Avoid Frauds while importing Used Japanese Cars

How to avoid fraud when you import Used Cars from Japan?

The Automobile Industry of Japan is one of the largest industries in the entire world due to the high reliability, top quality and remarkable performance of Japanese cars. New as well as used cars from Japan are in great demand in the global market. Every month nearly 50,000 used automobiles are exported from Japan to different nations like Kenya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Tanzania, Dubai, Zambia, Australia, South America, Georgia, Russia etc.

Due to the advent of Internet, Japanese used car exporters provide their services online now. This has greatly simplified the process. The process has become quicker and more effective. Yet when you deal on the Internet, you could be cheated by online frauds. Often even fraud dealers have many attractive websites. These websites may carry many attractive offers and good stock at cheap rates. Yet these could be frauds to attract you.

If you place an order for used car in haste, you may even send the money but get no response. Maybe it is when you get no response at all that you look for other details like address and phone number and realize that nothing exists. Hence, it is always wiser to be cautious beforehand. Read more »

How to Detect Odometer Tampering?

How to look for signs of Odometer Tampering?

If you are planning to buy a used car or truck, one thing you should look out for is odometer tampering. Often, people try to increase the car’s resale value by tampering the Odometer. There are different means by which fraudsters alter the Analog or Digital Odometer to hide facts regarding car’s mileage. Anyway, there are ways and means to detect and find out if there has been any foul play.  Here are a few tips you may follow to identify any tampering in Analog or Digital Odometer.

Tips to detect Odometer Tampering

Analog Odometer Tampering Signs:

Relatively older Used Cars will possess an Analog Odometer. Here are the signs you should look for in Analog Odometers:

  • Check whether you see any misaligned digits. Check closely for numbers of larger denomination.
  • Check if there are any screws missing in the dashboard near the gauge cluster
  • Check whether the dashboard is used or whether it is new. Check whether the instrument panel has been replaced.

Digital Odometer Tampering Signs:

Most modern vehicles possess a Digital Odometer. Here are a few signs which will reveal to you digital tampering.

  • Examine car tires with regard to wear and tear, if the four tires match one another as well as the original company sales specifications.
  •  Inspect the seat, gas pedal, brake pedal and upholstery deterioration.
  •  Conduct an automobile history report which reveals the automobile’s paper trail since it pertains to odometer issues, accidents, title brand as well as frame damage.
  •  Conduct an engine as well as transmission fluid analysis. Experts examine the fluid by parts-per-million, evaluating data comparing with original maker’s specifications to determine how the car was maintained.
  •  By carrying out these inspections, you can determine if an automobile’s engine or transmission parts have been raced, overheated, filled with additives to conceal mechanical issues or flooded. Read more »

Common Car Dealer Scams

Auto related consumer complaints rank among the highest among all the industries.  Enough to make even the hardcore auto enthusiast hesitate before buying a new or used car.  Being forewarned is to be forearmed.  Knowing the pitfalls and what to expect will prepare the buyer to avoid being accosted by false claims from salesmen and loan sharks and give him the confidence to make the intelligent choice. Here we present some common car dealer scams and tips how to avoid them.

The Quick Fix

The intelligent buyer decides what he wants in advance and asks the relevant questions to get answers to his satisfaction.  Salesmen want to hurry the buyer into closing a deal at the earliest and make all kinds of promises to secure the order.  His ammunition consists of one-time offers, haggling, and promises for on-the-spot delivery.  The customer should state what he wants and what kind of money he is willing to spend.  If they have what the customer wants, fine.  If not, there are other sellers.

Staying Guarded

When at a car dealer’s showroom, the buyer should try and stick to just one auto professional, instead of being shunted between different people.  The astute buyer is one that decides who would be the best person to provide him with the information he is seeking and only approach him.

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Car dealer scams to avoid

1. Advertising Gimmicks

Most car dealers make tall claims and promises with extras thrown in for good measure and display a great looking model to attract customers.  The customer is in for a surprise when he arrives at the showroom and is shown a lesser model and is coerced into buying it.  The smart customer should just walk away from such a trap.

2. The Hidden Bill

Prior to signing anything, the shrewd car buyer must ensure there are no hidden extras added to the final invoice.  He should read through the details to make sure the regular add ons like rust-proofing, extra-cleaning, alarms, fabric protection, etc are not being charged as extras.  The auto dealer will charge very steeply for doing the VIN (Vehicle Information Number) etching too.  It is far cheaper if the buyer gets a DIY kit and makes it at home.

3. Being held at ransom

The buyer needs to beware of auto professionals who ask for their current car keys to “test-drive” or use some such excuse to keep the buyer from escaping their sales pitch.

The surge in customer complaints against used-car dealers and their salesmen is on the rise.  Also, car sales volumes have dipped and are expected to decline over the next couple of years.  It is a daunting task for the dealers to ensure they get their customers to return.

The wise buyer should also seek his loan officer’s advice on how much he can prudently spend before buying a new car.