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Old 02-20-2019, 09:27 AM
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So other than the general safety check that has to be done what in specific can the mechanic do to ensure there isn't any HIDDEN dangers that are not typically checked for when buying a used vehicle?

I read on another forum that the buyer had carbon monoxide poisoning from the used car he purchased, and something like that was not picked up in the SAFETY CHECK before buying the vehicle.

What are some hidden dangers to check that are not typically part of a safety check when buying a used car?
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How much are they paying you? There are a million answers to this question from using a magnet to check quarter panels for bondo to pulling aside the rear carpet to look for visible damage. End of the day it's pretty impossible to find everything and anything.
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check for frame damage. For insatnce the prior owner might have hit a curb hard enough to bend a control arm, or damaged the frame making impossible to correct alignment specs. Excessive oil consumption is another I can think of
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check for frame damage. For insatnce the prior owner might have hit a curb hard enough to bend a control arm, or damaged the frame making impossible to correct alignment specs. Excessive oil consumption is another I can think of
How does one check for excessive oil consumption?
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How does one check for excessive oil consumption?
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Last used car I bought I brought Beav with to look at. We both looked over, test drove and both agreed it seemed like good car.

15k miles later it has been exactly that.
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I do the following:

compression test
combustion test
inspect undercarriage, look at the frame if its a truck or the unibody if its a car.
look at most of the suspension components
look at the interior
look at the exterior, at an angle to see if there were any paint mismatch
eye door/fender/hood lines to see if they are even and match up.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:46 AM
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I never test drive a used car without bringing a carbon monoxide detector with me. They're only $35 and it just might save your life.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by tony_2018 View Post
I do the following:

compression test
combustion test
inspect undercarriage, look at the frame if its a truck or the unibody if its a car.
look at most of the suspension components
look at the interior
look at the exterior, at an angle to see if there were any paint mismatch
eye door/fender/hood lines to see if they are even and match up.
TF is a combustion tester? I assume you mean a leak down test.

Someone shows up trying to buy a car from me asking to compression test/ leak down test I'd tell them to get lost
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:56 AM
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*breaks spark plug in half*

”yea, I don’t think I’m interested. thx tho.”
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That reminds me of a funny story, I bought a s2000 motor locally for $800 and posted it up for $2000, found a bay area guy who wanted it for $1700 we agreed to meet in Roseville,

Guy shows up with a s2000 starter, flywheel and battery/ cables to try spinning this thing. WTF, I told him hell no should have brought a socket to rotate the motor I was having no part of this ghetto spinning. Told him take it or leave it, he bought it and never heard from him again. I knew it was a good motor I'm not putting up with that crap
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If I'm not buying used at a legitimate large dealership with some sort of extended warranty on a CPO, then I'm sticking to cars I know (Honda basically).
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That reminds me of a funny story, I bought a s2000 motor locally for $800 and posted it up for $2000, found a bay area guy who wanted it for $1700 we agreed to meet in Roseville,

Guy shows up with a s2000 starter, flywheel and battery/ cables to try spinning this thing. WTF, I told him hell no should have brought a socket to rotate the motor I was having no part of this ghetto spinning. Told him take it or leave it, he bought it and never heard from him again. I knew it was a good motor I'm not putting up with that crap
I would've been tempted to let him, just so I could watch
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Originally Posted by moopmoop View Post
Last used car I bought I brought Beav with to look at. We both looked over, test drove and both agreed it seemed like good car.

15k miles later it has been exactly that.
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Pay for independent inspection at a local trusted shop.
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Originally Posted by Bently_Coop View Post
Pay for independent inspection at a local trusted shop.
i cant believe it took 15 replies to get here.
maybe people, like me, thought this is a troll post?
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:43 AM
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i mean, it's a mixxed post so....
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I would've been tempted to let him, just so I could watch
I considered it, but had no idea if oil was in there or wtf might happen, motor falls off truck bed and then? I wasn't ready for that

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Pay for independent inspection at a local trusted shop.
This is the obvious answer, the fact he asked means he doesn't want to pay a few bucks or deserves to get hosed on a sale. Useless filler thread anyways
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How does one check for excessive oil consumption?
sparks plugs could give you a clue. I've had cars that were burning oil and the one cylinder plugs would be black and oily
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My best advice is not to listen to a word the owner or salesman says about the car. Get it inspected, and be thorough, especially if buying out of state. Every dollar you spend is worth 10 in the long run.
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My best advice is not to listen to a word the owner or salesman says about the car. Get it inspected, and be thorough, especially if buying out of state. Every dollar you spend is worth 10 in the long run.
That's a universal law when buying a used car.
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TF is a combustion tester? I assume you mean a leak down test.

Someone shows up trying to buy a car from me asking to compression test/ leak down test I'd tell them to get lost
combustion leak tester
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:07 PM
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Half of this **** is not realistic on a used car unless its a major purchase. Nobody does that **** for your average semi new used car.

IMO best way in a realistic manner. Drive it in various ways, hard acceleration, highway speed, hard turn, hard brake, and listen/feel for anything wrong. Then try every single option and feature the cars has. Try the defroster, the HVAC on all setting, turn the radio up loud, cruise control, headlights, hood pop, trunk release, flashers, every single thing.

If you do that, it should all only take like 30 minutes and it’s a pretty damn good inspection if you’re a car guy and you know what to expect.

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did it for my current tacoma...
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