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

Hey guys! ChrisFix here, and today I’m gonna show you how to buy a used car. If you haven’t seen the first video on
how to buy a used car, go watch that now, … … because in that video I show you how to
inspect a car without the owner around. Like if you just saw it on the side of the road, with the “for sale” sign in the window. You could find a link to that video in the description. In this video right now, I’m gonna show you what question you wanna ask the owner, … … when you give him a call on the phone; I’m gonna show you how to
look up th value of the car, … … so you know what price you wanna negotiate
down to, and if you’re getting a good deal or not; I’m gonna show you how to check
the VIN number for free; And also gonna go over a couple other tips that
should be helpful, when buying a used car. So lets begin by calling the owner. [ringback tone] (Owner – Hello?) Chris – Hey, how is it going? I’m calling about the Jaguar. I have a couple of questions (Owner – Alright, Great.) I know we just started, but I wanna stop the call real quick, because I actually made a mistake here. When the car is on the side of a road like this, the first thing you wanna say is: “Hello? I’m calling about the car for sale.” You don’t wanna name a specific car!
Just ask about a car for sale. That way, if the person sells used cars on the side,
or they’re a dealer, they are gonna respond: … “Which one?”, since they sell multiple cars. If it’s a private owner, they won’t ask wich one,
because they’re selling just that car. And then knowing, if it’s a private owner, vs. a dealer
is important, becase it helps you understand… … why the car is beeing sold, and it tells you if the guy selling that car does this profesionally or not. Ok, so lets go back to the call. (Owner – Alright, Great.) Chris – Could you tell me a little bit about the car, like, how many miles? Does everything work in it? Chris – Does it need anything? (Owner – Oh, yes. Umm… It’s a 2004 Jaguar X-type…) (Owner – Umm… All wheel drive, it’s great for the snow.) (Owner – There’s a sunroof… Uhh… Navigation system…) (Owner – Basically all the luxury options
that come with a Jaguar.) (Owner – Uh… Everything seems to work well…) (Owner – The car doesn’t really need any work, uhh… might need some front brakes soon.) (Owner – My wife just used it to take the kids
to school and the soccer practise, …) (Owner – … but other than that it runs great.) Chris – Ok, could you tell me why are you selling it? (Owner – I need a bigger car… Umm…) (Owner – Taking the soccer practise just doesn’t really work in this car, so I’m getting a SUV.) Chris – [laugh] Gotcha.
(Owner – Taking the soccer practise just doesn’t really work in this car, so I’m getting a SUV.) (Owner – Taking the soccer practise just doesn’t really work in this car, so I’m getting a SUV.) Chris – Gotcha. Ok, um… are there
any “check engine” lights? (Owner – Uh… No, not at all.) (Owner – There was one, uh… while back an oxygen sensor I had to replace, and never show up ever since.) Chris – And I noticed the front bumper has a crack on it.
Do you know what that’s from? (Owner – Yeah, last year I was parked on a street and uh.. snowstorm uh.. Plow hit it, the front…) (Owner – Uh… Tried to use some epoxy, glue it
back together, just so it was driveable.) (Owner – It doesn’t look great, but it works…
um… still together a year after.) (Owner – I’m sure you can replace it with a… part from the junkyard… It shouldn’t cost too much.) Chris – And how much are you asking? (Owner – Uh… $3000.) Chris – Awesome. Ok, great. Chris – Well, the souds nice… I’m looking at it right now, actually, in the parking lot. Chris – And I’m looking for a Jaguar… Chris – Could we go for a test drive sometime,
are you free this week? (Owner – Uh… Not this week, but I can do it, um…
How’s next Friday?) Chris – Yeah, next Friday works.
Does around three work for you? (Owner – Um… A little later…) Chris – Ok, as long as we can get the
test drive in before the sun goes down,
’cause I wanna see the car with the sun still up. Chris – So like four o’clock or something like that? (Owner – Yeah, four’ll work fine.) Chris – Ok, great. Friday at four, I’ll shoot you
