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OMVIC Blog: Car Buying Tips

5 Signs you may be Dealing with a Scam Artist

Mar 1

Written by: OMVIC Communications
Friday, March 1, 2019  RssIcon

March marks the beginning of Fraud Prevention Month, an undeniably important campaign designed to help Canadians recognize, report and reject scams. While it’s great to raise awareness every March, OMVIC recommends this practice all year long, especially if you are planning on buying a car online.

To help you recognize some of the telltale signs of online scams that target Ontario car buyers, we have created an infographic.

FIVE Signs


 

It’s not enough to raise red flags, however, you need to know what to do to protect yourself.
To avoid becoming a victim, consider the following:

  • Beware of vehicles that cannot be viewed or inspected prior to purchase.
  • Check with state or provincial regulators/authorities to ensure a dealer is legitimate and properly licensed.
  • Don’t wire money or provide a credit card number without first doing all homework.
  • Beware of sellers who want to close the deal as quickly as possible. Take the time to think the purchase through, ask questions and consult with a professional.
  • Purchase a vehicle history report for the vehicle—don’t simply rely on a report provided by the seller, it can be altered.
  • Travel to see a vehicle located remotely—don’t rely on pictures or a convincing website. If a buyer can’t travel to see the vehicle, hire an appraiser or mechanic to inspect the vehicle. He/she can ensure the vehicle actually exists and the seller is who they claim to be.
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