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Internet vehicle fraud got it’s start on eBay Motors many years ago, and since has spread to other auto sales websites, and even classified ads.
With today’s modern technology, eBay very well could put a stop to their shoppers getting defrauded. Here is an example of how clever and dangerous these scammers are: eBay Top Rated Power Seller getting shafted out of $8500 on a very recent eBay Motors Scam.
I wrote this article “Doc’s Internet Car Buying Tips” by a retired auto dealer as a guide to buying an Internet vehicle. I suggest you take the time to read it, the ASS you save might just be your own!
The Internet is literally infested with Scammers who will steal your money in a flash! It’s what they do and they are pros at it. The biggest of all targets was eBay Motors Vehicle Purchase Protection (VPP.) For years fraudsters have been stealing money from gullible vehicle buyers that fell for a too good to be true price.
These scams are also being ran under Amazon Vehicle Purchase Protection Program, and even Google VPP Checkout, among others.
If the price seems too cheap – stop and ask yourself – is this a scam listing?
If you Swallow the Sucker Bait ~ Your Money Will Be GONE In A NY Minute!
It’s very important that any prospective Internet auto buyers be aware what can go wrong on a long distance deal, and how to avoid it.
Then there are plenty of dishonest sellers who will lye their butt off to sell a problem vehicle. Once again it’s usually a seemingly unrealistic low price on a vehicle, or an older car that has undisclosed mechanical problems. If you can’t or won’t do your homework first, and either inspect the vehicle in person or hire an independent inspector to do it for you, you might not be pleased with what you receive.
Car Business is not a trade you learn in College or any other Business School. Professionally trading automobiles is a self taught business, usually learned by attending dealer auctions and studying the used car market. A good dealer knows cars and all aspects of them. And an experienced dealer can look a car over and drive it and quickly evaluate and find any faults with it.
eBay Inc has ran most of their good honest dealers off the site. Including me with 38 years experience in the car business, because they didn’t like this website. There is nothing like eBay Inc shooting the messenger!
When you try to run an Automobile for sale business such as eBay Motors with no real experience in the Car Business Itself the result is laughable. Especially when deals are closed on the website itself, and the website owner collects a FEE for the transaction that was consummated online.
It’s was all about Honor TRUST and Community that made a great Internet Vehicle Transaction work. Unfortunately that’s pretty much history now, as all the scams and buyer and seller fraud have taken it’s toll on eBay Motors that was once a very trusted and successful automotive trading venue.
The examples you see on this website are mostly the result of eBay Corporate Greed.
eBay Inc could care less about you or their own community. If you fall victim to a scam on their website, they will deny it was ever there and do nothing to help you. That’s why it’s so important to Inspect the Vehicle before sending any money!
Meg Whitman was only interested in sweeping the fraud and scams under the rug while literally strip mining the community and fattening up her portfolio.
When and IF eBay finds a scam listing on their website they will remove all traces of it. So if you are Redirected OFF Of eBay Motors to a Scammer controlled website and fall for the scam, you can kiss your money goodbye!
So be an educated internet vehicle buyer and don’t fall for a deal that’s too good to be true! You know the old saying.. If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is!
Keep your money in the bank until you can either personally inspect a vehicle, or have a 3rd party inspector do it for you. And most important, be sure to inspect the title and supporting documentation to be sure you can register that vehicle in your state.
And if you have a car to sell. Before giving the eBay don here your $$, read my article about how to protect yourself from eBay deadbeat and sport bidders, among other other things.
That eBay cash register goes “Caching” whenever a deadbeat bidder wins an auction – or clicks a buy now listing. On average that FREE Listing will cost you $125 per deadbeat if you don’t protect yourself.
And learn how to protect your selling identity without revealing your phone number or email address, and your personal identity from the hoard of Internet bots that troll the net looking for contact and other info in website pages.
Thanks for visiting this website. I hope it has helped you understand how to spot an Internet car scam. And as always, your comments are encouraged.
Doc, System Administrator.