Originally Posted by Soft Ride
Used cars best purchased subject to full inspections.
If it already has concerning issues...maybe pass on it..
find something clean & mechanically sound..then subject to inspection.
Bingo! There are so many good cars, well maintained out there. You can talk to the original owner. They are out there- just takes time to find. The more cars you look at, the better you can spot things. Are you bringing a inspection sheet with you and checking everything off? Did you subscribe to Autocheck for a month so you can run the VINs?
Do a self check. Of the cars you looked at. Did you check under the floor mat for moisture? Did you check the turn signal, hazards, headlights, brake lights? Did you check the fuel pipe for rust at where the fuel filter meets? Did you check the ball joints and tie rods (by putting a floor jack underneath and doing the 6-12, 3-9) If not, you may be doing a "it looks great inspection", rather than a true diagnostic inspection.
A proper inspection and VIN check are must do. If not, the sharks (curbers) will get you, and there are more sharks selling cars than legitimate. Especially on craigslist. Anyone who leaves a phone number on craigslist in a major city is likely a shark. Always google their phone number. You will often find other ads by the same guy.
Finally, stay away from Chicago cars if you can, especially GM vehicles from Chicago. They get the salt in the undercarriage, and the fuel and brake pipes start to rot prematurely. The salt does not exit the GM undercarriages easily, and it just eats at the unibody, pipes, everything.
If you can start looking at Nashville you may find a much cleaner car underneath.
2001 Bonneville SSEi, 219,000 miles.
Whats in my driveway:
1998 Chevy S10 4x4 ZR2, 1999 Olds Bravada, 2001 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi, 2007 Ford F-350 regular cab 2WD, 2008 BMW 335i coupe (Wife'* replacement for her Bonneville). The Bonneville is my favorite of all the cars in the driveway.