When you’re looking to buy a used car, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement. When this happens, you run the risk of losing sight of what you need to be looking for in the process, and you can wind up falling victim to unethical salesmanship. We have seen dealerships use all kinds of different tactics to rip off customers in the name of the almighty dollar. The Motovise team has seen every shady trick in the book, so we want to make our customers aware of things to look out for when they are looking to purchase a vehicle.
Changing the Odometer
It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book – some dealerships will alter the odometer to make a car look more appealing. Car sale associates know that vehicles with lower mileage are going to bring in better revenue, so they will sometimes roll back a used car to make it appear to be newer, especially if they are desperate to get it off the lot. Always make sure that you ask for a history report on your vehicle, as that will tell the true story of your car’s mileage.
Failing to Provide a History Report
Some dealerships will be hesitant to give you a history report, and may even refuse to provide you with one at all. Dealerships who are looking to get a car off their lot that has a troubling history may be looking to hide this history to make it more appealing. If you can’t get a look at the history of the vehicle, this should set off a major red flag, and you should think twice about making a purchase on the car in question.
Refusing to Allow Outside Inspections
We know all too well the importance of having your car inspected before making a purchase. Every dealership should let you have this option, and if they don’t, steer clear. Similar to withholding history reports, refusing a third-party inspection is eyebrow-raising and implies that there may be a defect with the car that they don’t want you to know about until after you’ve given them your money.
When you’re buying your vehicle, make sure that you contact Motovise for a quality inspection, so you know that you’re getting a great car at the right price, and avoid getting ripped off by shady dealerships.