buying a used car for the first time

inkan

a scofflaw bends the truth selling me a used car, he keeps the money and luckily the car is running okay

scotty,

i'd like to tell you how buying a used car for the first time went for me

the man who sold me the car was a scofflaw, he was the ex manager of a used car shop that bought totaled cars and would repair them to sell, here is a link to his charges : 

of course i did not know this when buying the car, only when i was test driving the vehicle and he was in the passenger seat and i let go of the steering wheel for it to veer left did he mention " oh it's been in an accident, it was nothing really i was going 35mph and hit a deer "

the whole time he played off that it was his own car since he bought it new and that the accident was very minor, and if you check the original ad ( here's a link to an album i made of the original ad :
), the ad states the car is " clean "

only after signing the title and trying to register the car at motor vehicles did i realize something was amiss, after i bought a carfax and saw that the car was totaled and that it now stated it had 200,000k miles instead of the 58,000k the seller was advertising .. still not sure if there was an engine swap or something

i rushed back to his house to get my money back but he said he spent it already. somehow he got the title to state one owner, don't know how. he also folded the title perfectly over where the it states the car's condition as "SALVAGE/REBUILT "

the man was a professional criminal and i just happened to be one of his victims. he was almost hypnotic and i got unlucky

what i learned from this encounter was to take more time buying a used car, to be very wary of car's being advertised without a license plate, and that craigslist and facebook marketplaces are full of dealers, ex dealers, and wannabe dealers

luckily the car has been doing pretty well, i haven't had a problem with it since i've been using it for about four months, and i was even doing some pizza delivery with the car

thank you for your informative videos and with regards,

jason dafonte

edit: i seem to have accidentally deleted the photo of where the craigslist ad states " clean " at the bottom, but i assure you it did

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Christopher Ryan
Christopher Ryan

That is so terrible to hear! I purchased my 2010 Subaru Legacy and I have heard so many of these stories, which is why I took a mechanic with me. I figured offering a retired mechanic 50-100 bucks and lunch in order to have a secure and good buy of a vehicle is better than taking the gamble, plus they know a lot about the scams and its always good to have an extra set of eyes. And if you did have the money it would be super good to go after him in court because it would make you some money back and you might even get to keep the car. Hopefully it runs well for you in the future, best of luck :)

Vladchan
Vladchan

There are extra spaces between the word SAFETY and a comma. Probably the B pillar got hit they pulled it out or cut it, put new label when done.

inkan
inkan

captain hindsight ?

i don't see any spelling mistakes

Vladchan
Vladchan

Also I wonder if Honda really puts labels with spelling mistakes on their cars...

Vladchan
Vladchan

Well you should have bought the carfax before not after. Also learn to watch for interior wear if it matches the odometer and watch for signs of body work

inkan
inkan

he already owes the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, yep i got unlucky but as a young man it will be a lesson i won't forget until i die !

Believe231
Believe231

Live and learn I suppose.

Believe231
Believe231

It's sad that happened to you, but see if there's a county or state office you can contact to see if they can help and they may then go after him, but you may not see any $ most likely unless you take him to small claims court, but you never know, he may have stayed within the letter of the law selling it if it can't be proved he turned the odometer back (which no one could prove unless they witnessed it). Then there's the issue of actually getting the $ from him even if you won a small claims case, as you then still may never see a dime of it.

inkan
inkan

i think the problem is he would avoid court ! and i don't have money and all that time ..

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

he did break the law by saying mileage was less, you can sue him for fraud and win in court, realize that. Triple damage plus you get to keep the car in most states

inkan
inkan
inkan
inkan

another lesson was that many people selling a car do lower the miles !

inkan
inkan

updated album showing the ad stating the title is " clean " and the backseats which worried me that the car might have more miles than what was stated