Opinion: Woman Got Scammed Buying Mission Car on Craigslist – Mission City Record

The most popular story so far this month online for the Mission Record concerns a woman who was sued – and lost – after buying a lemon.

No, not the fruit, but a Mission resident’s lemon vehicle after spotting an ad on Craigslist.

You can read more about the story here, but basically she bought the vehicle and then the car imploded on the way back from Mission.

A Civil Resolution Court arbitrator ruled in favor of the seller, and our readers were divided as to whether this was fair.

I have received many comments since then, the most interesting from Jerome Rodriguez with Pioneer Chrysler Jeep, Mission.

“First of all, it’s always unfortunate to see situations like this when someone loses their hard-earned money because of a misrepresentation or a misunderstanding or even bad luck,” Rodriquez said. “Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to avoid these situations.”

Rodriquez offered these five tips to keep you safe:

• Run the “selected vehicle” through an inspection: These inspections are performed by trained professionals and can be performed through your local service shop or car dealership. The process involves a thorough inspection of the vehicle to certify its current condition. This inspection will reveal any potential issues it may have and also tell you if it is safe to drive or not. These, however, can cost up to $150-250.

• Always ask for a CARFAX report and lien check: Carfaxes are official vehicle history reports that will tell you exactly how many owners the vehicle has had, where everything has been driven and if there are any had accidents, etc. Additionally, having a lien check is also integral because when your private transaction is complete, the car is transferred to your name with all outstanding payments. These detailed reports are essential when buying a used vehicle, but can cost up to $61.

• Understanding the seller: This is probably the hardest part of a private transaction. You need to carefully weigh everything the salesperson tells you because despite his “honest answers” ​​you may never know why he actually sold this car. It could be a major repair that they hid, or the fact that the car is still in the workshop. Maybe it has an unpleasant smell or maybe it’s unreliable.

• Avoid Curbers: These people pretend to be private sellers when in reality they are selling cars without a license. Since they operate without a car dealership license, cars purchased through them may not be protected by the Vehicle Sales Authority of BC (VSA).

• Buyer Beware: No matter how good your due diligence, how prepared you are, or even if you’ve followed all of the advice above, if the deal goes wrong, there will be no recourse.

“Despite your best efforts, the car may still have accidents that don’t show up on Carfax,” Rodriquez said. “There may still be problems that an inspection does not reveal. Or the seller might be lying to you outright. That’s the hard truth when it comes to private sales.

Fortunately, there is already a means provided by the government which gives you the possibility of legal recourse, in the event of a problem, at no cost to you as the buyer. The VSA was created exactly for the purpose of protecting all consumers in the market.

“This authority imposes all of the above advice and the latest safety laws and regulations on dealerships like us (Pioneer Chrysler Jeep, Mission) to ensure that all used and new cars are properly inspected, safe to lead with legal recourse, if necessary,” he said. “We also do a thorough background check and reveal it to the buyer at the time of purchase. This whole process, if done by the consumer, can cost a pretty penny assuming they don’t. there is no damage to the vehicle.

Rodriquez urged people to go through a dealership to reduce risk.

Chris Campbell is the acting editor of the Mission Record.

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