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How To Be a Safe Buyer
September 13th, 2006 @ 9:45pm

There are a number of things you can and should do to ensure you don't get taken advantage of when buying and selling items on

  • Always be vigilant for scams (especially those claiming to be from or originating overseas)
  • Always ask for paperwork (i.e. registration, warranty info, title, etc.) to verify the seller's claims
  • Always verify the item's condition before payment
  • Have an expert examine the item before you buy
  • Always print a copy of the classified ad for your records
  • Make sure the terms of the sale are clear
  • Create a simple contract and accompany the seller to notarize and validate the transaction
  • Meet the seller in person in an open and public location
  • Be cautious of anyone who refuses to communicate on the telephone
  • When buying a vehicle, have the seller accompany you with the title to the DMV (if they flag)
  • Call the DMV and ask the agent if the seller owns the car and is able to sell it (800-DMV-Utah)
  • Be honest about your expectations

Most importantly, if something seems out of the ordinary or inconsistent - take precautions to protect yourself.

For more information on how to protect against fraud, click here.

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