How to Check Used Car Before Buying – DIY Inspection

How to Check Used Car Before Buying – DIY Inspection


[MUSIC PLAYING] (SINGING) 1, 2, 3, 4. Rev up your engines! [ENGINE REVVING] It’s time for ScottyKilmer.com. If you were thinking about
buying a used car then stay tuned, because
today I’m going to show you how to quickly check
out a used car for purchase. Now, all modern cars
are computerized, so if you have one of these OBD2
readers, plug it into the car and you’ll learn a lot. And realize that these OBD2
scanners will fit any car from 1996 to the present. So if you don’t have one,
it’s a good idea to get one. Some are as cheap as 40 bucks. Now, in this Toyota,
you go under the dash. And here’s the plug that
in plugs into right here. You just plug the
code reader right in. It snaps in, then start the car. [ENGINE STARTING] Then the first thing you want to
do is see if there’s any codes. So we’ll choose Read Codes. Well, there is no
code, so that’s good. Now, if there were
any trouble codes, that means there’s a
problem with the car. There aren’t any, so we
know that at least there’s no solid trouble codes. Then you also want to
check a thing that’s called drive cycle monitor. And in this case, you can say
it says all monitors are OK. And that’s really
important to check also, because sometimes the owner
will have the computer reset and it will have problems. Then it would say some of
the monitors weren’t OK yet. You wouldn’t want
to buy the car then. Now, the next thing to do is to
park on a nice, flat surface, and then look under it to see if
there’s any kind of oil leakage that’s dripping
down on the ground. And in this case,
it’s dry as a bone. But we’re going to
jack up the front end anyways to check things. You can learn a lot
by jacking up a car and looking at the underside. You want to look
at the CV joints to make sure they’re
not ripped or torn. And you can check the bottom
of the engine and transmission. And in this case,
they’re bone dry, so they’re not leaking at all. While you have it
jacked up in the air, you can pull on the
tires to see if there’s any suspension where the tire
would wobble back and forth. Now, this car is pretty new. It’s only about a year old. So I know that it
runs pretty good. We’re mainly going to be
looking for body damage to see if the car’s
been wrecked or flooded. So you slam the hood, and then
see if it’s aligned correctly the whole way around. Look at the seam on
one side of the hood and compare it with the seam
on the other side of the hood. And in this case, the right
seam and the left seam look exactly the same, so the
hood hasn’t been crumpled in. And do the same thing
on all the door seams to make sure they look the same
front to back and side to side. So we’re going to
the other side. And they all match, so it wasn’t
whacked one side or the other. Now we’ll pop the trunk
open and look inside to see if it’s been rear ended. Well, the seams inside
are clean and they’re all factory-looking. And now we’ll pick up
the rugs and look inside. And sure, a little
cardboard stuff is ripped. But more importantly,
all these factory seams are still exactly as
the car was built. They haven’t been
touched and done over, so it hasn’t been rear ended. Then you want to go up and down
the car looking at the paint. And look at the reflections,
because that way you can see if there’s
any little dings. As we walk down
the car here, you can see, hey, this
looks strange. There’s a little ding
in the door right here. You’re only going to see it when
you look at the reflections, though, so look closely. Now, of course,
you don’t buy a car just because it has a few
dings but you knock some money off the price. And the last thing you want
to do in this quick check is look at all four tires. Make sure they’re not
[? cupped ?] or have gouges in them, showing that
there’s a problem. These are flat and evenly worn. And then, of course, take
it for a good road test. Drive it for a good
10 minutes in town and 10 miles on the highway. Listen for buzzing noise,
humming noise, clicking noises, and see how the vehicle
tracks at highway speeds, if the steering
wheel goes straight and whether it shakes or not. And then if you’re real
serious about the car, do like my customer did, bring
a car to a mechanic like me to do the final check. Because you’re going to be
saving thousands of dollars buying a used car, so
spend 80 or 90 bucks to have a pro check
it out before you buy. And aside from a little
dent on the side of the door and some cracked
cardboard in the trunk, this Toyota passed
with flying colors. And remember, if you have
any car questions, just visit ScottyKilmer.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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  2. Sounds like most of the steps are just simple common sense. If you don't know anything about a car, take someone with you that does

  3. If u are amatuer chech that is no oil in the water and opposed, and chech the pedal is not without rubber because when a car turn over 400.000 km the rubber on pedals start to dissepeare, and so u drive and hear after bad noises and try break, and the clutch, stop the car, set him in 2 gear, take up the hand brake, give gas, take out clutch like u shall drive, if the motor not die its mean u need change the clutch. And look after oil leaks…. Good luck

  4. Hi scotty, i have been driving toyota cars in my whole life and i am thinking of going for a change when my camry 2012 dies on me. So What car brand is the best to go to for a change ? Please help me! i am not sure if there are any brand that is as reliable as toyota cars…. Lastly could you plz do a review on 2012 camry Le ? I like to hear your opinion on this car! Thank you so much!! I am a big fan of your Channel!

  5. I'm looking to buy a used car in the 2007-2009 range and thinking between a VW golf, honda civic, or mazda 3. I drive automatic and want something reliable. Which one of the three would you consider the best choice in terms of maintenance cost and risk? I need some advices from experts. Thanx

  6. Scotty, it would be great if you could do a similar check on a vehicle that someone is thinking about buying!

  7. At first I couldn’t stand this guy but after watching a few of his videos l have grown to appreciate his knowledge & information. Thanks Scotty Kilmer!

