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Tips To Finding Quality Cars Without Getting Scammed

Date: Apr 1, 2005
Contributor: Karen M

Half of us use the Internet to help buy a car, according to a recent study. The reasons are obvious -- we can research and compare inventory and pricing, all from the comfort of our homes.

To protect your purchases and hard-earned money, you should take the same common sense approach as with classified ads. Here are seven tips to finding a quality used vehicle and avoiding fraud online:

See what others have to say. Check to see if the Web site listing offers seller feedback. Read over information about previous transactions and look for any comments that may alert you. If the site does not offer feedback, ask the seller for references.

Contact the seller. Find out as much as you can about both the seller and the car you are interested in. Ask why they are selling the vehicle, how many miles and owners it has and if it has ever been in an accident. Ask about the condition of the vehicle and if all of the service records have been kept.

Get a vehicle history report. Get a detailed vehicle history report from . The report will give you valuable information such as the number of owners, mileage readings, whether the car has ever been salvaged or declared a lemon, and much more. Compare the information given to you by the seller to the Carfax report.

Get a second opinion. It may cost around $75, but it is well worth it to have a certified mechanic thoroughly inspect the car you are serious about. If the car is in a different state, contact a mechanic in the local area to arrange an inspection.

Proceed with caution. Review the description, payment and shipping details. Make sure you understand everything you are signing. Find out what actions the seller will take if a problem occurs and get all promises in writing. Never disclose personal information such as your social security number, bank account number or date of birth.

Know your rights. Contact your state's attorney general's office to find out what protections you have in case a deal goes bad.

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