a text in the morning. Chris – Thanks a lot man, what’s your name by the way? (Owner – Frank) Chris – Ok, Frank, thanks a lot. I’m Chris
and I’ll see you next week. (Frank – Great.) Alright, a week later we’re meeting up with the owner a little bit earlier than we talked on the phone, … … just because I need to film. But I have a couple of things that I wanna go over and wanna show you before we meet with him. So, the first thing I wanna go over
is my updated check list. This is gonna help you guys tremedously. You can download this and print it out for free,
with the link in the description. I’m really proud of this checklist, and I think it’s a great tool. It’s what I use everytime I look at a car. The first thing we have here are questions
you could ask the owner. These are just basic of the questions that I definitely want to ask the owner when I meet him. But make sure that you also ask him any questions you have and you could think of. Next on my checklist, I have things
that you wanna bring. The first thing you wanna bring is an OBD2 scanner, something to plug in to the computer… …so you can read the cars computer. You also wanna make sure that you bring one of
these fridge-type magnets, … …they’re weak, but for testing to see, if there’s any Bondo™ or bodyfiller used over the bodywork. Good idea to bring a flashlight, because if you can’t see some certain spots in the engine compartment, … …a flashlight will help you light that up. Bring a paper towel.
Depending what vehicle you’re looking at, you migth be able to check the tranmission fluid, … …the oil, the brake fluid and the powersteering fluid. And finally, bring a pen, so that you can check off different things on your checklist… To make it easier to make sure you didn’t miss anything. The next thing on the list;
After you go see the car initially, you get home… …you wanna make sure you check the value of the car.
I’m gonna show you how to do that in a second. You wanna check the VIN, so make sure you record the VIN number. I’ll also show you ho to do that. And there’s 3 VIN checks,
I have the links right on the paper. And you wanna write down any major problems from your reserch, that the car might have. In this case, I did a bunch of reserch on Jaguar X-types,
to see what common problems they have, … …and I listed them all in this section. So let me show you how to find the value of the car. So there are 2 different sources I like to
go off of to find the value of the car. NADA and KBB They’re just 2 different companies I use. The first thing we’ll look at is the NADA value… You plug in all the information about the car: the year, the mileage, the options it has… In this case, we have a rough to average condition car. And when you’re negotiating, you wanna try to get as close to the trade-in value as you can. The trade-in value is how much a dealership is gonna give you for the car, if you decide to trade it in. So in this case, if the dealership is gonna get around $2000, that’s what you wanna try to get it for. The trade-in value is the value that I go off of,
to find a good deal. If you can get it anywhere near that value,
you got yourself a good deal. Now if we look at the KBB pricing, the trade-in is significantly lower than what the guy’s asking. The guy is asking $3000,
and the trade-in value is around a $1000. Even if you know what the value of the car should be, don’t expect somebody to drop that much, … …just because you tell them that’s what it’s worth. So from all this information we have a good idea. We wanna be betwen $1000 and $2000. I’ll leave links to the sites in the description, so that you can easily find them… …and check the value of the used car
you’re looking at as well. The next thing I have are 2 different sites,
that are free, to check the VIN. You could use a paid service, but realise, even the paid services aren’t gonna tell you the whole story all the time It only tells you reported problems! And a lot of timest people won’t report
accidents to their insurence company, … …so there’s not gonna be a record of that accident. So even if you pay for the report, you won’t know
for sure if there’s been an accident or not. Real quick, if you don’ know where to
find the VIN number, there’s a VIN number
