How to Take Basic Auto Photos

  1. Front/Rear Full View 
    Stand directly in front of the vehicle and position the camera parallel to the front bumper. Capture the full front view of the image and eliminate as much of the background as possible. For the best angle, you may need to squat depending on the size of the vehicle. The following photos are required:
    a. Front Full Viewb. Rear Full View
  2. Driver’s Side Full View
    Take several steps away from the driver’s side of the vehicle. Center the frame of the photo to capture the entire vehicle straight on in one shot and eliminate as much of the background as possible. The following photos are required:
    a. Driver’s Side Full View

    b. Passenger’s Side Full View
  3. Bumper
    Position the camera parallel to the bumper of the vehicle, zooming in to eliminate as much of the background as possible. For the best angle, you may need to squat depending on the size of the vehicle.

  4. Tires
    Position the tire tread depth tool in between the tire tread. Take photos straight on of each tire with the tool. Try to eliminate fingers/hands and background in the photo. An approved WeGoLook tire tread tool is preferred, however a penny or tire tread tool from a local auto supply store is also acceptable. Repeat for each tire and take the following photos:
    a. Driver’s Side Front Tire
    b. Driver’s Side Rear Tire
    c. Passenger’s Side Rear Tire
    d. Passenger’s Side Front Tire

  1. Corner Panels
    Position the camera parallel to the panel. Capture the entire corner panel straight on. For the best angle, you may need to squat depending on the size of the vehicle. Repeat for each corner of the vehicle to take the following photos:
    a. Driver’s Side Front Panel

    b. Driver’s Side Rear Panel

    c. Passenger’s Side Rear Panel

    d. Passenger’s Side Front Panel
  2. Front Interior
    Open the front door of the vehicle and position the camera in the space above the driver’s side/passenger’s mirror. In the photo, capture the entire seat and side of middle console (if applicable). The following photos are required:
    a. Driver’s Side Front Interior

    b. Passenger’s Side Front Interior
  3. Odometer
    Sit in the driver’s seat of the vehicle, start the vehicle and locate the odometer on the dashboard. Take a straight on photo of the odometer.

  4. Rear Interior
    Open the back door of the vehicle and take photo of the entire rear driver’s side/rear passenger’s side seat including the middle seat. The following photos are required:
    a. Driver’s Side Rear Interior

    b. Passenger’s Side Rear Interior
  5. Windshield VIN
    Locate the windshield VIN on the vehicle (typically in the lower corner of windshield on the driver’s side). Position the camera to eliminate glare. You may need to cup hand, position your body to block sunlight, or have the on-site contact re-park the vehicle. Take a straight on photo of the windshield, zooming in toward the VIN number. For best results, you may need to take 2-3 extra photos. Be sure to check your photos before you leave the site to verify that the numbers are visible.

  6. Door Jam/Manufacturer Sticker
    Locate the manufacturer sticker on the vehicle (typically on the driver’s side door jam). Position the camera directly in front of the sticker and zoom in toward the printed text. Eliminate as much background as possible. A good practice is to take 2-3 extra photos, if needed. Be sure to check your photos before you leave the site to verify that the numbers are visible.

  7. Damage
    Thoroughly inspect the exterior condition of the vehicle. Actively look for dents, scratches or any signs of an accident. Pay specific attention to front and rear bumpers when looking for damage. Zoom in toward the location of the damage on the vehicle and take a straight on shot. Be sure to eliminate any glare from the sun as well as unwanted background images. Note the damage in the 'comments section' of the report. Provide approximate measurements and a brief description of the location of the damage on the vehicle.



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    Rocky Rutter
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    Phoebe Manalang

    Very helpful!

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    John Holder

    Good to know info!

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    Veronica Dasher

    This contains good info.

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    Vannetta Ghormley McDowell

    I have done this many times. Good to have refresher

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    Livi Reinsch

    Great tutorial.

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    Kirsten Cruz

    Great refresher! I especially like the note of the location of the front inside photos. Taking the picture from above the rear view mirror is a different angle I haven't utilized.

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    Christina Collins

    Really nice refresher article.

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    Huimprovement

    Thanks for such an informative guide on photos

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    Pamela Smith

    Nice refresher. Would especially be great for beginners.
    Thanks!

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    C. Renee' Lindsay

    The refresher course was very informative

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    J. Delton Lehman

    Lots of squatting- work those thighs! Good points to keep in mind.

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    C. Renee' Lindsay

    Good pictures, very helpful!

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    Chanda Haslem

    very good pictures and tips, i like the one with the tire thread.