A pre-purchase inspection is vital if you plan on spending significant money on a used car. Having a trained mechanic look through a vehicle will give you assurance and peace of mind once you decide to drop thousands of dollars. But what if you can't easily get a car inspected? Well, here's how you can do it yourself.
There are lots of basic things on a car that you don't need any training to inspect. Repaired body panels and scuffs are easy to spot if you spend time looking, as are any interior imperfections. When looking under the hood, take the time to seek out any leaking seals, and listen for any strange sounds from the engine. If you have a floor jack or lift available, even better—it gives you the opportunity to wiggle things around and check for suspension wear, underbody rust, and all sorts of other things.
put together a comprehensive video explaining all the things you can do to make sure you don't have any surprises with a used car down the line. If you're planning on looking at a used car in the future, it's worth a watch.