At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we hate to see people get scammed when buying used vehicles. Protect yourself by watching out for these signs of a bad deal.
1. Seller Refuses Mechanic's Inspection
If the seller doesn't allow you to take the automobile to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a pre-purchase used car examination, they are probably hiding something.
2. Dealer Complaints
Online customer reviews are a great tool when researching any business, but they are especially critical for a big-ticket purchase.
3. Odd Transaction Terms
Escrow accounts, bank wire transfers, upfront deposits, overseas delivery, no face-to-face contact, the seller was unexpectedly called up for military deployment, claim of PayPal or eBay guarantee, etc.
Buying locally is safest.
4. Excessive Rust
Rust compromises the structural integrity of the frame. Replacing panels is costly and time-consuming.
5. Mismatched Paint
Car owners don't add mismatched paint for the fun of it. It is a result of a shoddy repair job.
6. Mildewy Smell
This could indicate flood damage.
7. Missing Service Records
If the seller can't provide maintenance records, move on.
8. Registration and Title Don't Match Up
This may be a sign of a cloned VIN.