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Never Do This When Buying a Used Car on Craigslist, Don't Get Scammed

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  • rev up your engines, today I'm gonna talk about how not to get ripped off when buying
  • a used car from Craigslist, now I know quite a bit about buying used cars every
  • car I've ever bought in my entire life has been a used car and over the years I've
  • checked out hundreds of used cars for my customers when they were thinking
  • about buying a used car but they wanted a mechanic to check it out so I checked
  • it out for them, now nothing beats buying a good used car, in my own case I'll often
  • pay twenty to thirty percent of the original price of the car and the car
  • still might have eighty percent of it's life left, for example I bought this
  • lexus it had sixty thousand miles on it i paid $4,000 originally it was over
  • $30,000 but being a Lexus with 60,000 miles, it's still got at least eighty
  • percent of its life left and I sure paid a lot less than eighty percent of the
  • price of the car, the only problem with buying used cars you got to find
  • somewhere to buy it and a lot of people use Craigslist which actually isn't a
  • bad place to look for a used car because if you go to use car dealers hey I got
  • friends that are in the business, let me tell you, when they're selling you a used car
  • the price that they want you to pay is anywhere two to three or five times what
  • they paid for that car, that's why you see so many used-car Lots around it's an
  • extremely profitable business just like pizza, doesn't cost that much to make a
  • pizza that's why they can sell them cheaper, the materials to make a pizza
  • are generally less than a buck, so as you can find a private individual that's selling
  • a car like on Craigslist, it's not a bad place to look for a used car but there's
  • a lot of dishonesty in the world so let's say you're looking at a car on
  • craigslist you go and you're looking at the car, the first thing you want to find
  • out is the person that's selling you that car the actual owner of the car
  • because many disreputable car Lots will have people who work for them directly
  • or indirectly, they'll put a Craigslist ad you'll go and they'll try to sell you
  • the car it's actually a car lot car that they've driven to meet you somewhere and
  • they don't actually own the car, it's the old bait-and-switch now realize
  • first thing you want to ask them is who owns the car is
  • title in your name and if the title isn't in their name or if it's a
  • salvaged or refurbished title, don't buy it, now and I was young they just called
  • them Salvage titles because I meant the car was Salvage then it was resold but
  • they tried to make it look sneaky so they put things like refurbished on it
  • which really doesn't mean anything it doesn't mean that it was refurbished and
  • then someone checked it to make sure it was done right, it just means the cars
  • been totaled by an insurance company and then you're buying it back and trying to
  • put it back on the road, you want to stay away from those type of cars and be very
  • leery of where you meet people on a Craigslist deal now it's not just for
  • your own safety, like you don't want to go and uh you know dark room of some
  • seedy bar to meet somebody, but you don't even want to say, oh I'll meet you at
  • Waffle House parking lot or something like that, what you want to do is you
  • want to meet the person who's selling a car where they live and you know, hey you
  • got a little bit of recourse they live there, you're buying a car from them
  • because there are laws about pre-existing conditions on used cars
  • regardless of what the people might say, I had a customer do that once they were
  • gonna buy a used Mercedes and it was like twelve thousand dollars and they were meeting in the
  • Sears parking lot and I said are you serious, you're gonna meet somebody you
  • never met, hand him all that money cash in a Sears parking lot for a car that
  • you don't know anything about, now he was smart he didn't give the money and he
  • convinced them to bring the car to me to check it out, I checked it out it was an
  • absolute pile of junk, the engine was coming apart but after I called him up
  • told him it was junky he called up the seller and then within about half an
  • hour they said, oh we took the car to the mercedes-benz dealer and they said
  • nothing was wrong with it, but of course they didn't do that you couldn't do it
  • in half an hour anyways and no Mercedes Benz dealer is ever gonna tell you
  • that there's nothing wrong with a car that you're bringing, they want to sell
  • you stuff, so of course if you're looking at a car on Craigslist and they won't let a
  • mechanic look at it, just walk away there's too many scams out there and
  • speaking of scams, bring a scan tool with you if you're looking at a car on
  • Craigslist, this Creader it costs twenty four bucks that's nothing a lot of times
  • guys will reset the codes when there's trouble, this will show you that that's
  • been done, you just plug to the data port, snaps right in, they're
  • fully automated then they set themselves up and they immediately show you
  • information you wanna know, DTC is detect the trouble codes it says there's
  • none, now they could have erased them but if they did these readiness things would
  • not be ready but in this case as you can see it's ready, the thing you're really
  • looking at here is readiness in complete, readiness and complete is zero that means
  • it's complete if there are any numbers here that would mean that they reset it
  • and it's not ready yet because there's a trouble code somewhere that will pop
  • up later, that's the biggest trick in the book, they can erase the code then you
  • don't see the check engine light being on, but there's still a code that's
  • hidden in there when you put in this thing, if it says readiness and it
  • doesn't say zero on the complete that means that there are a certain number of
  • them that aren't completed and there's probably a problem in the car, don't buy
  • the car and then you want to have no trouble codes and you want to have all
  • the readiness done you don't want to have any that are incomplete, for 24
  • bucks this scanner or any little scanner that you can get that does
  • wireless communication with your cell phone, it will all be able to read trouble codes
  • and see if your systems are complete or incomplete, and that stops a lot of scams
  • in just a minute, now of course I got a whole book on checking out used cars but
  • you're gonna be doing some of those things yourself and some you'll probably
  • pay a mechanic the main thing is you want to take it for a good road test of
  • at least 10 minutes, back it up for a minute or so to see how it feels backing
  • up and how it breaks backing up, take it on the highway get it going at least 60
  • miles an hour to see how it goes on a highway, turn on the AC to make sure it
  • works, watch the temperature gauge to make sure it doesn't overheat, all the
  • normal things you're gonna do when you're road testing a car that you're thinking
  • about buying, now if you do decide to buy a car from Craigslist, here's another
  • bit of advice so you don't get ripped off, don't just be carrying cash around
  • with you, you tell the seller hey we're gonna meet at my bank then you're doing
  • a transaction in a very safe secure place and demand that they have the
  • title in their hand and if the title does not say Salvage or refurbished or
  • reconditioned and that it's got their name on it, not some other strange
  • person's name, because you can get a good deal on a car on Craigslist, but you
  • can't trust anyone, except me and the odds of you getting
  • me to check it out for you are gonna be pretty slim unless you live near Houston
  • Texas, so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos,
  • remember to ring that Bell!

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Craigslist car buying and scams. Never Do This When Buying a Used Car on Craigslist or Don't Get Scammed. How not to get scammed on Craiglist, DIY tips with Scotty Kilmer. How to spot a scam on Craigslist. There's good cars, bad cars, and scam cars on Craigslist, learn how to tell them apart. Tips for buying a used car on Craigslist. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.

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