Find or create the perfect list for any job. From a simple todo list to a complete record of your prized collection, we give you the tools you need to create the perfect list for any job. Create private lists, share lists with friends, or publish your lists and share them with the world. All in one place.

Due to browser limitations we are unable to display a print friendly version of the list.

Sign up for a free account on Listium to access our custom print function, plus a range of other features including:

  • Private and shared lists
  • Published lists
  • Mobile apps
  • Maps, images
  • Sorting, grouping and filtering
  • and much more...

Used Car Buying Guide and Checklist

It’s important to keep in mind that when buying a used car, research is definitely key. If you feel like you aren’t getting the best deal possible or you feel rushed while inspecting your potential used car, it’s okay to say no thank you and walk away.

This page may include affiliate links
Use this list
  • General

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
    Model (any options?)
  • 4
    Asking Price/Phone#
  • 5
    Trade in Value
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
    Windshield (chips or cracks?)
  • 9
    Headlights (foggy?)
  • 10
    Inspection Sticker Current?
  • 11
    Rusty Brake rotors?
  • 12
    Tire Tread
  • 13
    All 4 tires/wheels the same?
  • 14
    Wheel damage?
  • 15
    Rips on seats
  • 16
    Car Options (Navi, sunroof, etc)
  • 17
    Headliner (saggy?)
  • 18
  • 19
    Steering wheel (worn?)
  • 20
    Leaks (near engine and rear diff)
  • 21
    Rust (exhaust, frame, body, etc)
  • 22
    Suspension (tie rods, ball joints, shocks, axle, etc)
  • 23
    Frame Damage (from collision)
  • Engine

  • 24
    Hood pops open easily?
  • 25
    Frame (straight, no kinks)
  • 26
    Inspect for leaks (oil, coolant, tranny)
  • 27
    Oil level and oil (no metal, not frothy)
  • 28
    Check Coolant (make sure it’s not hot when you check)
  • 29
    Hood support/struts work?
Is this list missing something?  Suggest an addition  and we'll send the list owner a message.
Suggested Lists

If you have no mechanic friends, you will definitely need this list


This list was created to help UK users choose the best used car to suit their needs, and easily find options available in their area. 

I've added the estimated road tax and prices based on the options available, as well as the video snippets where you can see what I think of each option - and what to look for when you are browsing to buy each specific car.

When buying a used car, consider the MPG and price, but don't forget to factor in the road tax, insurance, whether or not it has been in an accident, as well as your own personal needs. 

An important disclaimer: Do your proper research beyond just AutoTrader, and do a history check. I always recommend using V-Check for this as their check is far more comprehensive than the Experian / HPI checks that you see on most websites.

Follow me on other social networks for more car-related content to help you make better buying decisions!

Creator: Jim Starling - "DefinitelyNotAGuru"




Buy me a coffee :)


My first car was a scooter


Investment scams have been around for several years already and by now, one might think that it’s about time that people know better. But the present reality is that investment scams still abound today and if anything, the people behind these scams have only become even better at it. What investors can do is to exercise a higher level of discernment when evaluating investment programs before making any wrong move. But what if it’s too late to undo wrong decisions and mistakes and one is caught in an investment fraud? The solution would be to hire an investor lawyer and here are reasons why:


Things I need to do to my Vehicles


Do you know what sucks? Dirty floors, stuck windows, and dust-filled rooms. What sucks even more? Upholstery cleaner, paper towels, and a vacuum cleaner that won’t pick up the dog hair you just tracked in. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer through this any longer! With the best shop vac on the market, your floors will be clean within minutes.

Buying a shop vac can be overwhelming as many options are available. To help you make the right decision, I’ve looked at the best shop vacs on the market and put them through a series of tests. In this list, I’ll share the research results and top recommendations.


As you can probably tell, I'm a little car obsessed