Gonna be buying a car outright soon

I’m looking to buy a car from Craigslist, FB Marketplace, etc and I was looking for tips on red flags or regular scams to be on the lookout for while I’m looking around. I couldn’t find a thread for these particular scams, so if there is one please point me in the right direction!


The content was posted by wishmewells on 2021-11-11 04:29:50 via reddit

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4 Comments

  1. earthbender1776 says:

    If it looks like a stock photo, it is a stock photo. And stay away from the posts that are from used car lots. A lot of them will have an exact address somewhere in the post and tend to be located in major cities near you. There’s usually always way more problems then they’ll tell ya and they will screw you. And if you know a good enough mechanic, take em with you to avoid inspection fees. A mechanic friend or family friend is always going to be honest with you cause they aren’t profiting. Check names and IDs and the title thoroughly, and never take the cash with you. If they truly want to sell, they will wait a day to finalize the deal. Deal with the owner only. Try to avoid the “I’m helping my friend or family member out” people And of course, use the buddy system. Even your 90 year old granny neighbor could pull some slick shit or a gun lmao. And ALWAYS test drive it a decent distance in silence so you can listen for any sounds. Uh, that’s all I got. 😅

  2. PleasantAmphibian101 says:

    The !car scam auto mod has some information for you

  3. Crabby_Appleton says:

    In addition to all the “car doesn’t really exist advance fee scams”, beware of curbstoners purporting to sell you “their car”. The first thing you should do is go to your state’s tag and title website and read the instructions on how to private buy and sell a vehicle. Follow those instructions and don’t deviate from them no matter what the seller tries to claim or tell you.

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