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This blog is dedicated to internet used car buyers and sellers as a resource to educate and prevent costly mistakes when buying and selling automobiles online!
We have been observing, documenting, and commenting about, vehicle related buyer and seller disputes, auction fraud, and just about anything eBay corporate related since 2004.
We also blog about Craigslist / Amazon payments and other types of fraud, and misc topics of interest.
If a used car is priced unrealistically low, chances are something’s wrong with it. Or is a fraudulent advertisement! Older northern vehicles with Undisclosed frame rust. Flood damaged vehicles, Accident damaged vehicles with Undisclosed Salvage Titles. Just to name a few.
The net is infested with fraudsters that will steal your money in the blink of an eye. It’s what they do, and they are pros at doing it.
Other than Fraudsters, there are many hordes of Dishonest Sellers that will set up a car to look great in photos, but will tell blatant lies about it’s condition!
Selling your car? Beware of buyers paying with PayPal that could file a ChargeBack if their purchase was funded by a credit card many months later!
Doc sez.. It is imperative to verify the legitimacy of a used car deal before even sending a small deposit.If you fall for a phishing scam, or buy a severely misrepresented auto your money will be gone in the blink of an eye. Sorry to be blunt, but it’s like taking your money and throwing it in the trash!
Have the vehicle inspected! No matter how convincing someone sounds on the phone or via email, you should inspect the vehicle before sending payment or driving long distance to pay cash. If you can’t inspect the vehicle yourself hire someone that can.
Most legitimate car sites subcontract with inspectors who can check a potential vehicle purchase out. You can also search the net for an inspector where the vehicle is located at. If you buy blindly you might not be happy with what you receive.