Rookie Mistakes When Buying A Car

Rookie Mistakes When Buying A Car


(engine roaring) (car crashing) – Buying a car. It’s almost as bad as
(clears throat) selling one. It’s like a right of passage. It’s like the ending of a movie. It’s something that takes
a little bit of finesse, if you will. If you’re new to buying
cars and you just want to learn some simple mistakes
that are typically made, you’ve come to the right place. With me, today. We’re gonna be talking
about some rookie mistakes that you’ll probably
make when buying a car. – Let me talk to you. Sam, your first echelon of freedom awaits underneath one of those hoods. – By the way, if you’re looking for wheels, tires, suspension,
fitmentindustries.com. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. Alex.fi on the cool stuff
and @fitmentindustries on Instagram, go give it a follow ’cause we want more people. Now, when building a car there
are typically two options. Buying from a dealership or
buying from a private party. With that being said, most
of the rookie mistakes actually apply to both
so we’re gonna delve (bell ringing)
into both. It’s a bit of like a stuck
between a rock and a hard place situation when you’re looking
at which one you want to do. So step one, you’re gonna
go over, get in the closet, put on your big boy pants
because this is gonna be a roller coaster of
emotions and a lot of them are not going to be very good. They’re gonna suck, to
be completely honest. No, I don’t think I’ve ever had just a fantastical experience buying a car. So, first we’re gonna
go talk about the issue that’s gonna hit home for a
lot of us and probably you. We’ve all been there, there’s an older car that you’ve always dreamt of. Or there’s an older Evo,
a Termi, what have you and you just don’t have the cash for it but, if you just get financed
for it it’d be golden. This is where we run
into the issue because banks and other financial institutions are looking out for
themselves and not you. And they’re gonna be looking at the KBB and the value of the car. And the issue is that sometimes
the enthusiasts demand is sometimes a much different
price point a.k.a. bro tax, they’re not actually gonna
give you the full amount of the loan that you need to buy the car. A tip from an ex loan
officer, which is me, go to a credit union
because they’re usually gonna be more lenient than your big banks. And if you’ve got a healthy
relationship with them they’ll often go above the
vehicle’s value to help you out. Some even use NADAguides
versus Kelley Blue Book which is easier on used vehicles. This actually helps a ton on older cars. Another one of the most
important rookie mistakes that a ton of people make is
not doing enough research. There’s a lot of people out
there think that there’s just a certain type of car,
and want a certain type of car for no specific reason
whatsoever, doesn’t matter. And that’s fine, they just like it. But you’re gonna just end
up disappointing yourself because just like any other
big purchase it’s important to do your research and find
some resources that you can help find out what some of
the common issues are, right? Like what people like about it. What is the aftermarket potential? What can you expect in the long run? What is the maintenance? How does it perform? Most of these questions can
be answered by checking out the good ol’ world wide
web but you can also use resources like friends
and family that might have experience with
those vehicles as well. The bottom line, is that
you don’t want to end up in a car that is giving you a hard time or isn’t what you expected it to be which happens a lot more often than what a lot of people would think. – Aw, don’t be like that. If I had a rock I’d bust yo head. – It’s just disappointing. Like, there’s no other way about it. Like, you’re gonna get the
car, it’s gonna be great and then something’s gonna go
wrong and you’re gonna be like wow, I didn’t know that
this was gonna happen. You’re gonna type it into Google and it’s gonna be the
first thing that pops up and guess who’s gonna
feel like a dumb (bleep). Ya. So the pro tip here is to
always, and I mean always type in that one sentence that
you want to avoid in Google. Find your iPhone because you like to party and you’re not 90 years
old like I am and type in the year, the make, the model, trim and then finalize it with
that one last word, problems. You’re gonna get hit with
a novel of issues that the vehicle has and whether
