FRAUD WARNING POINT One:
Written below is advice on what to look out for when buying online. Please send this on to all your friends as we believe this not only applies to buying vehicles when using the internet, but applies to all internet business. Internet business is flourishing but so too are the criminals.
As you are aware there are MANY fraudsters in this business but there are also a handful of legitimate and trustworthy exporters. www.JapanTradeCar.com is REAL!
We will attempt to show you how to steer clear of the bad guys on your road to buying a lovely used Japanese Vehicle online. Buying DIRECT from Japan is the way forward!
POINT ONE: - Photos
1. Photo Consistency
Photos from a decent company will have consistency. What we mean by that is the back ground should be the same generally. This means that the shots were taken on the same piece of land. Hopefully meaning that the company actually OWNS the vehicles in their yard!!
This is a very big problem and I would suggest that is the first place to look and decide whether you should even enter into conversation with the company. There are THOUSANDS of sites that claim they have an incredible amount of amazing stock but have simply taken photos off other websites and claim they own them. Generally these types of companies own nothing even though they might claim to own 500 cars.
You will send your money and they will:
a. Disappear and not reply to you.
b. Say it’s sold and will supply another. Often something you simply do not want.
c. Will not refund.
2. Multiple Photos
You should see MANY photos not just a few. Ask for all photos, then if you are unsure of the company ask for MORE and be specific on the angles. For example, zoom in on the Stereo and the CD changer, Zoom in on the Chassis Number, show a picture of the exact mileage on the odometer etc. Ask to see something not important at all like photos of the door handles. If the company does not get back to you VERY fast with these requested photos there is a good chance they simply do not own the vehicle.
That is POINT ONE.
To learn more about fraud prevention measures read the second part.