located at the drivers side… …where the windshield meets the hood, right here. I always write that down, or take a picture with my phone so I can look it up later. You could actually search a VIN number in a
Google search and sometimes you’ll be surprised
at the info you might find. But I have 2 good sources that you could use,
that are free, that’ll check the VIN. I put these link right on our sheet,
so you could easly find them… …and the first one is gonna be NICB. You put in your VIN number and it tells you
if there’s a theft record, … …and it tells you if there’s a total loss or salvage record. In this case, this Jaguar came clean. The next link is just gonna if there’s any recalls
for the vehicle, ’cause you wanna make sure
that recall work has been done. Again, you put in your VIN and it gives you
any information about that. And one really important thing that I found out by putting in the VIN number… …is the actual year of the car. The owner says it’s a 2004, but in reality,
this is a 2003 Jaguar. So that changes the value of the car and how
I’m gonna negotiate that value. So even though there’s no
problems or anything with the car, … …I got a valuable information about the correct year. So we haven’t even gone on a test drive yet,
and we got so much valuable information. And the other thing I wanna say,
before we go meet the owner… The owner is really nice, he’s letting me film… He asked me not to include him,
as much as possible, I’ll blur out his face… He’s not gonna be too involved,
except for the actual test drive part… …and obviously meeting him and negotiating. But I told him “Don’t worry”, you know, “I’m gonna
try to go as quick as possible.” And the whole idea is to teach you guys,
what I do when I go look at a used car. So enough of this chit-chat, let’s go drive
over there and check out the car. So I’m just waiting for the owner,
he’ll be here in a few minutes. And one thing i wanna mention is:
meet in a safe location! We’re in a parking lot, you can see it’s super busy, there are tons of people, it’s a public place… Very important. Also, make sure you don’t have
your money on your person! You wanna have it in your car! So put the money in the glove box, so that, you know,
if somebody tries to jump you or something… …they don’t have any money to get. And then finally, don’t get emotional.
That’s super important. And there’s the car. Ok, good, so he’s here Don’t get emotional. Don’t think
about buying the car today, … …because 9 times out of 10
you’re gonna be walking away. And the other thing is: don’t be afraid to walk away. You don’t wanna get caught up thinking
“I really need this car” or “I really want this car.” Because then it’s a lot easier
to make bad decisions and overpay. And that’s definitely not what you want. So with everything that we just went over, let’s go and say hello to the owner and check out this car. Chris – How are you doing? Chris. (Frank – How’s it goin’? Frank.) Chris – Nice to meet you, Frank.
(Frank – Nice to meet.) Chris – Alright, here she is. Chris – So as you know I’m filming. (Frank – Yes.)
Chris – So as you know I’m filming. Chris – I wanna film this, so that people
could know how to buy a used car. Chris – This might take a little while,
but I’m a serious buyer, so… (Frank – Take all the time you need.) Chris – If I could get the keys and
check stuff out that’d be great. (Frank – Oh, yeah, absolutely.)
Chris – If I could get the keys and
check stuff out that’d be great. Chris – Are there any other keys besides this one? (Frank – No, unforunately that’s the only one.) Chris – Ok, that’s good to know. Chris – Ok, let’s go check out this car. So in the next video, which you could easly
get to by clicking on the screen or
finding the link in the description… In that video, we’re gonna go over everything
you should look at when ispecting a used car. From inspecting the interior,… …checking under the hood,… …showing you how to test drive the car,.. …and then negotiating on a price. And then maybe coming home with the car. As always, Hopefully the video was helpful. And if you’re not subscribed, consider subscribing. And if you have any tips or tricks that I didn’t cover,
and you wanna share them, feel free to comment below. Because that’s not only gonna help other viewers,… …but it’s also gonna help me, because I learn a bunch of new tips & tricks from you guys all the time.

