How to Inspect a Used Car for Purchase

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  • Published on:  Saturday, January 9, 2016
  • Learn how to inspect a used car for purchase. I show you everything you need to know on how to inspect a used car for the first time when the owner is not around to give you a test drive. If you see a used car for sale on the side of the road and want to know if it is worth contacting the owner for a test drive, I go though all of the things you want to inspect. This way you wont waste your time if the car is no good.

    Link to the downloadable ChrisFix Used Car Inspection Checklist:

    Episode 1: The "Side of the Road Inspection":
    Episode 2: What is the car worth?:
    Episode 3 Engine Inspection:
    Episode 4: Interior & Exterior Inspection:
    Episode 5: Test Drive and Negotiation:

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  • ChrisFix


     2 years ago +650

    Just a few bits of info for everyone who is asking in the comments section:
    1.) Those are plate covers not plates. I use them in all of my videos to protect the owner's privacy (and my own privacy). They go on with tape before I film. The real plates are under them.
    2.) This is only part 1 of the series, in part two I meet with the owner to inspect the car:
    3.) I have a new series with buying a parts car Jaguar here:
    4.) You can follow me here for updates and other cool projects:

  • Pinky Mixology

    Pinky Mixology

     4 hours ago +1

    "I literally just saw this on the side of the road" ...which is how a LP cover with this channel's logo got on the back of it... totally spontaneously. Appears out of nothing I tells ya!

  • Saeed Kanuga

    Saeed Kanuga

     2 days ago

    I check gaos between metal are same on eitherside. Otherwise it isacxident car

  • Jed Kurts

    Jed Kurts

     3 days ago

    Why does the license plate have "ChrisFix" on it

  • jabba da hutt

    jabba da hutt

     3 days ago

    U never said to check oil dip stick , to see if owner changed oil, basic maintenance. If oil burnt or globular or black . Then engine inside is black n car engine won't last long.

  • Eyesus Geta new

    Eyesus Geta new

     3 days ago

    Which used cars are fuel economics?

  • Bill Steadman

    Bill Steadman

     4 days ago

    so you want people to buy a car without turning the engine on making sure the timing chain is not tapping away and ready to snap. you dont want people to make sure the gearbox is all good and working order? the MOST IMPORTANT checks are the engine and gearbox

  • tony187sound proof

    tony187sound proof

     4 days ago

    Check the radio presets if they are not set or are all the same that means the battery was recently disconnected. And that they are trying to hide a code

  • said ali

    said ali

     5 days ago

    If the car was not yours, why the front plate has your channel name on it?



     6 days ago

    Why is your license plate on that car?

  • Willie No Legs

    Willie No Legs

     7 days ago

    Thanks Chris for the used car check list. Very helpful.

  • Timur Furs'bubble

    Timur Furs'bubble

     7 days ago

    actually, there is huge shop that has no prices on items, right in center of the kyiv, ukraine. It has prices for weight, like 1kg, but everything is already weighted by like 200 gramms so you have to figure out on your own, what is 1/5th of the price for example.

  • Gage Ziemer

    Gage Ziemer

     7 days ago

    he says he . just walked up but in has a chrisfix licence plate

  • Br F

    Br F

     7 days ago

    These people ring purchases up twice. Byron Brown. Cuck and bull.

  • Caden Turnbough

    Caden Turnbough

     7 days ago

    Bruh he censored the license plates better than logan paul censored the body

  • Viper Music

    Viper Music

     14 days ago

    7:10 how tf did the handbreak move? Pay attention

  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

     14 days ago +1

    This is well inspected Chris. Seen one like this when I served at Fort Drum, NY.

  • Veni Vidi Vici

    Veni Vidi Vici

     14 days ago

    I’d like to add another helpful tip. If the owner is there let’s say the car is at his or her house. ALWAYS remember you are trespassing on their property. Have a good reason or else they may call the police. Check out their car and negotiate. Don’t get fussy or anything as well because they would see it. Be safe out there guys and gals.

  • GRENDO 707

    GRENDO 707

     14 days ago

    Why does the license plate say chris fix if the car isnt his ??

  • FierceFalcon


     14 days ago

    He said he’s never seen this car but it has his chrisfix license plate on it