How the scam works:
(with video below) Never call a dealership asking if they have a certain car, model, color, along with any other preferred add-ons. Why not? They will tell you they do have it.
However, once you get there, don’t be surprised if they say the car was just sold but they have the same model with a few different and even better features, for only $1,000 more. This is a crafty technique for bringing customers in and extracting more money out of them.
Watch the video below to see more scams pulled by dealers and things to check when buying a car (maybe get a Buying A Car For Dummies book, too):
How to avoid:
Never shop for cars through the phone. This is just one of the several scams that you could be a victim of, especially if you are buying your first car. Whether you’re looking at how to buy a car with bad credit or you just want to take advantage of a ‘no money down cars’ promotion, learn their tricks and have everything ready. If you’re wondering what do you need when buying a car from a dealership, consider getting a car buying guide first to protect youself from scams.
How to report:
Make your family and friends aware of car dealerships deceptive practices by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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