What is a Good Deal when Buying a Used Car? (How to Buy a Used Car)

Learn how to call the owner of a used car, figure out what the car is worth, run a free VIN number check, and many other tips and tricks. If you see a used car for sale on the side of the road and want to know if it is worth going for a test drive, I go though all of the things you want to do before you go on the test drive. This way you wont waste your time and so you don’t get ripped off!

Episode 1: The “Side of the Road Inspection”:

Episode 3 Engine Inspection: https://youtu.be/HDv5bUR_Plo?list=PLvKbarVtwhUv6bjLhJSyaEOxaYy03j7QS
Episode 4: Interior & Exterior Inspection:

Episode 5: Test Drive and Negotiation:

Link to the FREE downloadable ChrisFix Used Car Inspection Checklist:

OBD2 Scanner I use: http://amzn.to/1XNUGfz
Free VIN Check (stolen car and salvage): https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck
Free VIN Check (recalls): https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
KBB Trade in Value Calculator: http://www.kbb.com/whats-my-car-worth/
NADA Trade in Value Calculator: http://www.nadaguides.com/Cars

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  1. I’m a little confused. In my situation I’m looking at a 2005 Prius with 72k miles on it. When I checked KBB I looked at the “New and Used car prices”. and selected I was looking at a private seller. it gave a price that is lower but relatively close to the sellers price.

    The trade in value (via the link you suggested) is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than the buyers price. (by almost half) What would you recommend in this situation?

  2. Expecting a private party to sell a car to a private party at dealer trade-in value is completely unreasonable. They might as well trade it in to the dealer and get the sales tax benefit on the new car and not worry about any paperwork.

  3. I bought a 90 Toyota Corolla GT-S AE92 with a 4AGE with 140k original miles (in near perfect condition) for 2k … how does this work?i offered 1.2k and the owner wouldn’t budge.. even walked away from it for a day and slept on it … the thing drove really amazing at the time… 2 years later I’ve replaced ALOT of parts, luckily I got back 1800$ and another 600$ from insurance money, the car still runs pretty damn good and is in okay shape now :/ needs a makeover for sure

  4. Hey Chrisfix I was interested in a 2006 Mazdas S V6 from Facebook everything sounded good but I wanted to make sure so I ask the owner I’ll meet you somewhere the next day to give it an examination and a test drive unfortunately he said he sold it to a buyer without taking in consideration of making sure everything was good because I received the text three hours after messaging him and it was late so I doubt the other buyer went to see it that quickly cause I could of met him on the same day but he told see me tomorrow. Did I regret the decision of not buying it on the spot? The miles were 116 K just a little problems that sounded like a easy fix around 3000 dollars total paint looked good but the car was dirty so yeah let me know I would appreciate it, thanks!!!

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