6 Tips On Vehicle Preparation Before Puspakom Inspection

The following are 6 tips I’ll recommend for anyone who is preparing for a Puspakom vehicle inspection. Other driving instructors may wish to adopt some of the measures taken for their own vehicles as well. They are free to do so if they should feel it’s viable.

1) The paint work and body condition of the vehicle.

Ensure body work is free from rust, knocks and dents. Have these repaired and then have the car repainted. Likewise, ensure that bumpers, front and rear lights are in good condition and working order. The same applies to indicators too. Brake lights and rear number lights should also be functioning as well.

2) Signages and company logo and addresses should also be in good order.

Make sure the company logo and address are in accordance with J.P.J.’s requirements. Ensure that your vehicle has the correct sized “P” plates and they are also of the required colours and designs as well. Faded signs should not be used as this might very well cause your vehicle to fail the Puspakom test.

3) Checking rear and front brakes.

A vehicle that’s sent for an inspection can be easily be failed if its front and rear brakes do not function properly. I make it a point to send my vehicle to have its brake system checked thoroughly by my mechanic, Raman.

Check the brake system and the handbrake should be adjusted when every inspection comes. Dust and grime are cleaned and blown away. Brake pads and linings are changes or adjusted wherever needed. The clutch cable is also adjusted wherever required. The same also applied to engine timing as well.

4) Lower arm and ball joint units to be checked.

The above items, without doubt, are some of the items that need careful examination. If loose, these items have to be replaced with new ones wherever required.

However, one could also get 2nd hand parts which are available in many second hand spare parts factories found abundant number around towns, if one wishes to save money.

5) Service the vehicle.

In the process of an examination, engine numbers and cassis numbers are checked. So it’s necessary to have one’s engine and under carriage be serviced thoroughly. During servicing, engines are washed thoroughly. The interior is also given a complete rub down. Servicing costs RM18 at most petrol service stations.

6) Inspect and ensure all 4 tyres are in good condition.

Ideally during examination, see to it that front and rear tyres are in good condition. You are advised to send your vehicle to have its alignment checked. Alignment costs RM10 at most tyre shops.

The mechanic at the shop where I go to might be young, but he is worth his mettle. He has the know-how of being able to diagnose what’s wrong with the vehicle is sent to him for alignment. I am indeed fortunate to meet such a good mechanic in him.

In the recent inspection, the examination which was scheduled for 1st September 2010, he advised me that the steering kingpin was faulty. Upon sending the vehicle to my normal mechanic, the steering fault was identified and immediate attention duly taken.

Talking about tyres, I sent my 1999 model Kancil 660 cc to my tyreman to have my vehicle fitted with 2 new Sime tyres each costing RM90 and new valves costing RM4 a piece. I also instructed that all 4 tyres were inflated to 24 psi as via advice given by an expert friend, Lai, who has been in the trade of car inspections for years.

My Visit To Puspakom For Vehicle Inspection

On the morning of 1st September 2010, I woke up early at 6:00 am. By 7:10 am, I was already at the Puspakom gates. I was 5th in line for the inspection that morning. As it was a puasa month, the officials did not begin work until 8:00 am.

But immediately as the clock struck 8 sharp, we allowed into the Puspakom premises. Payment was RM50. Upon finishing payment, I drove into lane 5 as advised. It was then only 8:15 am. Within less than 5 minutes, a young Puspakom officer directed me to drive the Kancil into the inspection arena.

After the engine and cassis were checked, the vehicle underwent brakes test procedures. This took less than 5 minutes. The vehicle then went through alignment test procedures smoothly.

The officer appeared satisfied with the condition of the car. Under carriage body inspection was however waived. Finally, the young officer took a walk around the vehicle inspecting its tail lights and indicators and then gave the instructions to finally drive away the Kancil to the parking area. The time then, as I looked at my wrist watch showed 8:25 am.

