Used Cars For Sale By Owner-Don’t Be Bamboozled

The used cars for sale by owner category is a viable place to buy vehicles in the paper or online.  The problem is that there are many people that you should watch out for.  There are those selling used cars that take advantage of people.[widget:ad_unit-490971921]

We all work too hard for our money.  The last thing anyone wants is to be taken advantage of.  Here are some of the common rip-offs to look out for.

Tip one:  Some people disconnect the speedometer/odometer in the car to have the mileage appear to be much lower than it is.  The car may have 100,000 miles on it but only reads 35,000.  How do you protect yourself?  Unfortunately you may not always be able to do anything but if you notice things like brand new tires, a new clutch pedal cover (if it’s a manual transmission), or any other parts that wear with repeated use, a red flag should go up.  Why would you need a new steering wheel or a new brake pedal cover on a car with only 35,000 miles on it?

Tip two:  Sometimes the seller may try to sell you a salvaged title vehicle.  This is more difficult to get away with but there are those who still try.  It’s best to take someone with you who knows cars.  Always check the status of a vehicle with the department of motor vehicles before you buy.

Tip three:  Some will even try to sell you a stolen vehicle.  You might laugh but it’s no joke.  They could steal a car, go to the junk yard and buy a totaled car exactly the same, and switch out the vehicle identification numbers.  The point is, if you are going to purchase  used cars for sale by owner, you need to do your homework.

If you don’t know a lot about cars always take someone with you who does.  Even if you do know someone, you may still consider taking the car to a local shop and have it tested.  If the owner won’t agree to that, then that should tell you something.  You will have to pay a fee but it’s a small price compared to getting ripped off for thousands.  Buying  used cars for sale by owner doesn’t have to be a bad experience, just know the situation you are getting into.