Car buying scams exposed – Part 2

Private buying scams

Buying a car privately can be tricky. There are bargains to be had, and the best advice is to be careful and thorough when checking out a used car.

Premium rate numbers: This is a simple but costly scam. Sellers will put adverts for cars in magazines and online for cheap prices with a contact number. When buyers try to call the number, it charges them premium rates and could cost up to £50.

DepositsWire transfer scams: Again a simple scam is the act of asking for a deposit to ensure ‘a quick sale’ at a low price. The seller will simply disappear with the deposit once it is handed over.

This can be avoided by the buyer never handing over any money without first seeing the car before signing a contract or actually driving away in it.

Avoiding a scam

It is also advisable to remember the old but true cliché: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Always check a car has full documentation before buying. A HPI check can tell you whether it is stolen or has outstanding finance, and it’s always useful if you can find a mechanic to check for signs of repairs and generally check the health of a car.

If you’re buying privately, never hand over any money in advance. Always meet the seller at a home address instead of a neutral location such as a motorway service station.

If there is a problem with the car, it would be wise to have the sellers details, so always ask for id when buying a car, preferably their insurance policy.

Use a reputable dealer

Buying a new or used car is one of the biggest purchases anyone can make. So it stands to reason there is a huge industry around buying and selling cars, particularly used cars.

As part of the Perrys promise, all used cars bought through a Perrys dealership are extensively checked for safety, outstanding finance or adverse history and mileage.