How to spot scams cars, and some tips to buy
In my usual walk around sites used cars to see how a market that, in my opinion, has been a bubble for many years and remains in many types of cars evolves, I have found a suspicious proliferation of "offers".
It is always about cars to a quarter of its price, usually with mobile phones and contact people with unusual names in Spain. The photographs are real, but often note They are drawn in another European country, or at least pretty architecture collides with what we know here.
Well, what happens when we contacted one of these gentlemen?
Making the Swedes to sell us the bike
My choice was a Ford Focus ST 2007 for 2,800 euros. It just takes a little knowledge of the market, or just a little logic (buy the average asking price for a car like that) and see which is about three or four times less. So, with a false email (as false as that of the person I wrote), I asked for the car, and this was his response:
The bike is almost new, as you can see in fotos.Yo'm from England and have lived in Espana.Ahora I want to sell because it's not worth writing in Inglaterra.Si the interesa..lo you can make tall way I I come with the bike in your city and go with her to a workshop and traffic to see that all is well and then I pay in metalico.No want any money upfront but want to be sure that you have the real money and I have to grab my days off work just as well by words internet.Tengo bad experiences to come in Spain only asi..por palabras.Si interesa..dime you and I'll explain how we can do it.
The gentleman who answered me have the dignity of notice me in the first sentence that I must suspect, answering me on a bike when I asked about a car. Needless to see how they would respond history, an initial deposit and a man who never appear.
Some tips to find used car online
Although spot a scam is very easy, it is not difficult to fall into certain legal but unethical practices. For example, some dealers put car hook with a very good price (though not as exaggerated as this). When you call it that that car has already been sold but they have one very similar. Yes, a little more expensive. That is probably the first car has never been for sale at that price, but they have already gotten to know that we are interested in a particular model.
On the other hand we find prices under my criteria excessively high for the car from which it comes. More than once I've talked to people who claim that their car is "worth" a certain amount, based on that used car sites offer them for that price. My answer is simple: one thing is what its owner by him, and nothing but it could actually sell for that price.
Nobody prevents the owner of an Opel Astra with 10-year-old asking 9,000 euros for him, just as no one prevents me ask 500 euros for strawberry gum. But besides wasting our time when we are looking car, not going to get anything.
Finally I recommend who buy a secondhand car that takes account how demand It influences the price of a much greater way than a new car. What do you look for everyone? A small car, diesel, not too old and well maintained. Well, my advice is that this is precisely what should not buy second-hand, having so much demand because the price is inflated. In addition, people often do not get rid of those cars.
By cons, if they get rid of "fancy car", sports, SUV, etc. And the demand for such cars is less, so there we can find good prices, cars depreciate much more.