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USED CAR CHECK LÌST
Make Model ?ear
Mlllaaes 8ealsLraLlon numŦ
Lnalne numŦ vln

08f8 0089
approved
No
approved
Cbservat|ons
8usL or accldenL damaae
uoors (lock and unlock) from lnslde and ouLslde
Wlndows (open and closed) check edaes
1runk (open and closed)
Pood (open and closed)
ÞalnLwork
1lres (same brandţ look slmllarţ how old?)
Cll or flulds leaks (look under Lhe car)
390fl0f 0089

Lnalne (cleanţ dlrLv?)
Lnalne oll
8adlaLor
8adlaLor coolanL (should be clean)
8aLLerv (vear)
38l80 90 08f

CarpeL (look under)
SeaLs (Lrv Lo ad[usL Lhem and chanae poslLlon)
SeaL belLs (noL fraved or faded)
lnLerlor llahL (doors)
uashboard llahLs
8adlo
AC (cooler)
AC (heaLer)
Washer
Þower recepLacle (Lrv lL)
!ack and Lool klL (lncluded) ask
ll098 (ask Lhe seller Lo operaLe whlle vou look)

lnLermlLLenL
PeadllahLs (hlah and low)
1urn slanals
8rake llahLs
8everse llahLs
Llcense plaLe llahL
0fl9l30 90 08f

1ransmlsslon (Lrv Þ_8_Þ_u_8)
8rakes (brake sLronalv aL 30mph)
SLeerlna (Lrv Lhe wheel wlLhouL hand)
Lnalne (llsLen when acceleraLe)
Suspenslon (llsLen when over bumps)

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1hls ls a shorL bloa l prepared afLer mv experlence of one monLh buvlna a used carŦ l´m noL an experL ln
carsţ howeverţ l belleve Lhe Llme l spenL researchlna on how Lo buv l used car pald me backŦ l aoL a
MlLsublshl lancer 2002ţ 98ţ000 mllesţ 4c for uS$ 3700 ln verv aood condlLlons exLerlor and lnLerlorŦ l
flnlshed so exhausLed and happv afLer aeLLlna Lhe car LhaL l Lhouahţ l could share mv flndlnas wlLh oLher
poLenLlal buvers ln Lhe webŦ keep ln mlnd LhaL common sense and followlna vour lnLulLlon are also
lmporLanL ln Lhls LaskŦ LLAvL CCMMLn1S and 8A1L

Genera| ku|es
kULL 1 never buv a vehlcle wlLhouL LesL drlvlna lL
kULL 2 lf Lhe vehlcle does noL sLarLţ ldle or run wellţ don'L belleve Lhe excuse LhaL ºlL onlv needs
a LuneŴup" lf LhaL's all lL neededţ lL would have been flxed alreadv
kULL 3 never buv a vehlcle even lf lL looks perfecL Lo vouŦ unless vou are an experL on cars (LhaL l don'L
Lhlnk vou are slnce vou are readlna Lhls posL) even lf Lhe vehlcle passed Lhe check llsL aboveţ Lhe nexL
sLep ls Lo Lake lL Lo a professlonal lnspecLlonŦ 8ememberť vou are noL and experL ln carsŦ
kULL 4 never buv a car wlLhouL checklna Lhe hlsLorv of Lhe car uslna AuLofax or AuLocheckŦ (ln mv
oplnlon AuLocheck ls much beLLer and less expenslve)Ŧ l found some reallv badţ refurblshedţ
reassembled carţ LhaL looks aood buL were a bad lemonŦ AuLocheck showed me Lhe facLsŦ

LkÞLANA1ICN CI 1nL CnLCk LI51

l prepared Lhe used car check llsL afLer revlewlna Lhe mosL popular used car check llsLs on lnLerneLŦ (See
references aL Lhe end of Lhe documenL)Ŧ 1he maln aoal of Lhe llsL ls Lo have a SlnCLL LAS? paper Lo have
ln vour hand Lhe dav vou are maklna Lhe lnspecLlon of Lhe used car vou wanL Lo buvŦ 1haL ls whv Lhe llsL
doesn'L have lona explanaLlons (as Lhe oLher llsLs vou wlll flnd onllne have) reaardlna everv sLep vou
have Lo checkŦ noneLhelessţ l sLronalv recommend readlna Lhose llsLs Looţ because Lhev explaln how Lo
check some lmporLanL sLuffŦ lndeedţ vou should know how Lo check Lhe suaaesL lssues ln Lhe llsL before
Lhe dav of vour appolnLmenL wlLh Lhe sellerŦ ?ou can pracLlce wlLh vour frlend´s carŦ 1rusL meţ lL doesn'L
maLLer wheLher ls wlLh a dealer or a prlvaLe sellerţ boLh of Lhem wlll be verv lmpresslve on how vou do
evervLhlna lf vou use Lhe llsL properlvŦ 8uL more lmporLanLţ Lhe llsL wlll pav vou back slnce vou can ask
for a dlscounL everv Llme vou flnd some mlnor Lroubles whlle checklna Lhe carŦ AL leasL LhaL happened Lo
meŦ lrom mv own experlence l aoL verv poslLlve resulLs followlna Lhe llsLŦ

