Avoiding vehicle scams

We certainly do our best to keep the site clean because safety remains our number one concern.  But as losses can be very costly in this section, we highly encourage users to exercise caution when making a purchase of any kind of vehicle.

For your safety, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle on Adjeem:

•    search and check, is the price out of line compared to other similar models on the market?

•    Be cautious of scammers who falsely claim that they will put the seller of a vehicle in touch with a buyer in exchange for a fee of a few hundred dollars. They may make it sound legitimate by offering a “refund insurance”, falsely promising sellers who purchased this insurance a risk-free refund of their initial fee if the vehicle is not sold in 90 days. They’ll often tell the seller that they had undervalued their vehicle and that the price the buyer was willing to pay would cover this fee.

Do your homework.

•    Do you know what is required of both you and the seller to make the transfer of ownership legal in your province?

•    If the ad claims the vehicle has recently passed Air Care, Drive Clean (or your province’s equivalent) make sure you call to confirm. This can be costly if the car hasn’t passed due to serious problems.

It’s in the details.

•    The most common scams are basic ones like trying to pass off an older vehicle than advertised, so know what to look for in the details. Be sure to verify that the kilometers and features listed in the ad match that of the vehicle.

Remember:
Being able to thoroughly inspect an item before paying is a necessity for any purchase, so make sure you can see the vehicle before committing to it. Also, with the potential for large sums of money being exchanged, as a safe alternative to carrying cash, consider choosing your preferred third-party cashless payment method (at your own discretion). Secure cashless payment methods include electronic money transfers. Never mail a cheque or wire money to sellers. It’s best to avoid them entirely and keep things local!

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