The automotive sales environment can be full of surprises. In some instances, it can be extremely risky with scamsters and opportunists online. It’s important to know what to look for as some people get taken for a ride while looking for one.
Here’s what you can do to protect yourself:
Be Very Suspicious Of Email
These days some of the most popular online scams are practiced via email. Fraudsters utilize emails to market crazy deals that are sure to grab your attention. When these emails come through you should always do your best to verify the legitimacy of the dealer or contact person getting in touch with you. If there are links available, be sure to pay attention to the URL it takes you to and be careful of phishing scams.
If It Looks Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is
Scammers tend to have the strangest asking prices, and this is where you need to keep your wits about you. If it sounds too good to be true then it most probably is. Run a search for the same car being offered on online listings. You’re also more than likely to find the very photo they used in the listings that are out there.
Money First Is Never Safe
Scammers will do their best to rush you to make deposits into accounts before you’ve had the chance to see the car in person or even test drive it. Most reputable dealers do their best to ensure that your financial information is handled carefully so do not give any credit card information.
Protect Your Personal Information
In some events, scammers will try offering you the best deal on a car with the intention to harvest your personal information and use this to try to apply for a vehicle with a reputable dealer on your behalf. Making sure that your personal details are always protected is paramount to ensuring that you never become a victim of such a thing.
Location, Location, Location
Where the deal takes place can also be a cause for concern. The sketchy dealers will try to meet you in public places like malls and shopping center parking lots. In this event, you may not be able to find them if the car you eventually purchase has issues after the sale. Make sure that you know where to find your dealer for after-sales support.