RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The stress of buying a new car in person at dealerships has pushed more people to purchase cars online. However, if you’re not careful, you may also open the door for scammers who are trying to get a free ride into your bank account.

The Better Business Bureau has provided a list of initial steps to help you in your car-buying process:

  • Set a budget: If you plan on looking for a car online, the BBB said it is important to establish a budget that factor in monthly expenses; including insurance payments, fuel, parking, etc. The defined budget helps negotiations with potential dealers and getting loans.
  • Do your research: BBB recommends understanding what your needs are before searching for a vehicle. Do you have a big family? Do you spend a lot of time on the road and need a car with decent…

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