How to Check Used Car Before Buying?

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If you’re thinking about buying a used car then stay tuned because today I’m going to show you, How to check used car before buying.

Use An OBD Reader

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All modern cars are computerized so if you have one of these OBD2 readers plug it into the car. 

With this tool you can learn a lot. 

Realize that these OBD ii scanners will fit any car from 1996 to the present so if you don’t have one it’s a good idea to guilt one summers cheapest $40.

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In this Toyota you go under the dash.

Tere’s the plug that it plugs into right here (see image).

You just plug the card reader right in it snaps in then start the car.

Then the first thing I want to do is see if there’s any code.

Well if  there’s no code so that’s good.

But if there were any trouble codes that means there’s a problem with the car.

Then you also want to check drive cycle monitor.

That’s really important to check also because sometimes the owner will have the computer reset and there will have problems.

Then it would say some of the monitors weren’t okay yet you wouldn’t want to buy the car then.

Look Under The Car

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The next thing to do is to park on a nice flat surface and then look under to see if there’s any kind of oil leakage that’s dripping down underground. 

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If there any sign of leakage, then next thing to do is jack up the front end  to check things.

You can learn a lot by jacking up a car and looking at the underside.

You have to look at the CV joints to make sure they’re not ripped or torn.

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 Also you can check the bottom of the engine and transmission to check if the dry.

While you have it jacked up in the air,

you can pull on the tires see if there’s any suspension where where the tire would wobble back and forth.

Check The Body

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The other thing is, you should check if there any  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 what the seam on the other side of the hood.

And do the same thing on all the door seems to make sure they look the same front to back and side to side. 

Also pop the trunk open and look inside to see if body been rear-ended,

and pick up the rugs and look inside to check is there any damages.

You should 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.

Of course you don’t buy a car just cuz there’s a few dings but you knock some money off the price.

Check All Tires And Test On Road

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Then the last thing you want to do is quick check is look at all four tires.

Make sure tires not cupped or have  gouges in them showing that there’s a problem.

And then of course, take it for a good road test.

Drive it for a good ten minutes in town and ten miles on the highway.

Listen for buzzing noise, humming noise, clicking noises and see all the vehicle tracks at highway speeds,

if the steering will go straight and whether you chase or not. 

And then if you’re real serious about the car, then  take the car to a mechanic like me to do the final check.

Because you’re gonna be saving thousands of dollars mine used cars so spend 80 or 90 bucks to have a pro check it out before you buy. 

Ok guys, hope now you know how to check used car before buying, and if you have any questions, please comment below. Thanks for reading. Peace.

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