100 comments on “What is a Good Deal when Buying a Used Car? (How to Buy a Used Car)”

  1. James Wasielak says:

    If I see a car I’m interested in on a marketplace like kijiji. Could I ask the owner for the vin?

  2. drift skills says:

    How to buy a used car: give the owner money and he will give you the car.

  3. BaconX12 says:

    Bought a used 1992 BMW 525i for $500 from a dealership. Its actually in fantastic condition and it was a showroom model 😀 Use it as my daily driver and she drives like a beauty too! 😀

  4. warmkaril1 says:

    Instead of asking "have there been any problems with this car" (a yes or no response), ask "what problems have you had with this car?" which elicits an open-ended reply, more than yes or no, since very likely EVERY car has had its fair share of problems. If they have no problems to speak of that may be a red flag as they haven't spent nearly enough time with the car to know how it was treated (might be a dealer or car flipper)

  5. Mar L says:

    You never told him that you were recording him.

  6. ɱễśțễř ẶĶ says:

    You are awesome

  7. Ryan T.A says:

    this ain't useful in the third world…

  8. kidwooh86 kidwooh86 says:

    Now i can beat you car scammers

  9. kidwooh86 kidwooh86 says:

    Bring your gun

  10. Dmitry S says:

    When you first spotted the car for sale it already had Chris Fix license plates on it?

  11. bdogg1010 says:

    8:45 he said John first?

  12. Alexander Quilty says:

    Went to KBB and it only had Kia SUV’s from 2018-2020. RIP lol. Trying to help my mom buy a used car.

  13. Darnell Veal says:

    I love your videos thanks for taking the time and make theses videos

  14. Eduardo Ramirez says:

    Goes on asking him if it’s cool to record and only records getting the keys🙃

  15. Brandon Sammons says:

    Can you do a video on the same topic but buying a car online like from Ebay or Facebook

  16. Juicy Bouche says:

    Looking at a 08 blue Nissan Altima with 107k in good condition for $3k. Problems: Needs new rack n pin, radio display don’t work, and last but not least NAM title (Not actual miles) possibly 10k discrepancy. Should I consider?he was selling for $3700 but is giving it for 3k

  17. Nova Dion says:

    Can i just bring you with me? 😂

  18. dird89 says:

    Do you know if these VIN checks also have the info from abroad or US only?

  19. Mountain boy AKA says:

    Very Interesting video teaching us alot of things

  20. army man says:

    Bring cash…20$ bills , flash it in their face, then ask for a 400$ discount…

  21. Jove Jean says:

    If only I had watch this video before I bought my car, could've save a couple hundred dollars.

  22. Jonathan Plasky says:

    I love how intense people get on here about negotiating and pinching pennies on a car purchase to save a few hundred dollars, then they go out to eat and spend hundreds on drinks & a meal for 1 night, or spend thousands on furniture, cell phones… Do your research, contain your emotions but be a decent human being like Chris is… He also does this a lot, do not expect to get his results unless you practice… And dont try it with me, I will work ya over 🙂

  23. Florence Michaelson says:

    There’s no checklist in his website.

  24. RedShot101 says:

    guy on phone was so perfect,,, Maaaybe staged?? good info non the less LOL

  25. Greg Eiselin says:

    Why does Chris go by the Trade-In value instead of a Private-sale value when looking at the worth of the car?

  26. Laurence Loreto says:

    This are good tips, but how about internally can i take it to like pep boys? If i want to get it inspected, what kind of inspection should i get done with it. Like theres a name for like a whole bunch of inspection theyll do. Like check engine light, brakes, etc TIA! Bout to see one this weekend, the guy sound old so i think ill be fine and he dont mind driving to me cuz hes going to his daughters that live near me. Im feeling good about tjis one but well see.

  27. shorty run says:

    Wow!! thank you, I appreciate the thoroughness of your video, EXCELLENT WORK 😀 it's very helpful!

  28. jake bird says:

    Did anyone else think this was staged at the start, and that it was chris talking to himself to set up the scenario for us.

  29. Blank Title says:

    What do you say if ypu find out is is sold by a dealer?

  30. ABBATE 2 says:

    You are a vehicular genius my friend!

  31. When Grapes Pop says:

    I can’t tell you how helpful this was – thank you!

  32. Tiffany Brown says:

    A friend told me to smell the oil dipstick for a burnt smell

  33. Roy Adamson says:

    I bought a Toyota flood car at a salvage auction. It looked like any other wrecked vehicle. It had a salvage title (as most of my cars did) but no mention of being a flood truck. I got it fixed looking as good as new with several new parts and lots of labor. The truck then began to have electrical problems and the check engine light came on. With enough investigation, I found out it was a flood truck. I took it to an auction, announced it as a flood truck and lost my ass on it. Flood vehicles should have their titles branded FLOOD not Salvage and stay that way forever or better yet" For Parts Only" Wrecked vehicles can be repaired as good as new by a reputable rebuilder, but flood cars get us screwed as well as the public.

