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It is important to remember is that you can easily find a reliable used car with the proper resources and support system. On the other hand, it would be easy to throw your money away. The used car market is viewed as one of the most corrupt businesses because of a handful of dishonest people involved in the trade. Unfortunately it is just the way it is. You can protect yourself with the proper help. The first thing to remember is never believe what a person selling a car tells you! Even if you believe they are telling the truth, just assume they are not. Many dealerships are reputable but how do you know which ones they are? If you are buying from a friend and want to keep the friendship, just make sure you have a third party evaluation. If you decide to buy a used car, use extreme caution because the sour deals are definitely out there. The eLomonators can help you make important decisions before you actually even look at the car. We will gladly help along the way answering your questions or providing you with the tools for the job.  Before you actually contract our services we want you to know that your questions are welcome. We hope that we can help you find the right car without multiple inspections. Use the tools on this website (with more tools on the way) to assist you in your preliminary venture. Please feel free to call if you have any questions along the way.


   How do I know if I am being scammed?

    If you think the price of the car is too good to be true, you can do a few things to
   help sort out why.  
Look at the car listing again. Are the pictures large and of high quality?  Private sellers rarely spend the time to figure out how to do this. This is most likely a Curb-stoner which is a person selling cars illegally, a reconstructed car, or a dealer posing as a private seller. Does the phone number in the AD look like this? (5-O-3-5-5-5-1-1-1-1) or (5O35551111) or ( or (5o3 555 o1o1) where the 0s are actually letters or any other strange way to list a phone # like  (503_555_1111)? This is done so that if you copy and paste the number from the AD, it won’t find the number in a Google search (always google the phone number) so it won’t show how many other cars they have for sale. I have noticed this trick by scammers for over a decade. This is information I want to pass on to you so that it is easier for you to spot a scam. It would be best if you can determine this before you pay us to look at it. You will always be advised of this and other scams if you call us.

Does the seller want to meet you at a place other than where the car resides?

If the seller wants to meet you somewhere other than his home or office, BE CAREFUL! This could be a curb-stoner or worse. Some people would rather not get scammed themselves so they do not want you to know where they live. Understandable BUT, it is most likely they do not want to let you know how to track them down if there is a problem with the car, the title or whatever. It may also be that they want to warm up the car so it does not display cold car problems such as transmission or tail pipe smoke issues.

In addition, some dealers want to meet you at a parking somewhere because it is against the law to sell cars from their home. They advertise as dealers but they do not want their neighbors to complain to the city. By law, an Oregon dealer must have a showroom or lot so that customers can view the car but car lot leases are expensive. They can save money by meeting you somewhere but this is in itself a scam. They are not above board and should be reported. Some dealers even pose as car inspectors to gain a larger clientele base. They will not let you know they are a dealer until  they think you might want one of their cars. Remember that dealers involved in used car inspections have ulterior motives and are not able to give you an unbiased report because they would rather sell you a car. 

Always ask a private car seller if they are a dealer. If they tell you they are a dealer but insist that it is their own car they are selling as a private seller, they are not likely telling you the truth. This activity is shady business. Walk away from these deals.
    Are they admitting that the car was in an accident but are downplaying the damage?
    Are they telling you that only a fender or door was replaced?
    This could be an indication that the car was totaled or reconstructed. It 
    would be hard to sell a car if people understood that it had sustained 
    major damage so sellers will always downplay the extent of the damage. If the 
    car was totaled, it either sustained major structural damage, was in a flood or is a
    theft  recovery. Another reason would be if the car is so old that it had little or no
    value when it was damaged. It is best to stay away from these cars all together. 
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