How to Inspect a Used Car for Purchase

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  • Published on:  Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Learn how to inspect a used car for purchase. I show you everything you need to know on how to inspect a used car for the first time when the owner is not around to give you a test drive. If you see a used car for sale on the side of the road and want to know if it is worth contacting the owner for a test drive, I go though all of the things you want to inspect. This way you wont waste your time if the car is no good.Link to the downloadable ChrisFix Used Car Inspection Checklist: 1: The "Side of the Road Inspection": 2: What is the car worth?: 3 Engine Inspection: 4: Interior & Exterior Inspection: 5: Test Drive and Negotiation: the video was helpful, remember to give it a "thumbs up" and consider subscribing. New videos every Thursday**-Website: Here: Channel: to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, I cannot guarantee against improper use or unauthorized modifications of this information. ChrisFix assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. Use this information at your own risk. ChrisFix recommends safe practices when working on vehicles and or with tools seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of ChrisFix, no information contained in this video shall create any expressed or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage, or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or from the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not ChrisFix.


  • ChrisFix
    ChrisFix  2 years ago +579

    Just a few bits of info for everyone who is asking in the comments section:
    1.) Those are plate covers not plates. I use them in all of my videos to protect the owner's privacy (and my own privacy). They go on with tape before I film. The real plates are under them.
    2.) This is only part 1 of the series, in part two I meet with the owner to inspect the car:
    3.) I have a new series with buying a parts car Jaguar here:
    4.) You can follow me here for updates and other cool projects:

  • ronjon83
    ronjon83  3 years ago +2848

    Here's another great tip... when taking a look at a Jaguar X-Type, turn the other way and run.

  • Lakrima
    Lakrima  7 months ago +334

    Are you really still replying to comments on a 2 year old video? 😂👌

  • Random Youtuber
    Random Youtuber  2 years ago +792

    If there's no price it's FREE!

  • Karl Inglott
    Karl Inglott  6 months ago +196

    Make sure to give the car a kick to ensure the alarm system is working.

  • bills48321
    bills48321  9 months ago +115

    As long as you are looking under the car, you could check the VIN on the frame and see if it matches the one inside the windshield and then look it up. Sometimes scammers will change the VIN on the top and not on the bottom.

  • Minh
    Minh  5 months ago +40

    Your 1st mistake is looking at a used Jaguar

  • Metal Glass
    Metal Glass  a years ago +41

    Damn thanks for the tips
    I'm going to buy used hotwheels from my friend

  • Dat Boi
    Dat Boi  11 months ago +56

    7:02 FACE REVEAL! (Kind of).

  • I am Chappy
    I am Chappy  1 months ago +44

    1. Check heater core, by turning on heat. If the heater does not work it may also indicate a stuck thermostat
    2. Check oil cap, look for milky oil
    3. Check radiator cap, look for oil, look for metallic sealer
    4. Check idle rpm, high rpm could indicate several things wrong including a blown head gasket
    5. Does it shift smoothly
    6. Check radiator fans
    7. Check exhaust for white smoke, a little water in exhaust is ok
    8. Check coolant overflow for oil/ sealer however this is easy to top off so doesnt say much.
    9. Look for extra expenses you will need to pay later, for example wiper motors are $300 each. window motors are $300 as well, or tires, brakes, etc.
    10. Leave the car idling for a while, while you are talking to the owner and get out of the car with hood open and let it idle for at least 10 minutes.
    This will check the following things
    Radiator fans
    If the owner is nervous while you are letting it idle or does not want you to leave the car on, this will say alot
    11. Check if codes have been cleared with a code reader
    12. Your best off buying from someone who owns and uses the car. If this is what you wan ASK and make sure if the title is in their name! Not some strange name!
    13. If they will have you come to their house to buy the car it is a good sign they trust the car wont have any issues. Else you know where they live.
    14. Never buy a car with no title it is highly likely the car is stolen.
    15. Have a mechanic check the car if you can
    16. Drive the car over 60 mph (checks alignment, steering issues, shocks,) it should drive smooth
    17. Drive the car with the a/c blasting and watch temperature for overheating
    18. Watch how the seller behaves is he confident and very knowledgable about the car, or are they nervous and try to avoid questions, trying to not talk about certain things.
    19. Do not bring cash! If you agree to purchase the car go to the bank together in w secure place to exchange cash. And drive the car home from the bank.
    20. Another safety precaution not absolutely necessary but make sure the title is in the same state as you.
    21. Check tires for uneven ware, uneven worn tires indicate alignment issues
    22. Check transmission fluid nice red clear fluid and it does not smell burnt
    23. Check brake fluid low fluid means the brakes are bad, high fluid means good breaks or it means they topped it off
    24. Check body panels and spacing lines for replaced panels or new paint. This indicates the car has been in an accident
    25. Check online reviews of the car model

