Location, Location, Location

Beware of someone you meet on Craigslist or via classified ads who is interested in purchasing your car but want to meet you in a private location. Crimes have occurred when sellers have gone to meet with so-called buyers in non-public locations. 

Meet up in safe spaces – such as at a mechanic, where you can have the vehicle inspected in front of the buyer – while meeting in a public place; or in front of a police station; or in a public – commonly frequented parking lot, such as a large box store.

Make sure to meet the prospective buyer in a safe, public area. If possible, choose an area that has video surveillance cameras. Also, try not to meet a prospective buyer alone- take a family member or friend with you to the meeting.

Strange Financing Requests

Reject any weird financing requests from the buyer. These include the buyer wanting to send you a personal check with extra money included for you to ship the car. By the time you have shipped the car to the buyer, the check has bounced, and you are left with no car and no money to show for it. It’s best to let buyers know upfront that you will only accept cash for these types of sales.

Sometimes buyers offer to send you too much money, then want you to forward the money on to someone else. This is always a scam.

Be really careful with payment options, as these are the most common scams and sometimes the most difficult to detect. If you sell through Trusted Sale, we manage the whole transaction and the passing of money – to ensure you are protected.

Shipping a Vehicle

Unfortunately, most requests to ship a vehicle are typically scams. Maybe not always – but most often. Don’t ever agree to ship a vehicle to another country. Many of these requests, no matter how legitimate they sound, are scams.

It can be so easy to get caught up in the excitement of a sale that sometimes we let things slide, or justify the rationale in our minds. Don’t be too eager to close a deal that you miss warning signs. If the deal seems too good to be true or the sale goes through too easily, it probably is.

With a little forethought, you can successfully sell your vehicle online or in the classified ads. Just make sure to avoid scams like the ones above!

From his success on the sales floor of an automotive dealership  to becoming a veteran trainer and then the adoption of technology for Internet-based marketing, his career has evolved to deliver the skills and tools needed to help consumers. Richie Bello combined his automotive expertise with his robust desire to “take care of the customer first” to become an automotive influencer, published author, and renowned trainer.  Bello absorbed the wants and needs of consumers as he worked up the ladder of the automotive industry.

Over the thirty-five years of his career, he developed strong Internet marketing skills, leading him to developing software solutions that create ease for consumers, and helps dealers improve relationships with customers. Innovation drives success. And, for Bello, it’s in his DNA. took years to come to consumers and arrived in a timely manner, during the 2020 Pandemic. With over 6 million vehicles on the site, features that help consumers deliver, finance and warranty, Bello has met the retail digital age head on.

Bello also is founder of Richie Bello Institute of Leadership and Management, a 501C3 not for profit, dedicated to the recruitment, education and employment of veterans into the automotive industry. Visit


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