Avoid Being Scammed by Online Car Buying
When you have bad credit, you get used to finding ways to get around that problem. If you are needing a new-to-you vehicle and you are sure your credit won’t be good enough, you might turn to other means of finding cheap used cars for sale that you could buy outright or make payments on. However, where you look for your next car could be a huge mistake.
Many people are trying to save money and get around bad credit by buying used cars outright on the internet. There are a lot of reasons that this is a bad idea. First, you have no guarantee that the person on the other side of the screen is who they say they are. You also have no guarantee that they actually have a car to sell. They could just be pulling in pictures from the internet.
Buying a car online is not a great idea in the first place because you can’t look over the car or get a buyer’s inspection before making a purchasing decision. Used cars all have their own caveats, and it is important that you are fully aware of any potential problems that the car might have; and, unfortunately, you can’t really just take their word for it.
Many people are caught up in car buying scams when they look for used cars on the internet. The “seller” may ask for a down payment before the car is delivered or picked up. Often the “seller” then disappears with the money, never delivering the car or giving a false pick up address.
The best way to avoid these scams is to avoid buying cars online. It is perfectly okay to shop around online for a good dealership or to get an idea of what you are looking for and what it will cost, but you don’t want to actually buy a car, sight unseen, on the internet.
If you have bad credit and you are desperate for a good used vehicle, there are other ways to get behind the wheel. We offer bad credit car loans to many people with varying credit histories. You should never assume that you can’t get a car on credit until you have talked with our financial department.