you want to admit it or not it’s good to know. Don’t hide from those
searches as well because those are the ones that you’re often gonna find the most common and
valuable information with the problems of the car. It’s better to know what
you’re looking for and at least accept the fact that
you’re gonna have the issue or you can check to see if it’s been repaired before you buy it. The internet, it’s a marvelous thing. Numero three, do not, and I repeat do not only shop at one place for a vehicle especially when dealing with dealerships. So, different people and
different dealerships are gonna give you all
sorts of different deals which means you could get the same vehicle for cheaper somewhere else. It all depends on how
much the person or dealer has stuck into the car and how much they’re willing to drop in price. For example, if you
had two people get into the car at the same exact price and then they go to trade them in, two different dealers may offer two different prices which means their investment into the car is two different amounts. Which means one will be
able to lower the price a little bit more and still
make a profit versus the other. If you find a car at a dealer
that’s not willing to drop you’re gonna wanna take
your business elsewhere. Or at least threaten that and sometimes it kicks their (bleep) into gear and it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I have to do it with my
internet company like every, every year I have to
turn into and angry man. So, pro tip here is to get
two purchase agreements from the two competing dealerships. Allow each dealership
to see the final offer and it just makes it very cut and dry and it’s either gonna be a yes or a no on whether the dealership that
is at a higher price point, the one that you may want more, would be willing to drop the price. It’s also a great way to get
a time commitment from the dealerships that you’re purchasing from because purchase agreements
aren’t necessarily the easiest to draft. Especially when you’re
making as many as you are in the ol’ dealership or
stealership as they say. Our next rookie mistake might
actually be pretty surprising because, while you would think
this one’s pretty obvious, but I don’t know if you’ve
been on the internet but obvious just seems to
go right out the window. Take your car through a test drive, or even just take it on
a test drive in general and drive it like you
would want to drive it. You wouldn’t buy a house
without walking through it so why would you buy a
car without driving it? And a lot of times this
is a common mistake for a lot of people that are buying something from across the state or country. Car might look perfect on
the outside and aesthetically but, once it drives
there could be all sorts of issues that you weren’t able to see. Whether it be a blown shock,
an issue with alignment, a misfire, a boost leak, you name it. That’s all the things
you’d be able to catch. There are also things
that you wouldn’t notice, and I mean really wouldn’t notice if you don’t actually drive the car hard. Now this could be awkward
because private sellers and dealers typically
don’t want you beating the piss out of their
car and it makes sense. Especially if you don’t own it yet. But that’s why it’s always best to get their permission first and
it’s important to get an idea on how the car is gonna
react to your driving habits so drive it like you own it. Also make sure that you’re
driving it conservatively when it’s cold but then when it warms up giving it a little bit
more so that you can actually feel what the car
is going to behave like. But don’t crash it, because you know, that’s a problem here. Here’s a pro tip, if you
don’t feel comfortable let the other person slam
through the gears for you while you’re in the
passenger seat but let that get enough action so you can
actually see the car work, cold start attempt, and on the road. Along with the actual
test drive it’s important to look over, thorough,
just like basic things. Like tires, brakes, oil
change, all that sort of stuff. Because those are all
residual costs that come after the fact that
actually add up quite a bit. No one wants to end up
with a pile of junk and a lot of sellers do a great job at hiding issues that the
car might have because honestly, let’s be real, they just want to get it out of their hands. Now, this next one is
