While you have to remain vigilant when buying a used car, it’s just as easy to be caught out when selling one. The classic scenario is for a thief to pose as a buyer and simply drive off with your car at the first opportunity. That’s why you should never let them take a test drive alone and you shouldn’t leave the keys in the ignition.
However, a thief may just weigh up your security arrangements then come back later to steal your car. That’s why you must never leave any of the keys lying around and your house security needs to be pretty tight too. However, having your car stolen by a thief posing as a buyer is just one of your potential problems – there are plenty of other scams to be on the lookout for. In fact there are so many that we’ve dedicated a whole section to them.