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Whether it's a private seller or a used car dealer, car scams are here to stay - even if you're buying the car in person. Before you head out for a car buying experience, check out our top 10 used car …

Whether it's a private seller or a used car dealer, car scams are here to stay - even if you're buying the car in person. Before you head out for a car buying experience, check out our top 10 used car scams so you'll be prepared.

Don't get scammed into purchasing a car from a crook! Find out the complete driving history of the person selling you the car first to see if they are being legitimate with you or not.

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  • 1. Presents: 10 Car Scams You Need To Know!
  • 2. Scam #1 ● ● By making a car appear to have lower mileage than it actually does, the seller can rake in thousands of extra dollars. The crooks call it "rolling back" or "spinning" an odometer. Each year in America, bad guys tamper with the odometers on about half a million used cars. The typical rollback takes 30,000 miles off the life of a car.
  • 3. Scam #2 ● ● Beware of dealers trying to sell you extra features like rust-proofing, fabric protection or windshield etching of the vehicle identification number. You don’t really need them. You can buy a VIN etching kit for $20 at any auto parts store and easily do it yourself.
  • 4. Scam #3 ● ● Online car sellers often use escrow services, which collect and verify payment from a buyer. The money is held by the service until all parties are satisfied with the sale. There have been some instances of phony escrow services operating on the Internet. Make sure you check out an escrow service.
  • 5. Scam #4 ● ● The dealer advertises a car with a great price, but when you show up at the dealership, they say it's already been sold. They then try to get you to buy a more expensive vehicle. The whole point of a bait-and-switch ad is to get you to the showroom.
  • 6. Scam #5 ● ● Some people will want to take your vehicle for a test drive. They might even leave you a driver’s license to hold onto while they do. Be careful here; fake licenses are hard to recognize for the common person. Then they drive off with your car!
  • 7. Scam #6 ● ● ● Be VERY careful selling cars/large items if the buyer is keen to use Paypal and states they are working abroad. You then get a FAKE Paypal email saying you have been paid extra. It is a scam to eventually get a Western Union payment from you.
  • 8. Scam #7 ● Stolen vehicles are often sold with vehicle identification numbers (VINs) that have been swiped from legally registered cars. One way to avoid being a victim of this scam is to verify that all of the VINs on a vehicle match, including those on the dashboard, the driver’s side door sticker, the car’s frame and the paperwork for the vehicle.
  • 9. Scam #8 ● According to the Department of Motor Vehicles officials and state fraud investigators, one the most common scams dealers commit is fixing a totaled car off the books and then reselling it "as is."
  • 10. Scam #9 ● If you face a changing story, a sudden shift in the terms of the sale or a request to move the transaction from one website to another, beware. These are common scammer tactics, but they're rare among legitimate sellers.
  • 11. Scam #10 ● If buying from a private party and there is money owed on the car, you want to go with the seller to the bank and pay the car off directly and have the bank release the title to you on the spot. Don’t just hand over a large sum of money to the seller and trust that all will be fine.