Avoiding Used Car Scams
AutoCrisis.com wants its customers to be aware of some of the scams that are being perpetrated. Be careful. Don't become a victim!
Disclaimer: AutoCrisis.com provides this information as a convenience to customers and users of its site. The list below is for exemplary purposes only and should not be relied on as accurate or legally adequate for any specific transaction. An attorney licensed in your area should be consulted as to the legal effect or adequacy of any form.
Below are some variations of scams that we've heard of in the media:Please print this page now, and keep for your records.
• The use of fake cashier and certified checks. To protect yourself as much as possible, go with the buyer to his/her bank. Let them purchase the certified check in your presence for the agreed amount.
• Beware of buyers sending emails containing the words 'client', 'rep', 'representative', 'broker', 'agent', 'dealer'.
• If a buyer is located outside USA, beware.
• Beware of 'buyers' asking you to ship your car before you receive payment.
• When you receive an email/call that says "we have a customer interested in purchasing your car", beware.
• When you receive an email/call that asks for your "last asking price" beware. Most buyers make final offers, only after they have seen the car.
• If a buyer claims to represent a company that purchases and ships cars, beware!
• If you receive an email that says "get back to me with photos, preferred method of payment, and shipment procedures", beware!
If you receive an email from a buyer that you think
is not legitimate, please forward it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, exercise good judgement when dealing with
others. AutoCrisis.com wishes you good luck with your