Some essential advice before buying a used car according to Mike Brewer Wheeler Dealers
" If you're in a market for a used car you might want this old Ferrari 308. They aren't just folding. There are a few things that you should do if we set off to go and buy a car. The first of which is to use your phone, maybe your landline or your mobile phone, and phone with data service. Somebody like HPI or the AA, and they can give you all the information you would need to know whether the car is pretty involved in any accidents, whether the police have got an interest, but more importantly, if it's got any finance outstanding. Now, the only information you need to give him is a registration number of a car. And if you can, get the chassis number of the owner as well. That way, you can find out that the car you're buying is genuine rather than setting off to go [unk] in the first place. All it cost is the same price as a tanker fuel, and it's the best money you'll ever spend. Secondly, when you arrive to go and see the car, make sure that the car has not been previously rammed before you got there. What I mean by that is put your hand on the body, although dirty on this Ferrari, or look can be stupid because the engine on this car is down the back. So, when I do get to the car, I can put the key in ignition and see if there's any nasty fumes or black smoke coming out the Exhaust pipe. Now, the other thing to do is when you do go and see a vehicle, make sure that the paperwork tallies to the place where you're actually standing. You'd be amazed of the amount of people who buy a car from the petrol station or from a pump carpark. What you should do, is when you go and see a vehicle, make sure that the paperwork says you'll stand in the barn any town. Make sure you all stand in at the barn any town to come and see the car. That way, you know that you're buying a genuine car of a genuine owner. Now, when you do finally get there, and you've checked that it's not been previously rammed, you're standing in the right place, and you've done your days check, don't let your heart rule your head because you can't get carried away, especially with something as evocative as this lovely 308 GT4. You want to make sure that you've got yourself a price and stick to it. Don't go above it; otherwise, you could end up to shell your money out forever in a day to keep that thing on the road. If the car has got any outstanding finance, then make sure you speak to the finance company before you go to see the vehicle and find out what that settlement figure should be. That way, you can give the owner the balance of the vehicle that you've agreed to purchase it from, and send the settlement figure directly to the finance company. That way, you know it's been paid. Other than that, happy motoring."
How to buy a used car, mechanical look over, what to look for
What to look for when considering purchasing a used car. I give you a
fairly extensive shakedown of a car that Rocco from The GeekGroup was
considering for purchase. The Owner wouldn't take less than a thousand
dollars, and we discover why that was far too high of a price.
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How To Quickly Check A Used Car For Purchase
Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 46 years, shows how you can quickly
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Top Gear guide to Buying a Banger
Top Gear's Quentin Willson takes a look at buying a quality banger, from
1997. The advice is still as valid today as it was then, all that's changed
is the cars.
Lancia Stratos - The best Rally car with rear drive
The first purpose-built rally car in the world was developed purely to win
the world championship. Created in a limited production run of specialist
cars, it also happens to be the best-looking rally car of all time.
The Stratos was a very successful rally car during the 1970s and early
1980s. It started a new era in rallying as it was the first car designed
from scratch for this kind of competition. The three leading men behind the
entire rallying project were Lancia team manager Cesare Fiorio, British
racer/engineer Mike Parkes and factory rally driver Sandro Munari.
n 1971 Lancia presented the Lancia Stratos HF prototype. The prototype
(Chassis 1240) was fluorescent red in colour and featured a distinctive
crescent-shaped-wrap-around windshield providing maximum forward visibility
with almost no rear visibility (which was unnecessary for rallying anyway).
The prototype had three different engines in its early development life:
the Lancia Fulvia engine, the Lancia Beta engine and finally the
mid-mounted 190 bhp (140 kW) 2418 cc Dino Ferrari V6.
Lancia did extensive testing with the Stratos and raced the car in several
racing events where Group 5 prototypes were allowed during the 1972 and
1973 seasons. Production of the 400 cars required for homologation in Group
4 were launched in 1973 and the Stratos was homologated for the 1974 World
Rally Championship.  The Dino V6 was phased out in 1974, but 500 engines
among the last built were delivered to Lancia.
For racing, the engine was tuned up to 280 hp (209 kW) and even to 560 hp
(418 kW) with a single KKK turbocharger.
However, turbocharged versions were only
allowed to compete in Group 5 and were never as reliable as their naturally
The car won the 1974, 1975 and 1976 championship titles in the hands of
Sandro Munari and Björn Waldegård, and might have gone on to win more had
not internal politics within the Fiat group placed rallying responsibility
on the Fiat 131 Abarths. As well as victories on the 1975, 1976 and 1977
Monte Carlo Rally, all courtesy of Munari, the Stratos won the event with
the private Chardonnet Team as late as 1979.
Without support from Fiat, and despite new regulations that restricted
engine power, the car would remain a serious competitor and proved able to
beat works cars in several occasions when entered by an experienced private
team with a talented driver. The final chapter of the Stratos' racing
career at international level took place as late as 1981, at the Tour de
Corse Automobile, another World Rally Championship event, with a victory by
longtime Stratos privateer Bernard Darniche.
