Be Aware Of Used Car Buying Scams

If you’re currently in the market for a used car, you should be aware of the following used car buying scams. Odometer fraud isn’t possible with newer models of vehicle, but older models can still have their odometer turned back to display a significantly lower value. The only way to detect odometer fraud is through a vehicle history report.

VIN cloning can be done by those that steal vehicles, but it’s very rare. When purchasing a car, you may want to check to make sure that all the VIN numbers on the vehicle and the supporting documents match. Title washing can also be done on cars that were previously salvaged or junked. You may want to examine the title document carefully or have a mechanic look over the car.

Curbstoning may be done by some parties as well; this is the practice of an individual essentially running a car dealership on their own. This is a bad practice because many of them will sell cars that are not up to code. You should be wary of anyone who has multiple listings for different cars and is not a dealership.

Along with the purchase of your used car, you’ll also need to consider the cost of your auto insurance. Contact the Prutting Insurance Group in Scottsdale, Arizona, serving the greater Phoenix area.