Filthy Rich shows you how to make the right choice when buying a used vehicle. With these 12 things on your checklist, your mechanic will be impressed.
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All great tips but what I look for is good maintenance records. If an owner can show me that they followed the vehicle maintenance schedule then I know the car was well taken care of. I use a superb car maintenance and management software product www.lonewolf-software.com/automotivewolf.htm on my laptop that tracks the maintenance schedules on all 3 of my vehicles. It also creates a very detailed maintenance log that you can print out and show to any prospective buyers. I've sold several vehicles over the past 10 years very quickly this way.
u didn't mention to make sure the car drives in a straight line. or did i miss that part? also bringing a multimeter to check battery / alternator isn't a bad idea either, especially if your scantool doesn't have that info for u.
Peter Timpson,, Most importantly make sure the engine did not have an history of overheating. Many times an overheating engine spewed coolant from the cap or overflow bottle leaving an obvious dry like stain . You may try to ascertain if the cylinder head gasket is warped. If not,,,, more important matters are there to know when buying a used car other than firewall rust.
Today I looked at a 2002 Saturn L200 what iwould be the cause of the corrosion on the aluminum surfaces? It looks like hard water stains. Also, I noticed the same corrosion on the trans lines that are attached to the firewall.
I hope to hear back from you. Great video.
My dad never thinks before he buys a used car. As long as it drives and doesn't make any noise he'll buy it and a few months later he'll have to sell it because he realizes something's wrong with it. He's subborn as hell too and won't listen to me when I try to tell him not to
This is so much more helpful than another video I just saw, where the guy pulls out some gadget I don't have, and then pulls out his smart phone which I don't have, etc etc. Your tips are very simple and anyone can can do them without high tech stuff. Thank you very much.
How about checking all power options, windows, doors, sunroof, seats?? Make sure you check Ac system, even in the winter you should here the clutch engaging the compressor. The frame and rails, the rockers for rust and rot. Big issue with older north east cars. Make sure you check the gaps on the panels. Their is so much to look for. Basically if you don’t know what your doing, go with someone that does
If you go to look at a used car and the current owner will not let you do a compression test due to liabilities. Plus, the owner has new transmission fluid and brand new oil in the engine. What other tricks and tips can you give to gauge whether the car has a safe system? Other than smoke out of the tailpipe and test driving. Thanks
N 10SZ get a "block tester". You don't have to take anything apart, all you have to do is take off the radiator cap. Using that will tell you if you have combustion gases getting into the cooling system. If you do, probably a bad head or head gasket.
Good tips. I would add you should look at the motor when it's being started to make sure there isn't a lot of rocking when started, if so motor mounts could be worn out. Also pop the hood and look at the lines of the fenders from front to back and make sure they are straight so you know there wasn't any major accidents. Look at all of your lines and gaps as well as door gaps. Measure the gap between the fender and the back of the front tires to make sure they are the same. Jack the front end of the car up and see if the front tires have any play side to side or up and down. Test all lights to make sure they are working. Always check and see if there are any leaks or excess oil where there shouldn't be.
Or.... Just buy from a Dealer... Why? Cause they have Trained mechanics who do this type of shit on the Daily and you know for sure your Car will last and will smell nice and clean. ! Pay CASH IF YOU GO TO THE DEALER! NO PAYMENTS !
1 major thing I look for is so basic....it’s look to see how clean the car is..if you can’t clean your car/truck that you spend lots of money on which is cheap & easy the you aren’t going to spend real money to maintain your vehicle
Thanks man, that was helpful. Too many dishonest people out there. I start having anxiety when buying something because I have been screwed over so many times and each time it was a tamil siri lankan in their twenties. Yes I stated the culture and race purposely so they can feel some shame and try to make themselves have a better reputation.
Truth, Balance, Oneness if you let people take advantage of u, you well deserve to be fucked over... And also, not all Sri Lankan Tamils r crooks.. There are a lot of honest folks out there.. U can make the same claim about every single culture and race..
Any tips for an BMW 1990 325iX for 2.8 grand lol. Obviously check for rust everywhere and leaks. Also panels and bumbers for paint color. Although i will be replacing all the bumbers and fenders and trim. Supposedly all electronic clusters and speedometer etc work, but I have yet to see it in person. The car doesnt have a cracked dash which is rare for these e30s but you can always replace them for pretty cheap which is what i bet one of the previous owners already did. Anything else i should watch out for other than the obvious?
Edit: Btw this will be my first car and I'm planning to do a lot of work on it.
Hey man, any idea or a well drafted checklost for buying old E30? Im planning to get one in coming weeks. Hopefully, you can share something decent with me so that I dont buy a lemon. Major concern is leaks, rust. Also, how to check if the body is not a splitted body welded to be a car again? Do i have to open any pillar cover to check for this?
bought a 2014 Chevy Cruze lt last week. this week after work the check engine light came on. code is misfire cylinder 1. should I be worried?
I took it to a mechanic and he changed the spark plugs and erased the light. he said if it comes on come back.
buddy bought a 05 nissan frontier..he got screwed ..the check engine light was on and the seller said it was bad gas cap. i told my buddy to take my cheap code reader to check it out..he didnt. was a clogged cat converter..300$ part for those.
working shlub Might wanna tell him to check the radiator too. From 05-early 2010 the frontiers, xterra, and pathfinder has SMOD problems too. They do have a bypass on it or the best thing to do is replace the radiator. Also timing guides like to wear out fast on the early models too. If you hear a whining noise that’s mostly the guides are worn.
i tried buying a hyundai tiburon and the dude was nonstop talking trying to cover the rattling sound the car was making, i acted very disinterested in what he had to say and then i complained about the noise and he tried pretending it was nothing
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