Selling your car online can be a quick and convenient way to make top shilling on your used vehicle but it can also attract scammers. Motorshop.co.ke has provided tips on how to stay safe while selling a car online.
• Exchanging emails and text messages about online ads is normal but it is important to speak with any potential buyers over the phone. Motorshop states, "Many scammers hide behind bogus email accounts that provide no information about their whereabouts. Let buyers to give you their mobile number and set up a time to chat; the swindlers will quickly disappear." Stay alert and listen to your gut. If something seems off, there's probably something wrong.
• Be careful accepting money. if it is a cheque payment, do your due diligence before accepting it. Motorshop advises buyers to ask for cash or arrange to meet the buyer at a bank where a teller can handle the payment or Wait for the actual funds to reflect in your account before releasing the car to the buyer.
•Many dealers are often anxious to sell the car without considering necessary precautions for the process. Remember, serious buyers will always have a lot of questions regarding the sale and will insist on having the car inspected.
•Motorshop recommends that sellers meet prospective buyers in a safe, public area with video surveillance. Always check the buyer's license and have someone accompany before letting them test drive your car.
•Finally, don't let your emotions take control. Scammers often try to pull at your heartstrings by posing as a person-in-need or a heroic veteran. Keep your cool and ask a lot of questions.