How to Know If You are Getting Scammed When Buying a Car on Craigslist
Craigslist can be a great source for you to find something awesome – including jobs, apartments, furniture, pets, books, and collectibles. Many drivers also turn to Craigslist to find a different vehicle. While you may get lucky and find a great deal, you can easily get scammed if you are not careful.
A Deal That is Too Good to Be True
Sure, you can find some great deals on Craigslist for vehicles that are in great condition, but a vehicle listed at an extremely low price and in near-perfect condition can often be a red flag for a potential scam.
When Was the Advertisement Made?
If the kind of advertisement we just described was the real deal, it will get snatched up in a heartbeat. Make sure to look at the date it was originally posted and if it has been renewed. Many vehicles/items can sit on Craigslist and get renewed multiple times if owners are struggling to sell them, but a fantastic vehicle at a fantastic price that is still available can be the sign of a scam.
Communication Between You and the Seller
It is okay to be curious, but certainly be cautious. Feel free to text, call, or email the seller and make an inquiry. If you are seriously interested, you can ask to meet up to take a look at the vehicle (ALWAYS meet in person). Should the seller tell you that they are outside of the advertised selling area (such as on a military base and they are getting ready to deploy) and they will ship the vehicle to you with the help of eBay, then this is definitely a scam and stop communicating.
Other Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed
Never give out your social security number or banking information. And never under any circumstances wire funds via Western Union or MoneyGram. Also, if the so-called seller sends you any links to your email, do not open them as it is likely a phishing scheme and can steal personal and sensitive information from your computer/phone.
Enjoy Safe and Affordable Car Shopping at Allan Nott!
Here at Allan Nott, we offer a safe and honest shopping environment so you never have to deal with the headaches of Craigslist. While we specialize in new Honda and Toyota models, we also offer an extensive selection of affordable pre-owned vehicles from a variety of brands. We can also work with you to formulate a payment plan that works for you. We look forward to seeing you and giving you a safe shopping experience!