A drop in the economy brings out the nastiest people around. Some use these terrible recessions to pocket a quick buck of everyone else by implementing deceitful cons. We have to be on the look out and be aware of the possibility that we are being, or going to be conned. The likeliest place of this to occur is the car market, or flea market. Particularly as the dealer is expectant of some naivety on your part, as the buyer.
In the first place, we as consumers go out into the world looking for a deal, usually by cutting out the middle man. This can present risk to you. You no longer have the protection that the middle man can give, instead you angle for the person who’s offering a good deal. This can mean he’s unofficial and therefore you cannot expect protection or assurance that the car won’t break down. And so often, if or when you want to complain, there’s no one at the original site but empty ground, or bloke who refuses to accept they sold you the car.
Know how to spot the cons going. First, take another person with you. A person who is knowledgeable about cars, or dealing with the purchase of cars. Even a forceful friend. This may save you a lot of money in the future. This can also give you the opportunity to learn a great deal. Find out what they know so you can know for the future.
Second, you really want to meet with the person directly as and when. If at any time they’re away and you cannot contact them and they give weak reasons for their absence, be wary. If their lying about their activities, then you can’t trust them regarding the car or any assurance that they give.
Also, do not give any settlement beforehand. Including when using a service like Escrow. Either the website is a fake, or they refuse the exchange of the car because of some lame excuse, and you have to go through the hassle of retrieving your money.
• Take a notebook with you. Pre-prepare questions who want to know. Leave a space for the replies. You memory is not the best tool in a heated situation or when statements are flying everywhere. And the most important question is likely to be missed.
• Have you got the full contact details of the person you talk to and/or are dealing with? Be careful if he says he’s selling on behalf of a client.
• Does the Vehicle Identification Number on that Registration document match that on the driver’s door and dashboard?
• Ask whether the car comes with any Guarantee? What details are there of the warranty? Any kind of terms and conditions? In the worst case scenario, could you get a refund, part-refund, maybe within a given timeframe.
• The other method used to alter the visible details in car or on paper, such as the mileage. Ask yourself whether it’s believable. Compare it to a normal car, which clocks about 10,000-15,000 miles a year. This is dependent on who used it last, but it’s a good guideline.
• Run a check on the Web. Make certain this individual is exactly who he states he is. Find out the history of the seller, if you has one?
Finally, after you gather together as much information as you can to make an informed decision, if you are still not sure get the help of a professional.