especially true with used cars so it’s always important to get a used vehicle report if possible. There are things like the CARFAX and, the CARFAX, that’s… Awfully open competitive market there. Usually dealerships will
have that readily available but a lot of private sellers
can get one for you as well. The report shows when
the vehicle was serviced, what was done, if it had
been in any accidents. But keep in mind that more
than likely not everything is gonna be reported because
you don’t have to report it. There might be a few service
issues or things that fell through the cracks but
the receipts that you get at time of purchase are meant
to cover the difference. Now, you may buy a car that
doesn’t have every single oil change receipt and
that’s okay because the CARFAX paired with the
major repair sheets that they’re going to keep is what’s
gonna make the difference whether the car’s been
properly serviced or not. If you don’t see a novel
of information in their service report, don’t
automatically freak out, take a look at the CARFAX or the other history reports that they have. A lot of times older manuals will have that information as well. And you might be rest
assured that actually they just didn’t need to
keep the $70 oil change but they did keep the $3,000 repair they did at 60,000 miles. – Hey Manny, get your clown cousin to get some hammers and come
bang this stuff out, baby. (laughing) – Now moving on, when
you’re looking for a car it’s easy to fall in love with
one that might seem perfect. It’s the right color. It’s that basalt black. It has all the right
options like the sunroof, the manual transmission,
the black leather interior, it’s perfect price, it’s
everything that you want so you stop looking at other
cars ’cause this is the one. This is like, if the deal falls through, or there’s something
wrong, you’re gonna cry. And guess what? That happens a lot. Stop looking for other
cars the moment you find the one you really like because if you do you’re probably gonna miss
out on other, better deals. Because guess what, they’re cars homie. There’s a lot of them out there. So you just finding the
one you really wanted, more than likely there’s gonna be others the farther you look out. There’s more likely to be a better deal, a better car waiting around the corner. And don’t get stuck on one because you really just don’t want to. You’re gonna hurt your heart. Now you can actually use
different used vehicles as leverage to get the price down on the car that you want to buy. So pro tip here is to never fall in love until you sign that title. It’ll save your heart, trust me. It’s too often that people
find a car on Craigslist, set up the appointment to go check it out, go fall in love, turn it into their wallpaper on their phone, and then realize it’s a
salvage title with three gears and one and a half seats. It’s super disappointing. Now, when buying a car it’s important to figure out monthly payments and such but, what a lot of people
forget about is insurance, costs associated with
it, because God knows that you need insurance
because you’re probably 18 years old and you’re a male and insurance companies judge you. You’re gonna have to insure
and it’s just an adult thing. So, don’t be that person
running around with no insurance because nobody likes
that and it’s illegal. But sports cars, some more
than others, are gonna cost more for insurance because the
type of car that’s involved in more accidents and stuff,
and what young kids buy. That’s why WRX’s and STI’s
have higher insurance rates because the demographic
for buying these cars because they crash them
quiet a bit more than something like a Toyota Corolla. But that’s just the nature of it. You kind of have to be okay
with people judging you. Buying a car, especially
for an enthusiast, is a very important time in your life. It’s like a right of passage. It makes you feel like you’re an adult. It’s gonna be an expression
of you and your hobby. You want to be absolutely
happy with your purchase and this isn’t something that
should be regretted at all. So do your research, look over the car well, and just be smart. We’re sure you’ll make
a good choice, probably. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries. Don’t forget to subscribe,
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awesome videos like this and if you’re looking for
wheels, tires, suspension fitmentindustries.com. I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, we will see you later. Peace. (soft electronic music)

