How to Test Drive and Buy a Used Car

hey guys chrisfix here and today I'm

going to show you what to look for when

you test drive a used car and how I

negotiate with the owner of the car and

what to look for in the cars title to

make sure the bank doesn't own the car

or that it isn't a salvage or flooded

car in the previous episodes of how to

buy a used car we met with the owner did

an engine interior and exterior

inspection so all that's left is the

test-drive so let's get to it actually I

should mention this first only go for a

test drive if you're really interested

in the car because you don't want to

waste anybody's time I know I'm gonna

make Frank an offer as long as the car

drives as expected and I just want to

make that clear alright so get in the

car start er up and then go over in your

head the main tests you want to do on

this test drive the main things that

we're going to want to test are the

engine transmission brakes and

suspension to do that make sure you get

some highway driving as well as city

driving and I have everything you need

to check on my checklist and you can

download that with the link in the

description so when you inspect the used

car you won't forget anything now let's

get going now you want to spend about 10

minutes taking the car for a test drive

and just drive normally if there are any

problems there's a good chance in those

10 minutes from just driving around

normally that you're gonna find these

problems and we're gonna go jump on the

highway right away because it's right


so again right now I'm driving normally

and it's a good idea to tell the owner

of the car what you're going to be doing

for example we're going to be doing a

hard acceleration test and a hard

braking test obviously you want to be

safe when you do all this but you want

to let the owner know just to be

courteous and also because you don't

want freaking out when you're jamming on

the gas and jamming on the brake so

here's a merge and here's a good chance

to really accelerate hard so I'm going

to do a hard acceleration here

the engines warmed up it shifts nice

for a 2.5 liter this thing has pretty

good pet now I'm letting it Coast I want

to make sure it's not slowing down too

fast like the brakes are locked up or

something like that that definitely

passed the hard acceleration test I do

feel a little bit of a shimmy you're

talking about the the brakes being no

good so that could be from the brakes

don't forget to test the cruise control

turn it on with the button back here

comes on on the screen then you get set

there we go beautiful it works then when

you hit the brake it shuts off awesome

and I actually get off here so it was a

relatively short Highway test we don't

have to go far we just wanna make sure

it feels smooth everything felt really

smooth do you ride this on the highway a

lot or is your or your trips local I'd

take it to the city every once in a

while the handles pretty well on the

highway my opinion but typically it's

pretty local it's a good idea to ask the

owner a lot of questions whatever comes

to mind he knows the car you don't he

knows how he's driven you have no clue

you know these roads pretty well yeah

I'm familiar with the area I'm about a

half an hour away so I've been here

plenty of times the malls right around

the corner yeah so now we're kind of do

the city driving we're just getting a

feel for how it reacts on the stop and

go so now I'm going to hit the brakes

hard because it doesn't look like

there's anybody around so go to speed

limit and I'm going to try to lock up

the ABS so the ABS didn't turn on we

didn't get any skidding I'm gonna try it

one more time

there we go

I felt the ABS in the pedal and that

means it's working there's no ABS lights

on in the dash so that's good that's

what we want to see it stops straight

when you hit the brakes

even when I'm going so when you hit the

brakes at stopping straight check for

that here's actually a good spot that we

could mess around with turning hard you

want to turn the wheel all the way until

you can't turn it any more this will

test the front bearing cv joints and the

axles the ball joints and the power

steering you want the steering wheel to

turn easily with no noises groaning or

whining is going to be the power

steering pump squeaking is a bad ball

joint or bad tie rod a click could be a

bearing or CV joint that's in the front

X and then when everything sounds good

you want to turn it the other way and

feel and listen again this feels and

sounds good so the test drive is going

great all right at this point we can

start heading back

perfect timing some bumps in the road

one of us Apprendi bangs or nuts

that could be shocks or sway bar

bushings going bad also make sure the

steering feels comfortable and


that was really good test for the

suspension suspension feels good it's

nice and firm you would think it would

be a little bit softer for a luxury car

but this is like one of those luxury

sports cars

Farmar suspension so that pretty much

covers what you want to do on a test

drive there are a few tests that I like

to do on every test drive which I showed

you but for the most part just pay

attention to the gauges pay attention to

anything that doesn't feel normal or

seem normal again hitting the brakes you

can see there is a shimmy here but it's

nothing horrible it's just like work

brake rotors so I'm pretty sure that's

where it is you said I need the brakes

that's my guess yeah I'm thinking that

front to Gregg's has to be replaced yeah

that plus the tires in alignment could

be what's causing the shaking the good

thing about this test drive is the

engine is buttery smooth and powerful

and the transmission shifts are crisp

and overall the cars handling great

basically the car is something I would

want to own it feels reliable and I feel

comfortable driving and the last thing I

want to say is always be nice and

respectful to the owner when you touch

drive in the car because it isn't your

car that's what Craigslist gets exactly

I've had a my fair share of people look

at this car got some weirdos

all right and there we go that's how you

check out a used car we checked out

everything on this checklist and thanks

to Frank the owner of the vehicle for

letting us film and everything and now

comes to the fun part where we do the

negotiation now before we negotiate this

is what's going through my head I want

the car this is the best one I've seen

mechanically out of all the Jaguars I've

looked at my main concern is the

vibration in the steering wheel it's

going to need new tires new brakes and

an alignment right away plus the hood

cable has to get replaced

so the hood doesn't go flying and then

