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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.
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
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