How to Check a Used Car Before Buying (Checking the Engine)

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Learn how to inspect the engine of a used car so you don’t get stuck with a bad car. I show you how to check for head gasket leaks, check the fluids, see if the car was in a front end collision, and much more!

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21 Comments
  1. yehuda cohen says

    Here's a tip: stay away from Jaguars

  2. Jonas Juarez says

    I'm just looking for a beater car for work and to run from A to B (family stuff etc) is it ok to not worry too much about some of the things here? Wouldn't be spending more than $2300 or $2500… Looking at some 90s Camry's and Corollas as I hear they are the most reliable engines ever.

  3. DRIVERS LQQK says

    A rule of thumb was always how clean the trunk was kept usually at the trunk was kept clean the rest of car was kept in pretty good maintenance if the trunk is full of junk and dirt probably the car is junk in Dirt 2 just not always go by but it's a first sign when I see a junk trunk I just walked the other way.

  4. Lomasbrutal says

    After waste the seller time. Did this guy buy the car?

  5. Zach M says

    The van you showed burning oil was the exact navy blue van I pictured in my head…I don't understand how there are so many still on the road.

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  8. Joe Troutt says

    CHRIS: Why was the check engine light cleared?

    SELLER: My mechanic did that when he changed the O2 sensor

    CHRIS: Sounds good to me

    SELLER: He believed that? SUCKER LOL

  9. Roddy Rod says

    chris got his fix that very day.

  10. EABA EndAllBeAll says

    Foam on the cap is not a sure sign of a head gasket leak. If the car sits a lot or only drives short distance than it will do that as well.

  11. Dan R says

    First Google the car for common problems. Some cars are great, some are unexpected. Ford Fiesta's and Focus' with the dual clutch automatics are on the never ever buy list.

  12. Charles Beers says

    That is a Ford Contour JAG

  13. Zal says

    I just subscribed, very nice calming voice, explanation and great tips. .. Thank you

  14. Ben Hubinger says

    Chris, at 8: 41 you mentioned worn out piston rings. Do you have a video on replacing piston rings? If not, can you make one? Thanks!

  15. Ben says

    Swiftly rushed outside to check for milkshake we good guys loool

  16. hayley mckay says

    That crossmember damage looked dodgy, seemed like shody repair work too, with rust as well! I would've walked away at that point.

  17. Mohammed Yousuf says

    I am a car dealer in Romford (UK) Super Bargain Cars Ltd and experienced first hand Honda goes forever regardless hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock and got bullet proof technology. But sadly most people go after shapes and not the reliability. If you want peace of mind then go for Honda. Then out of European brands go for Mercedes which got least amount of electronics problems but if you really want bmw and Audi make sure you get longer warranty to stay away from heavy bills. Any advise please send us email or call us from our website so would be happy to help. All the best!

  18. Margi Williams says

    Hey I know this video is old but to the seller be honest don't try to hide anything from the buyer

  19. Concept Symetry Guitars says

    This is a great video. Two things stood out as soon as Chris opened the bonnet. The car was running on minimum water level and it had the wrong battery which did not fit. The front end damage is much worse than it looks and will probably lead to a new radiator, oil cooler, AC condensor as well as replacing the plastic bumper. Unless you have the skills to put it right just walk away. Also, never buy a car from a parking lot or lay-by. There is a reason the owner does not want you know where they live.

  20. SleeplessinOC says

    Man I could have saved myself money and the subsequent expenses if I had been smarter about a used car I had bought (which I no longer have but that’s a long story ). I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone the story but I’m gonna definitely be more careful the next time.

  21. X Y says

    Do you have a car on sale?
    I need one 🙏🙏🙏pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez

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