You don’t have enough experience, you have at least $10K in your pocket, and you are planning to spend them all on a used car? Congratulations, you are already the target audience of fraudulent car dealers. They don’t operate with official vehicle distributors and manufacturers so buyers even cannot complain if something unpleasant happens. The only way for them to avoid such frauds is by knowing which types of VIN frauds exist, how to detect and prevent them.
The Most Popular Types of Used Car Frauds
- Attempts of selling another car: Imagine that buyers see some vehicle on the advertisement but when they come for it, their seller tells them that it was already sold but there is another one available for selling. This situation is typical and the offered car is usually worse and more expensive. If you see that your sellers act in that way, don’t listen to them and go away. Don’t waste your time and find another advertisement similar to it;
- Hiding odometer data: Every used vehicle seller knows that mileage has inverse relationship with car’s price. So if instead of revealing the truth, your sellers try to conceal this data, you shouldn’t rely on that (there might be much more for hiding). The first thing you should do before asking about odometer readings – opening the https://vincarhistory.com/ website and checking mileage requesting VIN check. It can show less than sellers reveal but it will never show more;
- Not revealing damages happened to this vehicle: When a car gets into the flood or an earthquake, it requires complete restoration and engine replacement. Knowing that information stays very essential but your sellers might not want to reveal it (in search of a more lucrative check). The only way of knowing about any damages happened to the vehicle – is through requesting car’s information from special agencies;
- Offering additional services and adding their costs to the final price: When your sellers tell you that the car is almost ready but they should do some additional work, don’t agree paying extra. Demand from them doing this work for free or reject their offer. You’ve seen the advertisement and you’ve come for buying the car which is ready, so sellers don’t have rights for requiring any extra fees;
What Can You Do If You Think That Sellers Mislead You?
Frauds and counterfeits of any kind are punishable in the US. But if you think that your sellers try to hide something or sell higher than the fair price, there is no need for suing them. You simply reject their deal and they continue to wait for another “stupid buyer”. Maybe, someone will buy this car, maybe someone will sue them for not disclosing important information. Anyway, you didn’t waste your time and you’ve known all you needed about this vehicle. Don’t forget that VIN number can also be modified so you should be very attentive to sellers’ behavior and don’t hesitate to request additional checks.