When the Fiat group favored the Fiat 131 for rallying Lancia also built two
Group 5 turbocharged 'silhouette'
Stratos for closed-track endurance racing. These cars failed against the
Porsche 935s on closed tracks but proved successful in hybrid events. While
they failed in the Tour de France Automobile, one of these cars won the
1976 Giro d'Italia Automobilistico, an Italian counterpart of the Tour de
France Automobile. Unfortunately one of the cars was destroyed in Zeltweg,
when it caught fire due to overheating problems. The last surviving car
would win the Giro d'Italia event again before it was shipped to Japan to
compete in the Fuji Speedway based Formula Silhouette series, which was
never raced. The car would then be sold and reside in the Matsuda
Collection before then being sold to the renowned collector of Stratos',
Christian Hrabalek, a car designer and the founder of Fenomenon Ltd.
Automobile design consultant Chris Hrabalek has the largest Lancia Stratos
Collection in the world - he owns 11 unique Lancia Stratos cars, including
the fluorescent red 1971 factory prototype and the 1977 Safari Rally car.
Car Auctions: DO NOT BUY A CAR TILL YOU WATCH THIS: Bargain Car Auctions
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Used Car Scam (The Today Show)
Today Investigates the Nation's biggest used car scam.
Buying a used car? Don't just take the seller's word about the car's
You can use a car's vehicle identification number (VIN) to get information
including whether the car is stolen or has been in a major accident or a
Since Jan. 30, consumers have been able to research cars through the
National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a program of the
U.S. Department of Justice. The online database includes information for
about 73% of the country's auto population, gleaned from state agencies,
junk- and salvage-yard organizations, and insurance companies.
Currently information from 38 states is available, and all states are
required to fully participate by Jan. 1, 2010.
Visit nmvtis.gov, click on one of the listed providers and follow the
prompts. Expect to pay between $2 and $4 for a report, because the
authorizing law required that federal funds not be used for this database.
Used-car reports from commercial companies, like Carfax and Experian's
AutoCheck, have a higher price tag but draw information from a wider
variety of sources.
A single report from AutoCheck costs $14.99 (unlimited access for 60 days
costs $24.99) and includes information from all states as well as from some
sources not found in the NMVTIS database.
When buying a used car, you need to verify the VIN so you are not a victim
of this scam:
Here's How to Find Your Car's VIN
Locate your car's unique DNA - its unique vehicle identification number.
VINs are normally located in several locations on a car, but the most
common places are:
- On the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually driver's but
- On the dash near the windshield
- On the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine)
- On the car's firewall
- In the left-hand inner wheel arch
- On the steering wheel/steering column
- On the radiator support bracket
There is a chart that gives further information (by car line) on both the
location of the VIN plate and which character in your VIN represents your
year of production and specific engine on a used car website, but they have
limited the listings to only import cars since those are the car lines in
which they specialize.
Alternatively, you can call the consumer relations department for the
vehicle manufacturer or visit a local new car dealer and ask for the
location of the VIN
It is often etched into multiple locations on any vehicle.
Haggling - Wheeler Dealers
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Buying A Used Car Part 4: The Test Drive - EricTheCarGuy
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Well we have reached the conclusion of the Used Car Inspection series and
in my opinion this is probably the most important video in the series. I
feel you can learn more from a test drive than just about anything else
that I've covered so far so be sure to take the vehicle you're looking to
purchase for a thorough test drive to really shake it down before you
commit to purchase.
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How to Negotiate When Buying a Car
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A car salesperson can't talk you out of your hard-earned cash without your
cooperation! When buying a car, take charge of the negotiation by preparing
Step 1: Determine the amount
Question your credit union about a loan before talking to a dealer to
compare rates. Find out how much cash your credit union will approve. This
helps you limit the price range of cars you look at and test drive.
Step 2: Research invoice price
Go online to research the invoice price -- the amount the dealer pays the
manufacturer -- before starting negotiations. While you're at it, check out
any rebate information and hidden incentives for the dealer. You gain the
advantage by doing your homework.
The minimum dealer profit is usually around 3 percent.
Step 3: Examine four-square numbers
Don't be fooled by the dealer's four-square information -- a worksheet the
dealer will present you with when you sit down to negotiate that maps out
purchase price, down payment, monthly payment, and trade-in value. Doing
your own math prevents them from fudging numbers. Determine the interest
rate and loan term before you arrive at the dealership to accurately
project your monthly payments.
Step 4: Know what monthly payment means
Resist negotiating based on monthly payments alone, without contemplating
the swelling interest rate or stretched loan term. Monthly payment results
from the down payment, loan term, and interest rate.
Step 5: Play the game
Play the game as well as they do. Be surprised that they can't give you a
better offer, even if the terms and price are reasonable, just to see if
you can move them. They want to create pressure to close you now, but you
have time that they don't -- use it.
Don't tell one dealer what another's quote was. You need their respect --
demonstrate that you deserve it.
Step 6: Drive the bargain
Tell the salesperson you will discuss an acceptable trade-in price for your
old car, but first must have a satisfactory price on the new car. Drive the
bargain when negotiating, impressing upon them you can sell it yourself for
more than they'll pay you.
Step 7: Prepare to walk
Prepare to walk out if you are not handled respectfully or the price is too
outrageous. In fact, with some due diligence, cut to the chase and play
hardball -- tell the dealer your price and expect a yes or no.
Step 8: Expect fees
Expect an onslaught of fees and extras just when you think you're done.
Some fees are unavoidable, but many can be easily bargained down or
avoided. Virtually all extras are unnecessary and overpriced. Throughout
the negotiation process, use your knowledge and the research you've done to
get the best deal.
Did You Know?
Preston Tucker started a new car company on the back of his 1948 Tucker
model. This company manufactured just 51 cars before failing in 1949.