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Tag Archives: used car fraud

Aug
04

Used vehicle fraud is a common thing for some auto dealers and private sellers. There are hundreds and thousands of vehicles in the market that are either flood damaged or salvaged or just not worth driving. Unfortunately, people unknowingly purchase such vehicles either from private sellers or from automobile dealerships. Actually, there are different types of used vehicle fraud; the most common ones are the following: Odometer Rollback Odometer rollback is the process of tampering with an odometer so that it shows less mileage than it actually has. Even if the used vehicle is equipped with the newest digital odometer, it may undergo odometer fraud. Fraudsters may use a …



Mar
12

Do you want to know what number one dealer fraud type is? You are not mistaken if you are thinking about odometer fraud or odometer rollback. This is a huge process that not only involves tampering with the odometer, but also arranging false documents in such a way as to convince the potential car buyer that the vehicle has either less mileage as compared with the reality, or no mileage at all. Very often, demo cars or leased cars undergo this kind of fraud for the dealers to be able to sell them under the name of quite new vehicles. The old mechanical odometer was very easy to roll …



Aug
06

Car cloning or VIN cloning (Vehicle Identification Number cloning) is a relatively new concept for many of us. Car cloning is one of the newest scams occurring when the VIN of a stolen vehicle is replaced by the VIN of a legally registered one. Each VIN is unique that’s why the stolen car becomes the clone of the original one. Then the stolen car is sold to an unsuspecting car buyer. There are various sources from which the thieves get the original VINs; they are Internet, parked cars, different dealerships. These VINs help the car cloners alter ownership documents hiding the stolen car’s identity. VIN cloning may be practiced …



Aug
16

If you are buying a used car then the first thing you should consider is a vehicle history report. What is a vehicle history report? Vehicle history report is a document which provides you the whole information you need about car’s history. This enables you to take a close look at the car’s past performances and consider its usability for the future. Why is vehicle history report important? Purchasing a car requires a good deal of budget, so you should make sure that the car is worth the money paid. Vehicle history report reduces the risk of becoming a car dealer fraud victim. While looking through used car history, pay an …



Jun
28

Let’s be realistic: it’s impossible to  buy a car once and for all. No car will serve you a lifetime, however, you can choose a car which will best fit your lifestyle and serve you as long as possible. Before getting to the car market, you should be armed with relevant information. The tips below will help you make the right choice. 1. The Budget is What You should Plan Upfront When you face a double dilemma of buying a new/used car or new model/old model, the first thing you should consider is the budget. Of course, used cars are cheaper, but one cannot be 100% sure they will …



Jun
08

A car purchase is rather a responsible and time-consuming process. Not only should you think upon and choose which model fits your lifestyle best, but also you should be informed and beware of auto frauds. Auto scams can spoil the whole pleasure of your car purchase: nobody likes to be defrauded, especially when money is involved. So being informed about the most common car dealer frauds will save you both money and nerves. Scam1. Advertised Price Increase According to the law a dealer is entitled to sell a vehicle only for the advertised price, i.e. price that has been mentioned in the window stickers or media ads. Sometimes dealers …



May
11

Choosing the right car can be quite an intimidating process. Perhaps, the hardest dilemma you may face is what to pick up out of the two options: to buy an old car at less price or a completely new car paying more money for it. Here are some pros and cons which may be helpful while making your final decision. A Used Car: Why and How to Buy 1.    Buying a used car can save a lot of money.  This is the most forcible argument for those who have a tight budget. 2.    If you want to purchase a used car you should always consider the risk factor: the …



Nov
19

Used car fraud becomes more and more prevalent. Vehicle cloning is one of those wide-spread scams. Here is how it works. Thieves steal a car, usually a high-end “desirable” car or SUV. Then they take the vehicle identification number or VIN from a similar car and slap it on the stolen car. Because each VIN is unique like a fingerprint, the stolen vehicle becomes a clone of a legitimate vehicle. Add some fake papers, and the thieves are ready to sell you a vehicle that looks perfectly legal. When the police come knocking on your door, you have no legal recourse – you have to hand over the stolen …



Mar
09

The most common types of used car fraud are the following: Rolling back the odometer. Not disclosing that the car is a “lemon buyback” that the original owner returned for a refund. Not disclosing that the vehicle has a “salvage title.” Not disclosing that the vehicle used to be a rental, a demonstrator or was previously sold and  returned. Quoting a lower price than the one on the contract, or charging you for features you were told  were free. Contracts that are incorrectly dated, forged or not provided to you. Victims of used car fraud should go to the dealer first to ask for a refund or exchange (or …



Mar
09

When buying a used car some legal rights arise in California.You are allowed to bring a lemon law claim even if the vehicle is fairly new and its original manufacturer’s warranty may still apply and will allow you to bring a lemon law claim. If the vehicle came with a dealer’s warranty, you can also bring a claim that the warranty has been violated. If the vehicle came with no warranty, that is, if it was sold “as is”or with a service contract, you may still be able to bring a claim for used car fraud. Used car fraud is forbidden by the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, which …



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