Used cars: good anti-scam plans
Identify the right price, have the coveted vehicle appraised, secure payment: new services facilitate transactions between individuals.
Fabien had done everything within the rules to sell his eight-year-old Peugeot 308.Rigorous technical control, well-kept maintenance book, servicing at the dealership.So well that he was able to quickly find a buyer after posting his advertisement on Leboncoin.The story could have ended there.But a few weeks later, the buyer called him back, deploring a bizarre noise diagnosed by his mechanic.half of the costs - a repair estimated according to his words at 1,500 euros - otherwise he would initiate a procedure for a hidden defect.It was actually a pure bluff, which Fabien fortunately did not give in., it seems fairly classic, shows that it is not just buyers who should be on their guard when selling a used vehicle.Specialized in securing online payments, Obvy recently estimated that more than 15% of French people have already been victims of a scam ue when buying a car.
Let's be fair, the vast majority of transactions go smoothly, so much so that this market continues to grow.In 2019, 5.79 million used cars were sold in France compared to 2.21 million.new, according to the firm AAA Data.And 2020 is not shaping up to be a bad vintage.As soon as the first confinement ended, sales restarted on the hats of the wheel with nearly 635,000 transactions recorded in July."An absolute record" According to the AutoScout24 ad site, it is person-to-person sales that still predominate (61% of the market in 2019 according to AAA Data), and therefore inevitably attract the greed of scammers.
Posted Date: 2021-03-31