it does need new wheels because they're

not the right ones for this car which

could also be causing the vibration at

speed and then I need to figure out why

the backup sensors aren't working but

the car could still be driven if I don't

fix that right away so he's asking

$3,000 the car is worth about 2,500 in

fair condition so I'm going to try to

get the car for around two thousand

dollars because that's somewhat

reasonable but at the same time you

don't want a lowball and because that's

just gonna make them feel disrespected

or mad and that's the last thing you

want so what I do to prevent that is I

explain my offer also a very important

thing we learned from the test-drive is

what he said right here I've had my fair

share people look at this car so we

probably wants to sell it already

because he's shown it so much and I'm a

serious buyer with cash in hand and I'm

ready to take the car today right now

so use that information to your

advantage and here's how I negotiated

let's go for it

again thank you very much for letting us

check out your car letting me film I

really appreciate it I'm sure all the

viewers appreciate it and not a problem

and now comes to the fun part where we

negotiate and I really I like the car

this is the best Jaguar I've seen it

does have a few things here and there

the wheels and tires they need to be

replaced I think your offer of $3,000 is

a little bit too high you said you loved

the car yeah no I do like the car but

I'd like to make you an offer of $1,500

for this car I think that's what it's


well I don't think I could do 15 I

I need to put the money towards my new

car so 15 is not gonna I can drop it a

little maybe 26 we're still a little bit

too far off I'll be honest like I I

can't go above 2 that's that's too much

I'm I'm really would you do 1,800 uh I

can come down to 21 that's still for

this car it's still a little bit a

little bit too high one I'm gonna I'm

gonna make you an offer

1,900 that's my final offer you have my

number I'm here right now with the cash

I'll buy it right now that's up to you

I'm interested you know I'm ready to buy

it right now take it off your hands

right now and for 19 I think I think I'm

gonna hold off for now I have a couple

more people that said they want to come

and look at it so I'm kind of set at the

$1,900 mark I honestly just don't think

the car is worth more than that I'm

gonna be putting in about $1,000 but you

have my number I really appreciate the

test-drive letting me film and

everything the viewers appreciate it so

thank you very much and again you have

my number give me a call if you don't

sell it will do close but no cigar all

right I'll tell you what change your

mind I can do two grand I'm really firm

at that 1,900 there's just there's a lot

of stuff that need to get done to it I

love the car for me I'm comfortable at

1,900 I'll give it to you for 1919 yeah

we got a deal give me that camera

get this handshake on camera got

ourselves a deal I'm gonna just go over

and park real quick all right sounds

good all right look at that that is our

new car that is awesome

my dad is gonna love this I'm pumped to

go bring this home this is I love the

look of Jaguars and this one was the

nicest one I've driven he's at my price

range you know that's what I mean don't

get emotional if he comes down he comes

down if he doesn't he doesn't so now

we're gonna go fill out the paperwork

he's going to give me the title I'm

going to give him the cash money and

we'll go off of that all right the car

is almost ours we negotiated we came to

an agreement with the price now we have

the title in our hand

and we need to make sure we check a few

things before we hand over the money the

title or the pink slip whatever you want

to call it is the piece of paper that

you need in your name to own the vehicle

so the first thing we'll do is we want

to check out this top section here

there's a lot of important information

you want to make sure this VIN number

right here matches the VIN on your car

if this VIN does not match this title is

not for the correct car and then you

could also verify you know it's a 2003

Jaguar x-type it's a four-door and it's

silver good and then right here is going

to be the mileage that Frank bought the

car at so Frank bought the car when I

had one hundred and twenty nine thousand

miles it now has like one hundred and

thirty-five thousand miles so he put

about six thousand miles on it right

next to the mileage there's a letter

right here and this letter is very

important a means that it's the actual

mileage but if you see an S that means

the cars salvage or a T that means that

the car was used as a taxi F is for

flood peas for police LS for lemon law

and so on so you want to check this out

everything on this title up here is

looking good there's one more thing up

here we want to check we want to make

sure that the person showing us the car

is the listed owner on this title so

Frank was showing us the car and he's

the owner it also has his driver's

license down here just in case you want

to verify you know you could just ask to

make sure the driver's license is the

same because you can't have somebody

else selling you the vehicle

besides this owner listed right here now

even if Frank is listed here he might

not own the car the bank might own the

car and that's what we're going to look

at right down here if there's a stamp

right in this section right here that

means the bank owns the car now if

there's a stamp here but then right here

it says lien released by and it's signed

off and there's a stamp on this that

means that the lien was paid off so the

bank doesn't own the car anymore Frank

owns the car so once you check all this

information on the front of the title

now it's time to sign the back of the

title this is where you need to focus

and pay a lot of attention because you

can't mess up here you can't have any


because then this title is void and then

you have to get the owner to come with

you to DMV if do all this paperwork and

it's just not worth it just pay

attention here take your time don't rush

after everything's all signed off now

you could give your seller the money

take this and the car is now yours now

you're going to go to DMV and take care

of business

thanks again Frank I really appreciate

it made my day this is this is cool so

driving home the new jag that is exactly

how you do it that is how

you buy a used car hopefully you learned

a lot again comment below future Jaguar

videos to come hopefully not repair

videos but we do need new tires

we need new rims and need some breaks

and couple other things so stay tuned

come on

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