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What To Watch Out For When Buying A Used Car Online

Aug 18, 2007
You may find some great prices when you look to buy a used car online, but it is best to check out what it is you are spending your money on. It is easy to purchase a lemon if you aren't too careful.

There are many people on the web looking to make a buck, and they don't care whose buck that they take. By following a few simple tips, you can protect yourself from fraud when you are looking to purchase a used car online.

Check out the history of the vehicle that you are buying. A vehicle history report can save you from buying a car that has been misrepresented online. You can find out title data as well as accident reports directly from your local DMV. If you check out CarFax, you can find out lots of information on a car you are thinking of buying as well.

No matter if you purchase a used car online or from a conventional used car lot, or even a private seller, you need to have the vehicle checked out by a trusted mechanic. Ask the previous owner to turn over all the records and other paperwork regarding service to the car. This can help you decide if this particular car is worth investing in.

Even if you find a deal you feel you can't pass up when you are shopping for a used vehicle online, it is a good idea to verify all the information about the seller. You will need a valid telephone number in case any problems should arise with the vehicle in question. Don't be afraid to ask the seller to see some ID, especially a photo ID. If the address the seller gave you doesn't match the one on his ID, then you had better think twice about purchasing this particular vehicle. If the person lives outside your country of residence, then it is not a good idea to make a transaction to purchase a used car from this person.

A good idea to protect yourself and the price of the car is to use an escrow service in order to pay for the vehicle. This will protect not only you, the purchaser, but the seller as well. if you are dealing with a reputable seller, this should not be a problem for them.

When you are looking to purchase a used car on the web, always use skepticism and your good judgment. If a deal seems just too good to be true, it probably is and there is a scam artist waiting in the wings to separate you from your money without giving you much in return.

You can find a place to report the fraud on the internet if you find you have been taken advantage of. The National White Collar Crime Center and the FBI have partnered together online to investigate any reports of fraud that are given to them. As long as you possess common sense and a healthy dose of doubt about what you are being told, you should do just fine when you are ready to purchase a used car online.
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