Attorney General Curtis Hill today asked Hoosiers to watch for car dealers posing as private sellers on Craigslist — and to alert the Office of the Attorney General if and when they come across such listings.
Typically, dealers trying to mislead potential buyers will:
• post photos of vehicles parked in residential neighborhood settings rather than on dealer lots
• write ads appearing to be from private sellers, using language such as “I am selling my…”
• provide contact information simply featuring someone’s first name and cell number, omitting any mention of the dealership or the dealership’s phone number or address
Once reached on their cellphones, dealership employees often direct potential buyers to their commercial lots — hoping that once they have a consumer interested in a specific vehicle, the consumer will be agreeable to purchasing the vehicle from the dealer regardless of the consumer’s original intentions.
The Office of the Attorney General is currently investigating multiple dealers who have engaged in such behavior.