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How to avoid being scammed while buying a car on Craigslist 

Everybody and their mothers know that Craigslist is either a great place to find gently used items, or a cesspool full of people who are lurking in wait to cause mayhem. Buying a car off of Craigslist, or any other online site that doesn’t belong to a dealership can be a gamble. If you choose to use a user-submitted marketplace site, there are some things that you can do to avoid getting scammed.  

When you go to look at a car from Craigslist, it’s dangerous to go alone. Taking a friend along could stop someone from robbing you or doing some other sort of damage. They can also provide a second pair of eyes to help you determine if the vehicle you’re looking at has any issues. You should also meet the seller in a well-lit, public place. It is safer, and can also help you ensure that the vehicle is in good condition.  

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How to tell if you’re being scammed 

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Scammers are great at working the system and are able to use that against you. However, you should trust your gut and if the situation feels wrong, it probably is. If they won’t answer a reasonable question about the vehicle, like a question about its maintenance history, or even why they’re selling the car, you may want to find a different seller.  

You may think that buying a car from a site like Craigslist will be easier or cheaper, but this is rarely the case. You’ll have to put in more effort to find a time and a place that work for both parties for a test drive, and even then, you may not like the vehicle you’re looking at, leaving you both having wasted an afternoon.  

A dealership like OkCarz has plenty of vehicle options at various price points, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find a vehicle that fits you. There are also five convenient OkCarz dealerships in Florida, so it is easy and safe to visit one to find the perfect car. OkCarz is an excellent choice to help you find and finance your new vehicle.

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