You contact a private seller that advertised a used car in
the newspaper. The seller asks you to meet him/her in a
vacant lot or along a street, where the car is parked. You
are asked to pay in cash, and the title of the vehicle is
not in the seller's name.
HOW CAN CONSUMERS PROTECT
If a seller asks you to pick the car up in a vacant lot or
along the side of a street-curb, beware. These 'curbstoners'
often operate by buying used cars and then reselling them at
Do not purchase any vehicle with a title that isn't in the
name of the seller. These sellers do not comply with state
or federal laws, and you have no consumer protection in your
purchases. Insist on seeing the title to the vehicle to make
sure there are no liens on the vehicle, and make sure to
confirm that the name on the title matches the name on the
seller's driver's license.
Conduct a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) search with
the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to check the mileage
on the car. Curbstoners often roll back the odometer to
raise the price on the vehicle. Pay attention to other signs
that the vehicle may be marked up.
Never agree to purchase any vehicle that you have not
first seen in person. Internet sellers can easily defraud a
buyer for partial or full payment of a car that is
misrepresented or does not exist.
Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions about the
mileage on the car, the amount of time they've owned the
vehicle, why they're selling the car or how the car
operates. Consider using one of the popular web based
services (such as carfax.com) to check on the service and
repair history of a vehicle, and make sure you trust your
instincts about the seller.
HOW TO REPORT IF
YOU'VE BEEN A VICTIM
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles: If you
feel the dealer has given you fraudulent information
regarding your used car, file a complaint with the Ohio BMV
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 16784
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6784
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