Car Buying Tips to Help You Avoid Scams


Buying a car can be stressful, but this doesn't have to be the case. With the right planning and proper approach, you can take the stress out of car buying. What is it, in fact, that causes some people to feel stressed out when they are looking to buy a car?

  1. People fear making a bad decision
  2. People are stressed out by bad advice
  3. Consumers worry about choosing the wrong car dealership
  4. People fear falling victim to a scam such as paying too much for the wrong kind of car, being stuck with a "lemon" or other similar concerns

The four of the reasons listed above all have a common core, which is the fear of being scammed or taking advantage of in some way. Most people are quite worried about looking foolish. However, where buying a car is concerned, there are some very easy steps you can take to avoid falling prey to a scam.

Let's look at some of the best ways you can avoid this from happening:

Tip #1: Work with a Reputable Car Dealership

The single best way you can avoid being scammed is to simply work with a reputable car dealership that is in good standing in the community. This step is so easy that it is simply essential! Check out our article "Learn How to Spot Great Car Dealerships" for advice on where to shop for your vehicle.

Tip #2: Realize that Buying a Car from a Private Party Adds Stress

Many people buy cars from private parties, but there is just no way around the fact that doing this comes with a degree of stress. When you opt to buy a used car from a private party, you might get a great deal, but you won't have the safety of dealing with a dealership that stands behind the sale. This is particularly scary if a car is out of warranty altogether! Plus, you won't be able to bring down the cost of the car by trading in your current vehicle.

Tip #3: Make Sure You Ask Enough Questions

A good car dealership doesn't mind if you ask some questions. After all, if you're happy, you'll come back! Asking questions is essential for making sure that you get a good deal and that you avoid being scammed no matter where or from whom you buy your next new or used car. Below are some questions you might want to ask before you sign on the dotted line.

  • Can I see the CarProof report?
  • How did you obtain the car?
  • Is it possible to return the car if I don't like it?
  • Can the price be reduced if I pay cash?
  • What kind of maintenance has the car had?
  • Can I see the service records?
  • Can I take a test drive?

In short, a little bit of respectful caution can actually go a surprisingly long way.

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