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Inspector I

  • Full time, Day
  • Travel: No

Job Category: Vehicle Operations

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Division: Cox Automotive


  • 1050 Four Star Dr, Valley, Alabama
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An Inspector I functions as a member of the Inspections team for an operating location with the primary responsibilities of providing accurate and complete documentation of overall vehicle condition.  More specifically, the documentation provided by the Inspector is used to support the processing and sale of client/customer cosigned vehicles in lane and online.  A basic understanding and delivery of the following is required:  VIN recognition; proper notation of all options and equipment in vehicle; proper odometer reading and operable function; identification of damage, missing parts, and major mechanical problems; estimating repair cost pricing; recommending labor actions, severity, pricing; identifying value added options; identifying basic mechanical conditions; identifying common wear and tear; documenting vehicle condition in writing by completing appropriate Vehicle Condition Report; completing inspections process and data entry in appropriate time frames; collecting digital photos per specific criteria guidelines.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Verify vehicle information based on work order information – identify damage, missing parts, and mechanical problems by inspecting all customer vehicles at time of receipt (i.e., interior, exterior, odometer reading, trunk area, engine compartment), noting any damage or repair to frame/paint, engine noise, AC/heater operation, radio, tire condition, etc.

  • Prepare and complete all necessary documentation.

  • Set up system for day-end; perform day-end procedures.

  • Maintain knowledge to ensure all policies and procedures are followed.

  • Write electronic condition reports (ECR).

  • Conduct OVE courtesy walk around inspections.

  • Maintain knowledge of system capabilities, knowledge of needed/job-relevant software packages, and web-based applications.

  • Maintain a working knowledge on improvements and changes concerning body mechanical, frame labor, inspection techniques, etc.

  • Visibly demonstrate safety commitment by following all safety and health procedures and modeling the behaviors related to such.  Actively participate in support of all safety activities aligned with Safety Excellence.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

  • May be required to work overtime as business needs dictate.



  • High School Diploma/GED.

  • Generally less than 2 years’ experience in a related field.

  • Safe Drivers Needed; Valid Driver’s License required.

  • Successful ICP Level I written/field exam.

  • Understanding of Baseline Inspections (Electronic Condition Report) & vehicle grading.

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills required.

  • Strong technical aptitude.

  • Basic computer software skills required.

  • Must be detail oriented.

  • Familiarity with unibody and full-frame vehicles.

  • Good organizational skills needed.

  • Ability to multitask, follow directions and take instruction required.

  • Regularly required to stand, walk, reach, talk and hear.

  • Ability to bend, stoop, squat or kneel.

  • Ability to lift and hold at least 10 lbs at waist level for an extended period of time.

  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs.

  • Vision abilities required include close, distance and color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


  • ASE certification or background in automotive repair, and cost estimating.

  • Knowledge ICAR Certifications preferred.

  • General knowledge of automotive body and mechanical work preferred.

  • Previous body shop experience, mechanical experience, estimating experience a plus.

Work Environment:

Exposure to outdoor weather conditions. Moderate noise level.  May be exposed to fumes and odors.

Drug Testing:

To be employed in this role, you'll need to clear a pre-employment drug test. Cox Automotive does not currently administer a pre-employment drug test for marijuana for this position. However, we are a drug-free workplace, so the possession, use or being under the influence of drugs illegal under federal or state law during work hours, on company property and/or in company vehicles is prohibited.

About Cox Automotive

At Cox Automotive, people of every background are driven by their passion for mobility, innovation and community. We transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars, accelerating the industry with global powerhouse brands like Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim and more. What’s more, we do it all with an emphasis on employee growth and happiness. Drive your future forward and join Cox Automotive today! 

About Cox

Cox empowers employees to build a better future and has been doing so for over 120 years. With exciting investments and innovations across transportation, communications, cleantech and healthcare, our family of businesses – which includes Cox Automotive and Cox Communications – is forging a better future for us all. Ready to make your mark? Join us today! 


Benefits of working at Cox may include health care insurance (medical, dental, vision), retirement planning (401(k)), and paid days off (sick leave, parental leave, flexible vacation/wellness days, and/or PTO). For more details on what benefits you may be offered, visit our benefits page.

Cox is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer - All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual’s age, race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law. Cox provides reasonable accommodations when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with disability, unless such accommodations would cause an undue hardship.

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