Shopping online is taking over the world of traditional retail so, among other things,
today the web offers a huge variety of all types of used cars. Through the specialized websites anybody can see what’s on the market in their own city, country or abroad in only a few clicks.
Development of online trading resulted with a great number of car dealers selling used vehicles over the internet and even greater number of purchasers searching for their dream car from the comfort of their homes. Numerous websites offer vehicle listings from both dealers and private owners and, since most of these websites are financing themselves with advertisements, there’s no charge for service and mediation. Even now, the annual sales through the most visited specialized websites of this kind are measured in hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles that change hands. So, the first step in buying a used car online is a research and reading tons of the experts’ reviews in order to get enough information about the websites, vehicles as well as the prices.
When buying a car online you have to be careful because, like in any other trade area, there are scam cases. Some frauds are easier to detect, while others are more subtle by nature. For that reason, when buying used car online, keep in mind one basic rule – never give a seller any money up front, no matter how large the sum is, because most of the time it’s a scam and it will be really hard or impossible to recover your money. You will often find the advertisements offering cars in excellent condition at a price 30 or 40 per cent lower than expected, with a 5-day test period. All you have to do is pay half the amount in advance plus transport expenses and the desired car will be delivered at your home address where you can test it for five days. If you are not satisfied, you can give it back and the money will be returned. Advertisements such as this one are always
fraudulent. Remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Also, it is pretty often a case that a seller claims that his car fulfills all of your expectations and, to prove that, he sends you a scanned image of his driver’s license or some other document. Never trust the scanned images of any documents for they can be easily forged. Ask the seller for the VIN/chassis number and perform a search to check the history of the vehicle before you carry on with the purchase. The car history will tell you about hidden problem of the vehicle – the previous mechanical issues, salvage history, if the vehicle is stolen, if the odometer was tempered with and so on. By performing this check, you will know that the vehicle meets your requests.
Whenever possible, bring your own mechanic with you to check the car. If not, inspect it yourself. For that reason it is better to pick out a car you’re already familiar with, of the same type or the same manufacturer as your previous vehicle.
One more thing – there’s no need to look for a car more than few hours’ drive away.
There are enough nice used cars in your own city, don’t go across the country to negotiate your purchase while all worn out. It will break the spirit of even the most enthusiastic car lovers.
Besides the private owners, some manufacturers, like Audi, BMW and Opel have their own web presentations where they sell used company cars. Also, there are specialized military used car presentations, where you can select and buy vehicles used by the army. Both of these two options are worth thinking about since you’ll get a car already tested and inspected by a mechanic at a price just slightly higher than the one you’d get from a dealer.
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