1he llsL doesn'L excuse vou from maklna vour own research and learnlna how Lhe Llme consumlna Lask
of buvlna a used car worksŦ


Suggestions before buying a used car:
O L|m|t your searchŦ 1wo or Lhree brandsţ a maxlmum of mlles and an averaae prlceŦ lor
lnsLanceţ mv llmlL search wasť
,akeť 1ovoLaţ Pondaţ MlLsublshl (because Lhelr low aas consumpLlon)
earť 1999 and up
,||esť less Lhan 130ţ000
,||es per ga||onť 28 and up
Þr|ceť 3000 Ŷ 4300
oorsť 4 doorsŦ l belleve 2 doors cars are for fancvţ rlch or selflsh peopleŦ Cr for
persons wlLh Lhe Lhree quallLles LoaeLherŦ !usL klddlna!!! l [usL know LhaL Lrvlna
Lo aeL ln Lhe back of a car wlLh onlv Lwo doors ls Lhe mosL uncomforLable
experlence everŦ l don'L wanL Lo mv frlends havlna LhaL bad experlenceŦ l wanL Lo
alve conforLable rldesŦ
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O A dea|er or pr|vate se||er?
a) ea|er
( + ) Less Llme consumlna
WarranLv afLer buvlna Lhe car
( Ŵ ) Cars are uS$ around 1000 and 2000 more expenslve Lhan Lhe same cars
buvlna Lhem from a prlvaLe seller
b) Þr|vate se||er
( + ) Less expenslveţ ma[or posslblllLles of aeLLlna a verv aood deal
( Ŵ ) Llme consumlnaŦ ?ou have Lo aeL Lhe experlence of experLs before buvlna Lhe
carŦ 1haL means more monev and more LlmeŦ

O Jh|ch webpage?
O ln mv oplnlon carsŦcomţ ebav and oLhers doL com companlesţ are aood lf vou
have a budaeL hlaher Lhan uS$ 3000Ŧ lor less Lhan LhaLţ ln Lhose paaes vou wlll
onlv aeL reassemble carsţ or cars wlLh verv (verv) hlah mllesŦ 1rusL meŤ l spenL
hours and hours looklna ln Lhose paaesŦ Cf courseţ Lhere are some excepLlonsŦ
O CralallsLŦ AlLhouah lL has all Lhe scammers and Lhe lnsecurlLv of belna cheaLed bv
an lmmoral sellerţ lf vou Lake Lhe approprlaLe sLepsţ ls Lhe besL wavŦ

O 1IÞ on Cra|gs||stť
a) L|m|t the searchŦ
When vou are looklna for Lhe cars declde wheLher vou wlll look for dealers or
prlvaLe sellers or boLhŦ Cllck ln on|y by dea|ers or onlv bv on|y by ownerŦ AfLer
comparlna Lhe offers of dealers and owners l declded Lo onlv used Lhe lasL one
and seL up Lhe search prlce beLween 3000 Ŷ 4300Ŧ

b) Update and refresh your browser
lf vou are plannlna Lo buv Lhe car uslna CralasllsL or anv oLher web provlder keep
ln mlnd LhaL aood deals run awav fasLer Lhan vou LhlnkŦ l conLacLed a loL of
sellers LhaL even afLer 20 or 10 mlnuLes of publlshlna Lhelr ads Lhev sald Lo me
someone alreadv asked Lhem Lo ao Lo see Lhe carŦ 1he polnL ls LhaL vou should
keep an eve ln vour browser because aood deals sLav onlv for less Lhan an hour
before someone ask Lo ao Lo see Lhe carŦ lor Lhe car l flnallv bouahL l found Lhe
ad on CralasllsL whlle l was ln a bar on lrldav nlahLţ 1pmŦ l was wlLh mv lphone
keeplna an eve and updaLlna columbusŦcralasllsLŦora/cLo/ everv 30 mlnuLes or
soŦ l know lL sounds lnsaneţ buL LrusL meţ lL pald me backŦ MosL of Lhe Llme
sellers onlv compromlsed Lo meeL wlLh Lhe flrsL person who conLacLs LhemŦ

O 5ome ma|n quest|ons before meet|ng w|th the se||er
All Lhe Llme when l was LexLlna Lhe sellersţ Lhese were mv maln quesLlonsţ verv shorL
andţ based ln mv researchŦ
a) WhaL are Lhe mlles per aallon?
b) Anv accldenL ln Lhe pasL?
c) ls Lhls Lhe lowesL prlce vou can offer?
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uo noL ever Lhlnk LhaL Lhe prlce Lhe seller posL ls lLs lowesL prlceţ even lf Lhev sav
ºnoL neaoLlable"Ŧ ?ou don'L lose anvLhlna bv asklna and Lrvlna Lo neaoLlaLeŦ ln mv caseţ
because l ask for fewer prlces and because Lhe mechanlc deLecLed an lmporLanL lssue ln
Lhe car l bouahLţ l aoL a reducLlon of 300 dollars from Lhe orlalnal prlceŦ

