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5 Signs that Your Used Car Seller is Dishonest

Buying a used, trouble-free car has much to do with carrying out proper research and using investigative expertise. As a buyer, you need to have proper skills and ability to spot the possible issues. You also need to be capable of seeing through the bluffs and dishonesty of the seller. Here are 5 tell-tale signs that you are probably dealing with a dishonest used car seller.

He squirms at the mention of a VIN inspection

If the seller is found to squirm at the mere mention of a VIN check, the car might be a lemon. With the help of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you can get valuable details about the maintenance and accident history of a particular vehicle, as well as information about its current liens, past owner history, ‘lemon’ status, airbag deployment, product recalls and more. Keep in mind that the VIN number can be generally found on the dashboard on the driver’s side, but occasionally these can also be seen in other areas such as beneath the spare tire, on the front of the engine block and inside the door on the driver’s side, on the door frame’s rear side.

He seems to be discouraging about an independent mechanic inspection

Do you find the seller being put off when you mention your eagerness to carry out an independent mechanic inspection? Chances are, the used vehicle that you are looking at has developed many problems. With inspection by an independent mechanic, it is possible to find out about what is under the car’s hood, whether it has suffered scratches or other severe damages due to an accident, flood damage etc. You would not like to take home a car that has suffered some serious damages.

He appears to be talking too much, too fast

This is a common ploy of dishonest sellers, private sellers as well as dealers, to prevent buyers from thinking much about the used cars they are seeing and forcing them to take a hasty decision about the car purchase. If he seems to be talking too fast, and not listening much to what you have to say, there is every bit of risk that he wants to bury your thoughts and force the purchase decision on you. If you suspect something fishy, walk away from the deal.

He shows you a recently painted car

It could well be that the car has been damaged severely in a vehicular mishap, and the paint job is a way to cover all the scratches, dents and bumps that the car has suffered during the accident. If the car looks like it has been newly painted, get a mechanic to inspect the car and give it a ‘clean chit’.

He refuses to share any useful information about the car

If he is reluctant to show you the maintenance records, and does not share with you information on the liens, title etc about the vehicle, you have reasons to be suspicious. The vehicle might be stolen as well.

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