  34. In Cognito says:

    I thought the ad was sketchy the vehicle sounded way too under priced ,I pulled up in the parking lot it was 7:30 and dark already,the guy walked over to my car "you the one buying the car" I said yes he said he had it parked behind the store so I said well lets walk over there and see it . I get out of the car put my badge on my belt my 38 revolver in the holster …he froze for thirty seconds and ran so hard I lost sight of him in 10 seconds. Locked the car pointed my flashlight behind the alley and watched two more physically active persons exercising their way over the fence. Found a car matching the description missing four tires and a radio called the office turns out to be on a repo. list

  35. Gee Woods says:

    "hes not going to take 30% off" that would be 60% off

  36. Roman Kondrachov says:

    THis is some valuable stuff right there! I am writing from 2019

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  39. Victor Velazquez says:

    Chris u just hooked me up with a 2016 Honda Accord thanks man ur the best!!! 7k for 49,000k mile car and had absolutely nothing wrong with it only some scratches and the smell of cigarette smoke other than that its amazing

  40. faithlilis says:

    good tips thnx

  41. Luke H says:

    You didn’t check the piston return springs.

  42. Nate Potter says:

    I'm looking for a friendly car, one that talks?

  43. Angel Arroyo says:

    That OBD scanners saved my ass from a money pit,the dealer reset the check engine light.

  44. Adam Paula says:

    I need a urgent help. I am buying Hyundai Santa fe 2008 model. But the ownership said He is paying the lease for the car and he only have small portion to pay for the full lease. He have all the paper works ready. Is it safe for me to buy the car?? Since he is on a lease?

  45. Johnny Hot Rod says:

    Always check the fluid level of the muffler bearings! Don't forget the 710 stick!

  46. Dboy blues says:

    This really helped thanks💪🏼💪🏼

  47. Dustin P. says:

    Chris fix, is this the car your dad has?

  48. TheElectricCherry says:

    What if you're calling about an online listing. Do you specify the vehicle then?

  49. Mysterious Caravan says:

    This was totally not pre recorded

  50. Derek THOMPSON says:

    Thanks these videos are good and contains a lot of useful info I am in Australia and much the same applies we do have an Automobile Association inspection service not cheap US$100.00 per vehicle but does cover all points of the car done by qualified mechanics its good for non mechanical people.

  51. FaTal says:

    Jaguar is a 2004. Chris looks up 2003’s 😂

  52. Gregory Lee says:

    Yea life must be rough if you have to take the kids to soccer in a Jag.
    omg what a setback dam kids lol

  53. Omar Zowila says:

    I saw a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on Facebook marketplace and it says it’s $1500.00 because it’s a repo and a down payment

  54. John Lennon says:

    Jaguars are junk. Never buy one new or used unless you like pouring good money after bad in repairs.

  55. MaySpitfire says:

    this is actually really helpful

  56. NaturalBornCamper says:

    Wow, still have a tape cassette with a cable in your car! :O

  57. Arlind Jakupi says:

    I can't find the check list 🙁

  58. oussama boussedra says:

    Man ,what you share with us is gold,thanks a million.

  59. Mohammad Frzn says:

    Does the checklist work for people who live in Ontario, Canada?

  60. nikola poyukov says:

    A jag like this without that crack costs 2k dollars not 3k. This just a redicilous price.

  61. Game TV says:

    Calls owner: owner is HIS FRIEND
    And license plate is Chris Fix
    Sorry i edited cuz i wrote friend wrong

  62. Sihang Shao says:

    Wait mazda makes pickups?

  63. Mystic Panda says:

    Chris:blurred vin

    Me: put blurr too late buddy I saw it

  64. Arcee p says:

    Why the jaguar is for sale. Why your logo in front?

  65. Cristian Garcia says:

    Bought a truck a month ago and had the money in my glock box 😤

  66. CJ Gemini says:

    Great vid bro

  67. Ryan Johnson says:

    The car for sale was an '04. You researched an '03.

  68. Damo says:

    Lmao He has is plate on the car!

