The ability to purchase goods and services over the Internet has permanently changed how industries conduct business, especially after the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people look to shy away from in-person transactions, doing business online removes much of the stress associated with in-person purchases of expensive items, such as automobiles.
Katie Galan with the Better Business Bureau says, there are benefits to purchasing a car online but buyers need to beware.
“Interacting with an online marketplace does come with inherent risks, especially when dealing with a private seller. The BBB Scam Tracker receives multiple reports of misrepresentation or fraudulent car purchasing scams every year.”
Galan says one customer found out the hard way how scammers work, “After contacting a seller for a classic car online, one Texas resident reported that the seller was on an oil rig in the Gulf and could buy the car through a shipping…