The Danger Of Unidentified Wrecks Passing Through Online Car Auctions

The word out there is that there are still big problems with online car auctions. Its not like the old days when you could at least kick the tires. Auction sites have attempted to reassure consumers that they will really get what they paid for, but it does not seem to be the case. Of sure, you can get lucky and safeguard against certain contingencies, but not all of them.

One problem is that some of the safeguards themselves are far from foolproof. For example, the Carfax reports and similar products have been cited as not being all local police car auctions cracked up to be. Carfax reports are useful for verifying the actual chain of ownership of a car, its servicing and that type of stuff. They even have value in making sure that the car you are buying was not salvaged from a total wreck according to insurance company documents. However, you get into a more subtle grey zone when the issue of major accident damage comes up.

The problem stems not from bad intentions at Carfax and the like as to their gathering of information. It stems from the decentralized system that we have in the United States, where there are 50 different states and thousands of counties, municipalities and what not. Some of the problem is with the car auction operators and dealers themselves. They would have quickly gone out of business if they could not tell which cars have been through a repaint job, which cars have had major parts replaced, but they wont always tell you about it.

Another issue that has come up is that the warrantee issued by different auction sites of cars unseen, such as that of eBay motors. These are warrantees that cover cars for the first 1,000 miles or 1 month, but it opens up another whole can of worms. If one takes the time to look at the fine print, this is not a bumper to bumper warrantee, because it excludes all pre-existing conditions. So, unless you are itching to go to small claims court, who is to say if the transmission falls out of the car, one week after you get it, that you didnt have a pre-existing conditions. Generally these auction sites are well respected, and they work with law enforcement officials to detect and stop patterns of fraud, but it must be something that really stands out. The nature of the fraud when selling car lemons is these vehicles are crossing back and forth across state lines. So the different state Attorney Generals must get involved and cooperate to stop auto fraud.

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