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Published on April 14th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Avoid Car-Selling Scams

(NAPSI)—The Internet makes it easy to shop for the best bargain on a used car—just remember, an offer that seems “too good to be true” probably is.

It may come from someone known as a “curbstoner.” These are illegal dealers who pose as individual sellers online and mostly deal with cars that reputable dealers won’t touch.

You may see cheap prices but the cars generally have major problems you’re not told about, such as flood damage, bad accidents or odometer problems. Some may even have a different Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), a trick used by thieves to hide the true identity of stolen cars.

Look for:

1. Strange marks or scratches on the dashboard VIN plate or sticker inside the driver’s side door.

2. Any car documents where the VIN looks altered.

3. Multiple VINs on different pieces of paperwork.

4. The seller’s name not appearing on car title or registration.

What to do: Shop online at a place like carfax.com. Every car for sale there comes with a free Carfax Vehicle History Report. Also have a trusted mechanic inspect the vehicle and always see the car in person.

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