O Jhat to br|ng when v|s|t|ng the buyer?
a) ÞrlnL Lhe llsL l preparedţ feel free Lo modlfvlna lLţ or addlna or deleLlna some
sLuffs vou Lhlnk are noL lmporLanL Lo vouŦ Make vour own llsL based ln oLher llsLsŦ
b) A pen
c) 1wo or Lhree napklns for checklna Lhe ollŦ And a small plasLlc baa for puLLlna Lhe
napkln ln vour pockeL afLer uslna lLŦ uon'L Lhrouah Lhe napkln ln Lhe floorŦ
d) A spoLllahL for looklna lnslde of Lhe enalne and oLher parLsŦ Þrobablv vou won'L
flnd anvLhlna lmporLanL slnce vou are noL an experL on carsŦ 8uLţ deLecLlna a
leaklna or an oxldlzed parL onlv requlred common senseŦ
e) A devlce LhaL vou could connecL ln Lhe power recepLacle
f) A maaneLŦ lL helps vou Lo deLecL fake parLs ln Lhe exLernal bodv of Lhe carŦ

O now to dress? Ckţ don'L lauah aL me because of Lhe quesLlonţ flrsLţ [usL Lhlnk abouL lLŦ ln
a world where markeLlna and lmaae ls evervLhlna (or aL leasLţ verv lmporLanL) don'L vou
Lhlnk Lhe wav vou dress ls aolna Lo be lmporLanL for Lhe lmpresslon vou wlll alve Lo Lhe
sellerŦ Soţ ln mv oplnlonţ vou should dress llke a poLenLlal buverţ wlLh a cloLh LhaL could
LransmlL securlLv and confldenceŦ

O est day and month to purchase a car?
a) uurlna Lhe bealnnlna and Lhe sLarL of sprlna of Lhe academlc unlverslLv vearŦ
MosL of Lhe people don'L know LhaL durlna Lhe bealnnlna and end of sprlna
quarLer hundreds of lnLernaLlonal sLudenLs araduaLe and have Lo come back Lo
Lhelr counLrlesŦ uurlna LhaL Llme Lhev wlll Lrv Lo sell as fasL as Lhev can Lhelr carsŦ
ln facLţ Lhe aood deal l aoL wlLh Lhe MlLsublshl was wlLh an lnLernaLlonal sLudenLŦ

1hese onlv applv Lo dealersŦ
b) Sundavs afLernoon ls Lhe besL dav Lo aeL Lhe mosL from Lhe dealer lf vou know
how Lo neaoLlaLeŦ Sundav ls Lhe lasL dav of Lhelr week and Lhev wlll Lrv Lo aeL a
sell as hard as Lhev can slnce Lhev aeL Lhelr pavmenL bv Lhe percenL of Lhelr
weeklv sellŦ
c) Lnd of the ,onthŦ !usL as dealers have vearlv quoLasţ Lhev have monLhlv onesŦ
ºlL ls Lrue LhaL a loL of manufacLurers offer dealers volume bonus lncenLlvesţ"
1oprak conflrmsŦ º1hev wlll sav lf vou sell 20 Camrvs Lhls monLh we'll alve vou
$300Ŧ"
d) Lnd of mode| yearŦ 1ake ln mlnd LhaL car's model vear doesnƌL alwavs
correspond wlLh Lhe calendar vear (Lhere are 2011 models on sale [usL Lhree
monLhs lnLo 2010)Ŧ
e) Lnd of the Ca|endar earŦ Accordlna Lo 1rueCar's daLaţ Lhe absoluLe besL dav Lo
buv a car wlll be uecember 26Ŧ Cn LhaL davţ Lhev predlcL dealers wlll offer new
cars aL an averaae of 6Ŧ83 percenL below MS8ÞŦ 1he second besL dav Lo buv ls
november 26ţ Lhe dav afLer 1hanksalvlnaţ when dealers wlll dlscounL cars bv
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6Ŧ76 percenLŦ ln facLţ slx of Lhe 10 besL davs Lo buv a new car all vear fall wlLhln
Lhe monLhs of CcLoberţ november and uecemberŦ

O 1ake the car to the mechan|cŦ
lf Lhe car passes vour check llsLţ and vou reallv llke lLţ Lake lL Lo Lhe mechanlcŦ Loalcallvţ
slnce Lhe seller won´L alve vou Lhe car Lo Lake lL wlLh vou and check lLţ lnvlLe Lhe seller Lo
ao wlLh vou Lo Lhe mechanlcŦ
Cood luck buvlna vour carţ use common senseţ make vour own research and Lake Lhe car Lo a
mechanlc before buvlna lLŦ uon'L aeL a lemon!!!
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