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Used Car Buying Tips Checklist & Brands

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Newbie
Nov 21, 2013
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Toronto

Used Car Buying Tips Checklist & Brands

Hello all,

I wanted to get some info and tips on buying used cars.

Which cars are best when it comes to easy to find and cheap parts for replacement?

Obviously foreign cars like BMW are expensive compared to Honda or Ford. I know Honda is great for high mileage and typically easy to get parts for not sure which years.

Also what to check for or inspect when buying a used car? I know a little bit about cars and repairs.

My checklist:
*inspect car before driving, engine gets too hot.*
1. Trouble Problem Codes in dash cluster
2. Mileage and replaced engine mileage
After 100,000 miles, car will need part replacements
3. Oil and fluid colors, no metal particles on dipsticks, no rust or weird colors, foamy fluids,
4. No black or blue smoke or fluid leaking from exhaust pipe
5. Check under, around for any leaks of oil, fluids
6. Check for noises in engine, cracked engine, piston rings
7. No vibrations, shaking, noises in steering, transmission slips.
8. Check belts for wear and tear
9. Check for any damage from car accidents, frame
10. Check for rust, make sure floor isnt rotted gone
11. Check for any loose, unconnected wires in engine
12. Check electrical, no flickering, all lights work
13. Check for any strange smells, air freshner
14. Check for any damage under car (oil pan dents)
15. Check all doors, locks, trunk, loose parts, panels, A/C, Heat works fine, seats adjust properly
16. Check for touchup paint, magnet test body
17. Check ownership with sellers ID, salvage title
18. Ask about any repairs done or needed
19. Check tires for wear or wires, check rotors

Im sure theres more but thats just from the top of my head.

Which cars are easy or hard to work on or replace parts?

Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Honda

I wouldnt buy Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Saab, mini cooper or any foreign brands because parts will be expensive to replace and repair also hard to find.
Except for Honda or Hyundai

Never pay asking price.

From my own experience years ago, I tried to sell a car for like $600, no replies. I put price at 3500, people were fighting over the car.
Bluebook isnt always reliable.
If a car is older but all new parts, its obviously worth more.

Thanks and I hope this helps others.
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Sr. Member
Jan 23, 2017
962 posts
784 upvotes
Calgary
Humbersucks wrote:
Jan 11th, 2018 4:10 pm
Hello all,

I wanted to get some info and tips on buying used cars.

Which cars are best when it comes to easy to find and cheap parts for replacement?

Obviously foreign cars like BMW are expensive compared to Honda or Ford. I know Honda is great for high mileage and typically easy to get parts for not sure which years.

Also what to check for or inspect when buying a used car? I know a little bit about cars and repairs.

My checklist:
*inspect car before driving, engine gets too hot.*
1. Trouble Problem Codes in dash cluster
2. Mileage and replaced engine mileage
After 100,000 miles, car will need part replacements
3. Oil and fluid colors, no metal particles on dipsticks, no rust or weird colors, foamy fluids,
4. No black or blue smoke or fluid leaking from exhaust pipe
5. Check under, around for any leaks of oil, fluids
6. Check for noises in engine, cracked engine, piston rings
7. No vibrations, shaking, noises in steering, transmission slips.
8. Check belts for wear and tear
9. Check for any damage from car accidents, frame
10. Check for rust, make sure floor isnt rotted gone
11. Check for any loose, unconnected wires in engine
12. Check electrical, no flickering, all lights work
13. Check for any strange smells, air freshner
14. Check for any damage under car (oil pan dents)
15. Check all doors, locks, trunk, loose parts, panels, A/C, Heat works fine, seats adjust properly
16. Check for touchup paint, magnet test body
17. Check ownership with sellers ID, salvage title
18. Ask about any repairs done or needed
19. Check tires for wear or wires, check rotors

Im sure theres more but thats just from the top of my head.

Which cars are easy or hard to work on or replace parts?

Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Honda

I wouldnt buy Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Saab, mini cooper or any foreign brands because parts will be expensive to replace and repair also hard to find.
Except for Honda or Hyundai


Never pay asking price.

From my own experience years ago, I tried to sell a car for like $600, no replies. I put price at 3500, people were fighting over the car.
Bluebook isnt always reliable.
If a car is older but all new parts, its obviously worth more.

Thanks and I hope this helps others.
Where are you coming from with this?

Any mass produced, high volume car will generally be easiest to find parts for. Domestic and JDM usually being cheapest.

Some parts for brand new model year vehicles will be hard to find until supply increases (i.e. waiting months for body parts on a redesigned, 2018 model will take months).

H/K have gotten significantly better, I had owned Japanese cars entirely before and found some of the sizing a little odd and more difficult to find..I hear that's continually improving.
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Jan 22nd, 2018 7:39 pm
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