible leaks.
  • Battery and cables: condition, level, load test, free of corrosion
  • All doors/trunk/hood open/close without drag/noise/etc
  • All tires match, pressure correct, no damage

Fluids & Filters check levels/condition

  • Oil clean to sight & touch; change oil if within 2,500 miles of PM
  • Washer fluid topped off
  • Transmission fluid looks clean, not dirty or gritty
  • Ensure engine coolant level
  • Ensure brake fluid is within a half inch from from the cap
  • Filters checked and replaced, if dirty


  • Glove box and Console latch/lock operational
  • Turn signals & Horn operate effectively
  • Interior lamps & Power Outlets operate effectively
  • Stereo works, including CD player, all functions
  • Heater operates effectively, and blows warm air
  • Air conditioning operates effectively, blows cold!
  • Defogger/defroster operates
  • Windshield wipers work effectively (change if needed)
  • Windshield wiper fluid dispenses properly
  • Seat Belts functional and in good condition
  • All seats adjust properly, including memory operation
  • Heated seat functionality works properly (if applicable)
  • Power windows operate properly
  • Power door locks operate correctly (incl child safety)
  • Steering Column adjustments function properly
  • Driver side door and trunk lock & unlock with key
  • Hazard/Backup/License/Side Market lights
  • Headlights, including high beam, work properly
  • Fog Lights work properly
  • Clock functions and is set to the correct time
  • Outside temperature gauge operates
  • Stains/Cuts/Burns removed/resolved
  • Sunroof/Moonroof/Convertible Top function