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100 Comments

  1. I made a good few of these, bought the first car I fell in love with and didn't check insurance beforehand, love my car but paying 1900 insurance a year for a 1.3 golf just cos it's my first car and has coilovers is not it chief

  2. My rookie mistake when buying a car was not getting someone who knew shit about cars to look at it first, and now i have a car with 2 motor mounts gone one hanging by a thread and idk about the 4th but we do know its still there

  3. One thing to check online is that your states dealership processing fee and if there is a maximum limit or not in Virginia I believe there is no limit while in Maryland the limit is $300 so I bought my car in Maryland for cheaper, one year newer, more features, and more than half fewer miles than the one in virginia

  4. Lol good luck getting any dealership to get you a purchase agreement to walk out with. The only one might be carmax

  5. I'm still heart broken over a missed opportunity to buy a low mile USDM AE86/88. It was 2 grand with no rust and I would have pulled the trigger if I had storage for it.

  6. I was going to buy a car just cause I like it but now I'm going to look at other options cool video I'm glad I subscribed

  7. Lmao it's actually funny. I live in Canada and it would've cost 120 dollars more to insure a 2019 corolla than it did to insure my 2019 Camaro🤷

  8. Got my car 1k under trade in value at the dealer because they gave the guy way too little for his trade in and I'm an employee ayy lmao

  9. All the people with nice cars in the military, got a good deal with mine 08 scion tc cuz I needed a car but only had 110k miles and got it for 3, paid off only insurance, money for car parts to build it and sell it 😂😂

  10. Bought a used 370z. After some research I realized my clutch is ticking time bomb. It can go out at any moment . I got it because the insurance is pretty cheap $240 compared to an evo which close to $380 and I’m 20.

  11. 18 and want an gt86 but ik insurence will kill me if i get one so i bought a manual 2001 civic dx sedan. Plan: keep this shit box UNTIL im 25 and than get the gt86

  12. I made the mistake of having no knowledge of cars and buying one that is underpowered. I can make it fast but it'll cost quite a bit of money. I should have waited and bought a faster car.

  13. getting multiple quotes from competing dealerships – doesn't each time affect your credit score? Or is there a way to go around that? This might be a stupid question but hey I don't know this stuff, and THAT'S why I'm watching this video! lol!

  14. Not gonna lie I wish I saw this before I bought a car. I had my heart set out for an amazing 350z but the dealership wouldn’t take me seriously, they didn’t wanna lower the price at all and turns out it had a lot of problems, but before I just about gave up I found a perfect 370z and now I own a great car! But my heart does hurt a little from not getting the one I truly wanted. But any who love the videos and keep up the great work my man!!

  15. I got lucky, I just bought me a 2017 Camaro 2.0T Manual and love it yeap gotta pay it for the next few years but honeslty love it overall.

  16. Do your self a solid especially if you are looking in to a sports car before you go to the dealer ship call insurance company’s for a quote and tell them what car you are looking for and how much it will cost then let that help with you as well

  17. Look for dealers that do not charge dealership fees. Make sure the car is clean before you receive it. Don't waste money on dumb wheel and tire warranties etc. Make sure "your" mechanic checks it. The word dealership means nothing good to me

  18. biggest mistake is getting a loan for a car. Either you have the money for a car or you don't have that car.
    Getting in debt for a used car that ca literally die tomorrow is a bad idea.

  19. When buying new, I go to one place and get the car as lows as I can without a trade. I go somewhere else and get my trade as low as I can before even telling them what I’m looking for. I take both those numbers and I take them back to each other and to a 3rd dealer if possible and watch them all try and beat each other and then drive off the lot with a hell of a deal within a week

  20. I really love and I really wanted an old Subaru Impreza, but went on to buy a Focus ST instead, and I have to say as a First car is amazing.

  21. Ima Mitsubishi and Subaru guy, I’ve been searching forever to buy either one and I found a 06 hawkeye sti at a dealership and when I bought it, oh man it was great until I saw a post about a evo 9 for sale and that shit hurt my heart. I’m almost done paying it off and now I’m trying to get an evo 8 or 9z

  22. I am thinking to buy Mazda 3 MPS (the car that the guy in the video typed), is that a sign? if it is, positive or negatif sign?

  23. Im 20. My VW mk7 Gti is about 1600$ every 6 months. I got a quote for a 2013 nissan GTR at $920 every 6 months. K..

  24. Also try to figure the interest rate and try to apply it to the total cost of the car divided by the amount of time on the loan so there are no surprises financially when you purchase your car!