As I sat down at a couch reserved for those bringing their vehicles for inspection, the young officer yelled for me to approach him. As he confirmed with me the number of my car’s registration, he pushed towards me the results and the vehicle inspection disc of Puspakom valid until 1st March 2011.

Who would have believed that a Puspakom inspection exercise could be done so fast, in less then 20 minutes. And mind you, all these during the puasa month of Ramadan.

In fairness to the officials of Puspakom authorities, Syabas for a job very well done. Keep up the good work! My next vehicle inspection is scheduled for 1st March 2011 which is 6 months away.

By | 2016-11-10T17:13:39+08:00 September 13th, 2010|Car Maintenance|10 Comments

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  1. munkey October 1, 2010 at 4:05 am - Reply

    thanks for the great advise… im gonna bring my kancil for puspakom inspection later :)

    • Cikgu Yap October 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Glad you’ll be bringing your Kancil over to Puspakom for inspection.

  2. mohammad January 31, 2011 at 11:23 am - Reply

    dear cikgu yap…
    i need some info regarding tips and procedure for motorcycle inspection at puspakom…
    any tips/info to share?
    appreciate so much if u can share any of it..
    thank you in advance

    • Cikgu Yap February 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      Motorcycle who road tax has not been renewed for more than 1 year need to be inspected by Puspakom.

  3. Hasrul January 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap,

    I really appreciate on the very useful tips provided in your blog.

    I’m planning to sell my car, currently still having HP balance. I received a call from potential buyer (currently in Pahang; I’m in Kajang), saying that he wants to buy it on cash. He will be coming to KL (we’ll meet somewhere in Gombak since this is the “mid-point” between Temerloh & Kajang) to view the car and proceed with the transaction if he’s satisfied with it.

    My questions:
    1) I believed I need to settle my outstanding HP before doing the ownership transfer. Can this be done at any of the bank’s branch, or do I need to go to the branch where I signed the HP agreement (it’s in Nilai, N. Sembilan)?
    2) How long does the bank processes the HP full-settlement? Is it immediately after I made the full payment? I assume the bank will issue some sort of “release letter” / “Slip Pembatalan e-Hakmilik” for me to bring to JPJ during the ownership transfer process.
    3) When should I call my insurance company to cancel my existing policy for the car? Is it after the buyer purchases the new policy?

    Our plan is to : Go for PUSPAKOM check –> settle outstanding HP with bank –> buyer purchase insurance policy (plus, I cancel my existing policy at the same time ?) –> both go to JPJ to do the ownership transfer –> buyer go back to Temerloh with the car.

    Is this possible to be done in 1 day? If not, then who should ideally do the transfer of ownership process with JPJ? I assume that it should be done by me, as I would CERTAINLY want the ownership transfer process to be completed, to avoid any potential future risk on me for the usage of the car by the buyer.

    Is this correct…or any more suggestion that I should follow? Thank you very much.

    • Cikgu Yap January 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Ideally, to settle balance, go to the original place where you concluded your hire purchase agreement. After settling your HP payment, the bank will issue you with a release letter to relinquish the ownership claim on your car.

      Next, if you yourself would like to be involved in the Puspakom inspection, you can certainly do so. On obtaining the B5 certificate for inspection, you and your potential client can then proceed with transfer procedures. Upon receiving your full payment, only then can you proceed to hand over your car registration card. The purchasal of new insurance coverage is usually done by the new owner.

      Your intention to ensure that the transfer of ownership is done properly is a good move as it protects your interest. However, the transfer procedures might take a longer period than 1 day.

  4. Amy January 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap
    My car road tax was not renew for more than 1 year. Now i want to renew it but i need some information about puspakom inspection or procedure. can u tell me what the list of puspakom inspection?

  5. ISAAC July 1, 2019 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Bumpers got problem,any agen introduced to me?and the price pls

    • Cikgu Yap July 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Ensure you get the correct model bumper. Any mechanic or mud-guard man can fix it for you. Prices however fluctuate. In Klang, see my friend, “Japan Mudguard” behind Ping Hwa Chinese School.

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