  8. Just had a Toyota Prius inspected and it passed as well. I love taking a car in for an inspection but like to check stuff out myself before that stage. Keeps you from buying a beautiful lemon. Great video

  9. I test drove a 2016 Lexus NX 200 AWD 4 cyl turbocharged F Sport. I was flooring the gas pedal every chance I got. Felt and sounded great but on the 4th try I think the electronics malfunctioned because everything went haywire and the check engine light came on and the yellow triangle with a exclamation point in it came on too plus 4 different messages on dash appeared looping over and over. Should I stay away or is it just a simple reset?

  10. We have a 2009 Honda Pilot and the steering wheel shakes and wobbles when you get to highway speeds?? Any suggestions

  11. Ask or look for a tag that says whether the timingbelt has been replaced and if so when!
    If it hasn't been replaced you can negotiate the price by 400 dollars down (that's the cost for replacing that belt) Because if it is worn out it will rip apart and you can buy a whole new engine/ car

    Correct if I'm wrong though

  12. Would be better if this video were more thorough. For example, didn't check oil dipstick at all. From that you can learn 1) is it an oil burner? 2) does it look like a milkshake (head gasket leak)?

  13. The seams don't tell you much on a Telsa, just that they stink at making bodies (parts pieced together, rather than a real frame or solid body)

  14. The more I watch him , the more I think I've narrowed my car search down then he gives me a new detail about a particular automaker and I decline to pursue the car I want, at this point, I already can buy a car cash money bc I've been saving for over 2 yrs but dammnnnnnnnnnn, I'm stuck now , checked out low mileage Camry Cadillac cts, NissanAltima, Chrysler 300, charger , Camaro, Ford Taurus, Lexus, lol I may as well keep stacking and just invest in a home and say forget the car

  15. Once I bought a 99 BMW and after about a week after buying I realized the passenger door wouldn't open from the inside. So whenever my wife drove with me she had to roll her window down and open from the outside

  16. Thanks Scotty. I like to watch all your videos as I'm very fond of cars and you provide very useful info.

  17. Hi Scotty, I am a long time fan and luv your vids.
    Question: What about buying a Salvage titled car from a dealer
    that repaired it?
    In this case, the guy has a 2018 Civic with 9500 miles showing.
    He wants $10,000.

  18. i'm going to bring this dude over when i go buy my used 90's Jaguar vanden plas, hope he's open to taking some cash and a cold beer!
    I'm so freaking serious about this!!!!!!!!! Watching videos don't do it for me, i need THE MAN himself to inspect it and rip the salesman to bits and get me the Kelly Book suggested price, not a dollar more!!!

  19. Scotty is so right about having a professional look at it. I knew enough about engines to check out a car. Everything in the engine was fine, body was great, come to find out the transmission needed to be replaced and it had a serious SRS failure. So that was not fun. That 100-200 would have saved me easily 3-4k.

  20. Always know when buying used it got sold for a reason an not just because somebody needed money fast if ur buying for a salesman he dnt giv a fuk about the car he will till u it came from god best cars to buy are from ppl who owned them for awhile

  21. What was the car in the video? First I thought maybe a Camry, then thought, maybe not. Couldn't recognize the front grill…

  22. Hi Scotty,it is nice idea to use DIY scan tool to check used car before buying.
    Launch Creader 3001 CRP123E CRP129E is not bad for the cost

  23. HAY Scotty got a question for you !what's your thoughts on purchasing a 2008 Lincoln M.k.X with 200000 miles on it ?

  24. Ive heard some codes can be cloaked by pulling the battery. What do you do then? Test drive it and then scan it?

  25. Need an advice. I want to buy 2008 Toyota Corolla with 118k millages on run pre inspection test and it came out that the a.c doesn't working and also have engine leak the technician said eprex 2000 repair everything
    The asking price of the car is 5500 idk if it worth to try negotiate a lower price and fix it at that point.
    And if so what will be the best price

  26. Hello sir, your content is really helpfull.
    I am planning to buy 2011-12 honda city AT with 67k Kms on odo and I want to install cng in it.
    My running is 30-35k Kms per year and I want to use it for 1 lac Kms.
    Is it advisable to go with this idea in terms of reliability and maintenance ?
    I am college student and want a reliable, comfortable, automatic and easy-on-pocket car which I can use for next 3 years in Delhi.
    Please reply, thanks.

  27. The more videos of Scotty I see the better! I love learning new things I didn’t know before and every video from this guy has been solid! Thanks!!!

  28. Scotty you didn’t check for a blown head gasket. Water and Oil mixing together. And check for unusual smoke coming out the tailpipe

  29. I love watching your videos.. You're always energetic and enthusiastic on giving people good info about cars.. Thanks a lot, God bless and stay healthy… 😀

  30. I tested a salvage 2000 Toyota Sienna with 48K miles. It was formerly a corporate lease vehicle. Paid $75 for a Toyota shop to look it over and they said it was in fantastic shape. 225K miles later and it’s still going strong

  31. how many car sellers would allow the vehicle be taken to a shop ? Just wondering? Try that move at a dealership,,,,,

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