How To Take Basic Auto Photos

Properly documenting the vehicle is a crucial part of your report. Here's a refresher on how to properly take photos of the vehicle.

  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:

    1. Front Full View


    2. 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:

    1. Driver’s Side Full View

    2. 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:

    1. Driver’s Side Front Tire
    2. Driver’s Side Rear Tire
    3. Passenger’s Side Rear Tire
    4. Passenger’s Side Front Tire
    5. Also include a photo of the tire pressure sticker

  5. 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:

    1. Driver’s Side Front Panel

    2. Driver’s Side Rear Panel

    3. Passenger’s Side Rear Panel

    4. Passenger’s Side Front Panel

  6. 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:

    1. Driver’s Side Front Interior

    2. Passenger’s Side Front Interior

  7. 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.

  8. Instrument Panel (Dash) Options
    If you are able to gain access to the interior of the vehicle, lean over the driver’s seat and take a photo of the Center Dash Console. Be sure your photo documents any audio input options, touch screens, manual or automatic shift lever, and heated seat switches.

  9. Headliner
    Squat down near the driver’s seat and aim your camera towards the ceiling of the vehicle. It is important to document the condition of the headliner, as well as any overhead lighting or consoles. The condition and console options will affect the value of the vehicle during a Total Loss settlement, and are important to the adjuster’s decision.

  10. Door Trim Panel
    Open the driver’s side front door, and take 2 steps back. Take a photo of the open door. This is to help document any "power options" the vehicle may have, such as:

    Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, etc.

  11. 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:

    1. Driver’s Side Rear Interior

    2. Passenger’s Side Rear Interior

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 'notes section' of the report. Provide approximate measurements and a brief description of the location of the damage on the vehicle.