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Car deal too good to be true? It's probably a scam
This Nissan 360Z looks pretty darned good, and it probably is. The rule of thumb, though, is to be careful — it's easy to get burned. (Photo: Cardinale Nissan/Flickr)
1966 AC Cobra, recently rebuilt matching-numbers 260 V-8, excellent original condition, new tires. Too many cars! $10,000.
- Check the vehicle history reports to make sure that the car wasn’t in an accident or had its odometer tampered with.
- Call the dealer and make sure the advertised price is not a down payment or monthly amount.
- Go to the dealership and check the car out yourself, and verify that the VIN on the listing sheet is the same as the one on the car.
- Ask about an inspection by your own independent mechanic. If that’s discouraged, it’s unlikely to be a legitimate deal.
- Be prepared to walk away if the whole thing doesn’t smell right. Never want any one car too much!
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