  25. I financed my first car at 19, 2005 Scion tC for 6k 5spd. The car in my profile pic. I financed it thru my credit union with no down payment. $150 a month, I was on my dad’s insurance paying a total of $380 a month for both cars, he was paying $100 a month. And every other insurance place wanted to charge me at least $550 a month by myself. Got Into my first accident 4 years later and paid nothing for it because i had gap insurance which was a extra $5 a month. So in the long run I think I did ok

  26. Look, you do cover some good information but how can you leave out to check the two main safety ratings sites? Shouldn't whether or not you will live through a crash be your top criteria for choosing a car? Because once you've lived through a loved one dying in a crash, you quickly realize there's nothing that trumps a perfect safety rating.

  27. For a first car, would a BRZ/86 be a viable option? I'm 17 and 2 months away from getting my license. I was wondering if it would be on the more expensive side?

  28. When looking at ST’s i found my ideal ST3, tuxedo black, full leather recaro’s, heated seats and steering wheel, accent lights…everything i wanted!!! Took it for a test drive and when leaving the gas station for the test drive the gauge cluster lit up like a Xmas tree and the car wouldn’t start. Turns out the owner put on a cold air intake, dropped a bolt down into the turbo and fried the motor. The dealership put in a brand new engine and well it wasn’t fixed obviously…..so much disappointment. Ugh.

  29. I went through a credit union, I'm 18 my parents co signed and I got the loan in a couple days with 2.75% interest

  30. You demonize dealerships in this video but mention how you'd rather buy the car that the person who previously owned it was given less money for because that means you can buy it for less. But if you were in that situation you'd want the most money for your car, right?

  31. DUDE HOLY FUCKING SHIT WTF. that video of the mustang crashing into the nissan is in Ogden Ave in IL, and it’s literally 2 mins from my house!!! what the fuuuuck. i live and went to high school (graduated last year) within walking distance from that panera!!!! AND I NEVER SAW OR HEARD ABOUT THIS. WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK WHAT THE FUCK. i’m shook.

  32. Insurance! I own a 2010 VW GTI and 21 years old i was going to go under my dads but it would have been $450/month but i went by myself and i pay $190/month. FYI i went with a different company. Look around people!

  33. Do not finance cars!
    Hurr Durr BuT I DoNt HaVe 30k In ThE bAnK
    Well put some money then buy the car. I've lost count of how many times I've seen people not being able to keep up with the interest rates, skip payments, drawn in debt, the bank comes get the car, the car is not worth enough money to cover the credit badabim badabum you are now paying a car you don't get to use

  34. My mom cosigned my 2013 frs for me and I put the money down and do the payments and realized I wanted a newer model brz or 86 and I'm already too far ahead in miles. Cant go back now. Been only 2 years and I'm at 109k miles.. So now I'm stuck with a car that has no value after I finish financing it smh

  35. #1 mistake my friend made when buying a car without me there….not knowing the vehicle actual worth and just agreeing to the sticker price…could have shaved off a thousand or 2..

  36. Really nailed it on the “WRX’s having higher insurance” I also happened to hit a deer with my wrx 🤦🏼‍♂️

  37. Also try to get a parent as a driver in your insurance policy, most of the time the price drops drastically, did that for the car im buying tomorrow and I went from paying 3000/year to 1600/year. Also Make sure you have to money to buy the car, I know some people who taught they could afford a certain car but end up having to return it of sell it because the gas is a bit more expensive then they taught, maintenance cost money, wipers fluid, winter tire if you have snow, those are all factors that people forget easily when they budget their car.

  38. My first car was a 2007 Honda Accord got it when I was 16 and once I turned 18 it died.
    I was told “You get this car or no car”
    So it was buy this car that’s $4,000 more expensive than what I wanted or get no car. I had a 20 minute drive to work and was told I wasn’t getting drove anymore.
    All in all I hated the car I hated I was forced into buying a car I didn’t want because my grandma didn’t trust anyone outside of my family. Little did she know the car immediately needed four new tires a new headlight and an oil change.
    Worst decision she ever made and it pissed me off because I had no say in my first car despite wanting a car that was less than 1/2 the price. Oh well the past is the past and now I’m stuck in a 2001 Ford Focus that’s breaking down every month.

