Tips to avoid scams

At carcatalogue.com.au, we do our best to help you sell or buy a car quickly, easily and as trouble free as possible. We are also making a great deal of effort to prevent fraud and we are looking out for your safety as you go through the process.

That is why, we have compiled some tips to guide you so as to avoid fraud. Please read these tips as awareness is the best defence against fraud.

Tips for car sellers:

Tips for your personal safety:

■ Get prospective buyer details such as full name, address, phone number, driving license number upon initial communication.

■ It is best to meet in a public place like a shopping centre’s car park.

■ If at all possible, bring a family member or friend along.

■ Keep your cell phone with you.

■ Choose a logical route for the test drive that does not have a lot of traffic and also does not venture into secluded areas.

■ It is recommended to accompany the buyer during the test drive.

Tips to avoid scams:

■ The most common car buying fraud involves an interested buyer willing to purchase a vehicle without seeing it. Be wary of buyers located overseas or unwilling to meet you face to face.

■ Be wary of buyers asking you to provide online account or financial details.

■ Be wary of buyers who are offering more than the asking price.

■ Avoid buyers who are asking you to pay for the shipping, customs, agent or other charges.

■ Do not accept payment plans.

■ Do not accept bank cheques. If unavoidable, it is best to go to the buyer’s bank and complete the final transaction there.

■ Secure full payment before signing over the title.

Tips for car buyers:

Tips for your personal safety:

■ Get prospective seller details such as full name, address, phone number upon initial communication.

■ It is best to meet in a public place like a shopping centre’s car park.

■ If at all possible, bring a family member or friend along.

■ Keep your cell phone with you.

■ Choose a logical route for the test drive that does not have a lot of traffic and also does not venture into secluded areas.

Tips to avoid scams:

■ Do not rush into deals that seem too good to be true as they usually are.

■ Be wary of buying a vehicle without seeing it or the seller is overseas.

■ Take your time to verify the seller and vehicle's details. Vehicle’s history check is recommended.

■ Avoid dealing with the seller who asks for payment via wire transfer.

■ Never send your personal, online account or financial details via email.

■ It is a good practice to discuss the deal with someone who you trust. May be there are some gray areas in the deal you are not familiar with.

Some facts about carcatalogue.com.au

We are not car dealers: We do not own, buy or sell vehicles listed on our site. carcatalogue.com.au is an online vehicle listing service/interface that connects car buyers with car sellers. Any listing information about a particular car comes directly from the seller, not us. Any email that implies carcatalogue.com.au is selling or buying a vehicle, is a scam. Please report it to us and to local law enforcement.

We do not get involved in transactions between buyers and sellers: Any email that appears to come from carcatalogue.com.au (e.g. by displaying our business name or logo) and urges you to complete the sale or purchase of a car listed on our site, is a scam. Please report it to us and to local law enforcement.

We do not guarantee or endorse transactions: Any email that appears to come from carcatalogue.com.au (e.g. by displaying our business name or logo) and claims that the security of a transaction is guaranteed by carcatalogue.com.au, is a scam. Please report it to us and to local law enforcement.

We do not have preferred or pre-approved buyers or sellers: If you receive an email that claims we have verified information about a particular buyer, seller or listing. We will never encourage you to buy any particular vehicle listed on carcatalogue.com.au or to sell your vehicle to any particular buyer. Such emails are scams. Please report it to us and to local law enforcement.

We do not ask you about your account password or financial information via email: We will never ask you via email to provide us your account password, financial details like bank account number, credit card number or PayPal info etc. Such emails are scams. Please report it to us and to local law enforcement.

 

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