Not everyone can afford to buy a new car and often you can find a good deal on a used car from a private seller. Not all private sellers are honest though, some will try to scam you. Before you go to look for a used car from private sellers, know these various scams that they use to take your money and leave you with a hunk of junk.

If the seller wants money or a wire transfer but you have to wait to get the car, let this be a red flag that it could be, and most likely is, a scam. There may not even be a real car for sale. The supposed seller wants to take your money and then not contact you again. You should not have to give any money for a car until you are able to take the car from the seller.

If the deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. If the car seems to be in great condition and the price seems to be super low, expect that something is wrong. Most private sellers who do this will not tell you that something is wrong with the car. The best thing you can do is take the car for a test drive to your mechanic and have them look it over and let you know what is wrong with it. If you do it that way, at least you know what you are getting into and are not buying a car thinking it works just fine just to have it break down a week later.

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If the private seller is trying to offer you a third party protection plan on the used car that they are trying to sell you, know that it is a scam. The people who do this know how to make it seem like you are talking online with someone from the company when in reality it is just them reassuring you. Then when you purchase the plan, they get the money, but you do not get the protection plan.

If the seller suddenly changes gears in the middle of the negotiations take that as a red flag, it is a scam! If their story suddenly changes then you know that something is wrong. Take that as an opportunity to just get out of the situation before you get scammed and lose money.

If the seller tells you that the car that is for sale is not at their residence, then you should see a red flag. Typically when a vehicle is for sale it is either at the person’s home or somewhere it is easy to advertise that it is for sale. Depending on where they say it is, you should be able to determine whether or not it is a scam. If it is sitting out where it is easily seen then you do not need to worry as much. However, if the seller tries to tell you it is at their friend’s house, you might want to forget about that car all together.

When you are buying a car from a private seller you can get a better deal, if you are careful and know what you are doing. You always have to be careful of scams. There are plenty of people out there who would not think twice about scamming you and you should not think twice about walking away from a car if you feel a though you could be in a situation where you could be scammed. If you know the most common ways that people try to scam others then you will have a better defense against getting scammed, which is always a good thing.

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