  39. I made my first mistake at 18, Miata blew up for the second time and I was tired of spending money so I went to the Honda dealer and got a 2011 civic with 40k miles.
    Well my dumbass had no credit so if you can’t tell where this is going, it was %32 interest rate. $330 payments and only $50 was towards principal. Long story short I was broke for a year got it refinanced at %4 and I’m about to sell it a year later for a genesis coupe 😊

  40. I wanna buy a Corvette, but I guess I'm mostly doing it to show off, because I would just plan to have it as my every-day car. No body kits nothin, unless I become a car collector and want to have body kits and such for my cars, (Maybe not on super cars or hyper cars though)

  41. My first car a few years ago was a Honda Civic si 2012, didn’t know how to drive a manual but I figured it out sooner or later. Just got my second car and it’s a Mercedes lmao. But I love it, not really a car guy tho

  42. One more tip bring a mechanic you trust! I bought a trans am that I was in love with from the test drive only to realize that there was no fluid in any part of the car. Radiator trans oil gas power steering and even brake fluid. I ignored all the small details and the engine blew out on my way home and I was stuck in the ghetto and almost got killed. My mechanic told me Texas has a three day rule for any purchase so I took it back and got my money back had I waited a couple days my money would’ve been gone along with my happiness and dreams

  43. Going to pick up a "perfect" stock 350z next weekend. 08 hr manual with 60k miles. I've been searching for the better part of a year lol hopefully all goes well.

  44. Moral of the story, don't get a car, use your legs, your sperms will move faster to the egg and your sex drive will be over 3000

  45. Honestly, I think this video did a good job of covering things to know. I recently purchased my second car. It took me about a month and a half to find a car that I liked and was at a good deal. I usually don’t like dealership but after looking at so many places I found a 2005 Audi A4 Quattro Cabriolet for $7,000 and I got a $3,000 5 year warranty so a garage kept car for $10,000 with 75k miles was worth the wait.

  46. I'm 25 and Canadian. I went to a dealership and financed my 2013 BRZ. Had the dealership put in a new windshield and put on a new set of tires. Total cost for everything was 19 grand. Manageable monthly loan payment, and having a clean insurance record helps. Very happy.

  47. So my dad worked at a dealership for like a month and he was selling a car too a guy and my dad gave him a discount on the car like 3k off and my dad convinced him to trade in his personal car for like 500$ and the car came with some nice race wheels and a net steering wheel and my dad bought the car from the dealership ship for 500$ and everyone at his job was mad saying they were gonna buy it for there kid the only thing about the car is the 4th gear is slipping (I don’t know what this means but yeah) I think my dad got a hella of a deal for it and some of my coworkers think I got a deal for it

  48. I got a 2013 g37 sedan yes sedan from a used dealer that turned out to have like 5 grand in work needed. The dealer said "as is" and hung up. But it only had 54k miles. The factory warranty was 60k miles. So it was fixed for free plus i paid to get everything done.

  49. was looking for a Jaguar xkr for about 6 months before I finally found the one I bought. Almost bought one I was in love with for 30 grand, but since I did my research I found out timing chain rattle is a common problem on them. Went to check out this car, and sure enough it had timing chain rattle. The dealer didn't want to give me enough off to cover the cost of the extremely intensive repair. A week later the one I bought popped up for 23k, no issues and same mileage. For some reason the insurance is significantly cheaper too as a convertible rather than coupe, 180/mo vs 340.

    tl;dr do your research and be patient, it'll pay off. Also gas is a lot more expensive than you think and take mpg/octane into account before buying on a budget.

  50. Basically make sure you have enough money for what you want. Having a lot of money solves many problems.

  51. The bad part is that no one in my family has the car that I own

    👇
    Which is a 1993 Nissan r32 skyline grr

    Comment what car you guys own

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