Clearwater, FL – July 25, 2013 – Today there is an increasing number of consumers purchasing cars online. With that there is an increasing opportunity for consumers to be scammed. In some cases buyers purchase vehicles advertised, at a price often below book value, by individuals who don’t own them. The scammer never meets the customers in person and requires that payment be made via wire transfer. In the end, the scammer gets the money and the consumer gets nothing. BBB serving West Florida advises consumers to be on the lookout for red flags when considering an online car sale.
“Because consumers may see the price as a pretty good deal they often act quickly, without any investigation and that’s where they get into trouble,” said Karen Nalven, President of BBB serving West Florida. “Consumers need to use the same, if not greater precautions on line, that they would use making a purchase at a dealership.”
BBB offers the following tips for online car shopping:
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