Tip & How-To about Toyota Camry

Somethings to do when considering purchasing a vehicle

First thing give it a good external look for any signs of accidents, such as dents or slightly different paint colors as there can be hidden damage in the suspension, frame or body. Also check the status of the title (salvaged or not).

Next start the vehicle and listen to how it runs. It should sound smooth with no rattling or ticking or other weird noises. Older cars make a lot of different noises but common sense should tell you when something is wrong. Many newer cars you can barely tell that they are running. Also check to see if the check engine light is on or any other warning lights.

For most cars with automatic transmissions: with the vehicle running, shift through all the gears twice and check transmission fluid with vehicle in neutral (parking brake on). Shut the vehicle off and check the oil.
It is a good idea to check all the lights (head lights, running lights, brake lights, turn signals, hazard lights and reverse lights.) and the horn at this time.

Next give it a test drive. Try to go a few miles on the street, through speed bumps & dips, and on the freeway. Listen for any abnormal sounds when accelerating, shifting, turning, braking, and going over bumps. Also watch the gauges for any warnings and overheating.

When finished with the test drive take a look at the tail pipe before shutting it off there should be no smoke coming out.

These steps and common sense will give you a pretty good indication of the condition of the vehicle.

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my car sounds like a bell "ka-boing"


from your description of the damage it sounds like a metal reinforcement got loose (it helps the flat pice of metal such as the hood or trunk lid keep its shape and not flex) though it would help a lot to know year make and model of your car. is the dent only on the impact side of the trunk or did it form a bump on the side that didnt have direct impact, have you tried to pull the dent out? - that also puts tension on the metal and will make a noise. basically if you want to get a better answer let me know about your car and what has been done to it after the damage.

Dec 05, 2013 | 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Has anyone had any experience with painting after-market parts to the specific color of your vehicle?


best thing is that even if you do find the right match it will look newer than old part, and that sucks, most paint places will try to match color, but, will still look newer

Oct 18, 2012 | 2008 Scion Tc

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I am about to buy a 1997 Cadillac deville concours with 82k miles on it. The car seems to be in good condition. What should bear in mind before buying it. What should I check?? Is 4800$ a reasonable price for this car?


$4800 is what Kelley Blue Book is suggesting private party in good condition.
First thing give it a good external look for any signs of accidents, such as dents or slightly different paint colors as there can be hidden damage in the suspension, frame or body.
Next start the vehicle and listen to how it runs. It should sound smooth with no rattling or ticking or other weird noises.
Also check to see if the check engine light is on or any other warning lights.
With the vehicle running, shift through all the gears twice and check transmission fluid with vehicle in neutral (parking brake on). Shut the vehicle off and check the oil.
Next give it a test drive. Try to go a few miles on the street, through parking lots (speed bumps & dips) and on the freeway. Listen for any abnormal sounds when shifting, turning, braking, and going over bumps.
When finished with the test drive take a look at the tail pipe before shutting it off there should be no smoke coming out.
These steps and common sense will give you a pretty good indication of the condition of the vehicle.

Dec 16, 2010 | 1997 Cadillac DeVille

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scratches/ dents


i would have to estimate at least 500 dollars for a skin depending on the shop and the quality of paint you use.

Apr 03, 2010 | 2009 Chevrolet HHR

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