  • Ky Y
    Ky Y  2 years ago +41

    Love your vids. One thing I want to add though when buying a used car from a private party: MAKE SURE THE TITLING IS IN ORDER. You can find a car that's a deal of the century, but if something prevents you from titling (and subsequently registering) the car in your name, you're seriously screwed. You want to make sure the person selling the car actually has the right to sell the car (ie, their name is on the title), and you want to make sure things like the VIN are 100% correct (even if two characters are transposed, the DMV is likely to reject the title). The first thing though is by far the most important because you can fix the second thing with the previous owner's help.
    The problem is though that a number of privately sold cars in the used market are being sold by flippers, and to save (substantial) money on titling and sales tax, they'll leave the "Buyer" field on the transfer of title section blank when they buy the car and just never title the car in their name. Then when they sell the car to you, you can put yourself down as the "Buyer". No problems as long as you don't need a new title for whatever reason (VIN error, cross-out on title transfer, previous owner printed out their married name in the title transfer section when the title is in their maiden name, previous owner signed their name "Jim" when the title says "James", dog ate it, etc), but good luck tracking down the person the flipper originally bought the car from (and that's assuming the flipper didn't buy the car from another flipper).
    You also have to be careful of titles with multiple owners, even if the seller is one of them. Make sure all listed owners are around and will help you should you need a new title or some other DMV issue comes up with getting the new-to-you car in your name. Last thing you want to deal with is buying a jointly-owned car from a disgruntled spouse going through a divorce, or buying a jointly-owned car from a son whose dad passed away but the son doesn't have any power of attorney documents.
    Also, understand that some states actually have two-part titles: a "liened" title that the DMV sends to the buyer financing the car and a lien release document that the DMV sends to the bank. Once the buyer pays off the car, the bank sends them the lien release. The first part is absolutely USELESS without the second part, and A LOT of people who live in two-part title states don't even realize this (and wind up losing the lien release). So if you're buying a car from a two-part title state, make sure you have both parts OR that the title doesn't have a lien holder listed on it. Unless you're really, really incredibly lucky, a bank will only send a lien release to the person listed on the title/lien release. I've even seen situations where a bank that was listed as lien holder on a title hadn't been in business for years, and that's always an insane (and sometimes insurmountable, actually) obstacle to deal with.
    Finally, be careful of dealers posing as private sellers. I've seen schemes where they'll put the dealership's name as "Buyer" on the title and then give you a dealer re-assignment form (or just fill out the dealer re-assignment section on the title) with you as the transferee. The seller will swear up and down that this is fine, that they've done it in the past, and that it's completely legit, but unless you're also a dealer, it absolutely won't work. So once the DMV rejects your title application because of this, you'll be forced to go through the dealership to get the titling done, at which point they'll likely slam you with several hundred dollars (possibly up to a thousand) in various doc and processing fees. They know your only two options at that point is to pay up or spend even more money suing them.
    Really, the best way to protect yourself from all of this kind of stuff is to just go to the DMV with the seller and get the title transfer done before keys exchange hands.

  • Danny Saldana
    Danny Saldana  13 hours ago

    Hey bro so i found a 2002 honda civic ex coupe, and it has 100k miles and theyre asking for 1800$. Do you think thats fishy or not? Feel free to message me if you want to see pictures of it ill give you my email.

  • R S Talukder
    R S Talukder  8 months ago +61

    Always check by turning on the AC while driving. Some cars starts vibrating after acceleration.

  • Sergio Rocha
    Sergio Rocha  2 days ago

    You just saw this on the side of the road? hmm thats weird it has a ChrisFix plate in the back...

  • Asdayasman
    Asdayasman  3 years ago +369

    You should also check the shocks. Push down with your full bodyweight once on each corner of the car. It should go down, then up once, and that's it. If it keeps going up and down like it's on the sea, you'll need to replace the shocks, and that's pretty bad.

  • EZ Breezy
    EZ Breezy  22 hours ago

    I take Chris with me everywhere I go..

  • Hail-Falcor
    Hail-Falcor  4 days ago +1

    My aunt and uncle own a glass company soooo 🤷🏼‍♀️ my windshield costed 200$

  • Hdd Gjderson
    Hdd Gjderson  2 years ago +46

    "I'm seeing it for the first time with you guys" has a chrisfix license plate

  • Dave Eaton
    Dave Eaton  a years ago +13

    Some guy is there like “fgs Chris I’ll never sell my car now”😂

  • JT t.v
    JT t.v  2 years ago +146

    just helped me walk away from a 5000$ truck man thank you!