We previously wrote that meeting a public place is often the safest for both buyer and seller, particularly with TrustHub verification, but where exactly should that be?
This will vary depending on the time and day. In general, you want to meet in a busy, well-lit public space that you can drive to. It also helps if there is a working CCTV system there that you can park under. Examples of such places may be town centres, shopping centres or a large company car park but it will often depend on the time of day. A gym car park may be busier at night than during the day and a shopping centre the opposite. Meeting during the day at the weekend may mean a company car park will be deserted.
Some people meet outside Garda/Police stations but remember that many times the officers may be too busy to notice what’s going on outside or they may out and about.
So try to find the right balance between the amount of lighting, number of passersby and local CCTV surveillance. Criminals want to avoid all of them. TrustHub verification can also help alleviate any concern and mean you can meet anyone, anywhere at anytime.
Ever looked at a car advertised as ‘privately owned’ on a website and really liked it only to ring the seller and ask about ‘the car’? If they respond with ‘which one?’ there’s a good chance they’re a dealer acting as a private seller.
Why would they do this? Well there’s two kinds of dealers: there’s the amateur dealer who wants to ‘turn-a-buck’ by buying, fixing and selling on cars. Then there’s the professional car dealer who wants to offload a ‘lemon’. Some cars aren’t fit for sale to the public or are so unreliable that they’re called ‘lemons’ in the industry. If a dealer takes one of these in by accident or as a trade-in they can’t sell it as normal through their dealership. The cost of guaranteeing the car would outweigh the profit made or it may even be unroadworthy so to avoid their legal obligations to you as a buyer they sell it as a ‘private individual’. This is rightfully illegal but it doesn’t stop some dodgy dealers doing it.
What can you do about it? Well TrustHub won’t verify a car if we think it’s being sold by a dealer. We monitor all transactions so that one individual can’t sell a car more than twice a year. This stops both dodgy dealers and other people trying to potentially offload a lemon on you. Your hard-earned money should be spent on a quality car and TrustHub is here to help you do just that.