Here at, we get a fair number of questions from people asking how you diagnose common, major problems with your car. Quite a number of cars we buy have problems like a seized engine, thrown rod, flooded engine, bad CV joint and bad transmission.

So, it behooves us to have a fair amount of knowledge pertaining to serious car problems. When asked, apart from suggesting that they sell us the cars, our usual response is to tell people to listen to how the car sounds and how the car feels.

The sounds your car makes can tell you a lot about what's going on under the hood. Problems like a bad CV joint, thrown rod, etcetera all make very specific noises.

What exactly does a seized engine, thrown rod, flooded engine, bad CV joint and bad transmission sound like? So glad you asked. You can hear for yourself in the video below. Or, you can check out the handy infographic. But, here are the crib notes…

Seized Engine Sounds Like:
Slow metallic clicking with a little bit of an echo. Thrown Rod Sounds Like:
Rapid thudding vibration that speeds up in high RPMs.

Flooded Engine Sounds Like:
Whining cranking sound that keeps going when the key is turned.

Bad CV Joint Sounds Like:
Metallic clicking that gets faster the faster you drive.

Bad Transmission Sounds Like:
Metallic vibration under a whirring sound that speeds up with the car.

If your car is making any of these sounds, give us a call at 877-877-7911 or fill out the “Get an Offer” form, and we’ll be happy to give you an offer for your car. Because, at, we buy cars in less-than-perfect condition.

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