  69. Logan Powell says:

    Where's the check list "in the description" lmao

  70. TheQueenOf SelfCare says:

    Thank you so much for this video

  71. John Eagle says:

    If the for sale sign says ''as is'', that is a warning something is definitely wrong, believe you me.

  72. Asdaw W. says:

    Wtf you are claiming this is a genuine buy transaction but the car already has a plate with your name on it?

  73. Galax 47 says:

    you can see his face in the window

  74. Breton Bell says:

    Used cars sell so fast around here, that waiting a week to look at a car would mean the car is probably sold. But it's best not to make any quick decisions, anyway.

  75. Self Conscious says:

    When he talked About trade in value, I had flashbacks of something I should’ve asked for cheaper fml

  76. ELITE BALLER says:

    Hey what is that one website where you can buy used cars he mentioned it once in one of his vudeos

  77. Axe Killer Mc.sTrAnGeR says:

    i checked on KBB and NADA and the guy i bought my s2000 ripped himself off by 5k

  78. Frank Trejo says:

    Can you make a video on how to buy a RV or Camper?

  79. tommy dross says:

    Bye f150

  80. Noah Sahin says:

    Can you make a list for classic cars?

  81. Tiger Gamer says:

    lol i like this

  82. Exility -_- Error says:

    Why does it already have a Chris fix plate 😭?

  83. Rapture Angel says:

    1:45 I needs brakes, but my wife uses it for the kids, you do NOT need brakes for that!

  84. Johan F. says:

    i just ask my dad for advice

  85. Cole J. Terry says:

    Sellers hate this guy!

  86. lorenzo Atkinson Jr says:

    Please provide a link for that check list. Thank you.

  87. Miklo Morales says:

    You can never get a good deal buying a jaguar 🙁 because it's a jaguar

  88. Wasad Nadeem says:

    Hi Chris fix my name is Abdullah I love your videos but I wanted to ask you a question if you're buying the Star Wars then why does the number plates say chrisfix

  89. Oli Overwatch says:

    Solid video, thanks man, subed

  90. Darkreaper7897 says:

    In the uk you can do this on the government website

  91. Delique Allen says:

    Are you Australian? I can hear some kind of accent.

  92. EZ Breezy says:

    If I was to sell my car hope it's not Chris who is the buyer…

  93. HD Keemii says:

    people will buy a 6000 computer but can't buy a car for 3k

  94. M V says:

    You shouldn’t say… I’m Chris. You have to say… It’s Chrisfix here 😂 During the call haha

  95. Geronimo Jr says:

    "he isn't going to take 30% off this car!"
    Buys the car for 37% off…

  96. Asen Karadimov says:

    If the car is AWD or 4×4 all tires must be the same, same brand same wear

  97. P4NdAX says:

    im 14

    but i still enjoy Chrisfixs videos

  98. TwstedTV says:

    Sadly most owners will outright lie just to sell the car. its how life is and how humans treat each other. even if you ask all the questions in the world. they will lie just to sell the car.
    My friend purchased a car 2 or 3 years ago, and asked all the questions in the world grilling the guy to no end.
    the car seemed perfect and looks like the guy cleaned up the car as much as he could, BUT………. here is where the shoe drops………. (cue horrifying music here)..
    2 weeks later after she purchased the car, she was having problems with the car as she was driving on the highway to work with it. She didnt know what was going on.
    she took it to a mechanic only to learn that the original owner didnt tell her that the engine block was cracked.
    she dug deeper into the investigation only to find out that the frame of the car was bent and also cracked in several places. She was devastated.
    So moral of the story is, "Also get the car inspected by YOUR OWN mechanic that you trust" if the owner of a car is honest he wouldn't mind you having the car inspected professionally.

  99. innovation says:

    . locked keys in car??. And turn off alamr system.??? Get into car .pop hood disconnect black line battery. By hand lock all doors. Reconnect battery alarm will come back on, the unlock with car key. Alarm will go off. Tadaaa

  100. Lee Downes says:

    I searched my registration number on google once and found how much the car went for before it went for auction and how many miles it had and so on

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