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Hey Mods, I’m hoping we can make this a sticky.

8 steps to protect yourself when selling a vehicle.

I have written this to help those that are trying to sell their vehicles. In this high gas price, downturned economy many people are turning to thievery to make ends meet or fix up their own vehicle. Here are some suggestions on ensuring you actually sell your investment instead of “giving” it away.

1. Watch out for “Nigerian” style of scams. Do not accept cashier’s checks (cheques) for anything over and above the amount you are selling the vehicle for. Do not fall for offers for someone to use their “agent” to purchase the vehicle and for gosh’s sake, use your common sense in the matter. Why the hell would someone from across the country or across the world want your run of the mill vehicle?

2. Do not ever meet a potential buyer at your home. Do not call or receive a call from the potential buyer on a listed number. Don’t leave any information in the vehicle to identify where it is stored. Do not take a photo of the vehicle outside of your house.

3. Always meet potential buyers away from your home. This helps keep thieves from knowing where your vehicle is kept at night. Many thieves scan craigslist auto trader etc. looking for vehicles that have parts they are looking for or vehicles they are under “orders” to find. Giving them an exact location of where the vehicle will sit overnight will be just like handing over the keys to them.

4. Always choose a secure meeting place, shopping malls, police stations; well trafficked gas stations with cameras are good too. A lot of people are held up for their vehicle in quiet parking lots and places where there are no witnesses.

5. When leaving from your meeting place after taking a deposit or turning down an offer, do not drive straight home. Take the long way and be warry of any vehicles following you. Again thieves want to know where the vehicle is stored so they can come and take it at night.

6. During the time you are selling the vehicle do what the dealers do, only leave enough fuel in the vehicle to allow for test drives. This limits the range a thief can drive your vehicle and creates witnesses when they have to stop for fuel.

7. When you park your vehicle for the night block/disable the vehicle. It’s easy to pull relays and/or ignition components, if you have the means a poor man’s boot may also be a good idea. That is basically a chain that wraps around the tire/spoke of the rear wheel and wraps around the diff of the vehicle. If you use this method, put it on the rear passenger side of the vehicle so it won’t be seen. Time and noise are the enemies of the thief; use them to your advantage.

8. Finally, when you agree upon a price with a buyer, accept only cash. Do not relinquish those keys until you have the cash paid in full. Cashier’s checks can be forged, money orders can be forged, and personal/business checks can be forged. Cash can also be, but it’s harder to make believable and easier to test. Take a powerful magnet with you. Yes a magnet. You see, on top of ID strips and watermarks, the ink the federal reserve uses has iron in it, therefore it will be attracted to a powerful magnet.

In conclusion, turn in that release of liability in immediately! If they take your former junk and ram it into a bus full of nuns and orphans you want to be absolved of all liability. Also make a copy of it and file it away, the DMV tends to lose stuff like that at the worst times.
 
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