Today more than ever, it is easy to purchase almost anything online. That is true even when it comes to purchasing a car. At Vestal Buick GMC we have also made online car purchases available to our customers with Shop, Click and Drive. That being said, there are a few things you might want to beware of when purchasing a car online?
It is pretty amazing to me that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDOT) reports that 25 percent of all vehicles purchased are purchased online. Not sure if that is the case in North Carolina. Since Florida reports selling so many cars online I thought they would be the experts on what to look out for.
The first thing on their list is a rolled back odometer. Some have tried to get away with rolling back the car odometer to get a higher price for a high mileage car. There was recently a large sting operation around Atlanta Georgia where several unscrupulous car dealers tried to get away with rolling back the odometer. It has cost them big. Not only do they receive heavy sentences for doing this, they also face jail time and a tarnished reputation that they may not be able to repair. What a price for trying to steal a few extra bucks from their customers.
That is why we use CARFAX on all our cars to make sure you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase one of our cars. CARFAX provides all the history of the car you purchase to make sure of the correct odometer reading and to check the vehicle for any major accidents it may have been involved in.
Other defects that the FDOT says to be on the look out for are flood damage. Could be huge in light of all the recent flooding we have had in the U.S. recently. We do are thorough inspection before the car is purchased and after the car is purchased. You may want to take the car you are thinking about buying to an authorized mechanic to have the car thoroughly inspected. While this may cost you a little bit up front it can save you large sums of money and save you from a lot of stressed.
As always when buying a new or used car do your homework. Online surveys are showing that this is exactly what consumers are doing. It is smart move. The more you know the better position you are in to get the best vehicle without all the headaches of buying a car that is in poor condition.
Take care when buying a car via the Internet | Ocala.com
Take care when buying a car via the Internet | Ocala.com The FDOT reports 25 percent of all vehicles purchased today are through Internet based transactions. Vehicles found on line could have hidden issues and defects, for example, a rolled back odometer, flood damage or defective air bags, the FDHSMV website indicates. Perspective buyers can plug in any vehicle identification number and search for information on outstanding liens, any flood damage or status as salvage.
For remote purchases there are “third party” car evaluation services like the “Lemon Squad” which according to the company’s website, www.lemonsquad.com, will provide an in-depth analysis of the car to the perspective buyer. Several levels of inspection are available including the “expert” for $139.99 which includes 25 pictures and a road test.