Jan 09 2014

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BBB Warns of Online Auto Dealer Scam!

Better Business Bureau® serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming warns consumers to beware of Craig’s Car Center, an online pre-owned truck dealership that claims it is located in Casper, Wyo. According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, this company is not licensed to sell vehicles in that state.

Although the company’s website says it has been in business since 1994, there is no record of the business listed with the Wyoming Secretary of State and according to a domain registry search, craigscarcenter.com was created on Nov. 27, 2013. The company’s website indicates its is located on Salt Creek Parkway in Casper but lists no address. Wyoming Department of Transportation officials have stated that there is no Craig’s Car Center on Salt Creek Highway in Casper. Calls made by BBB to the company asking where it is physically located have not been returned.

“When consumers shop online, we want to make sure they always check additional resources to validate a company’s existence, especially when purchasing big-ticket items.” says Shelley Polansky, VP/communications for Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

BBB recommends the following for buyers when shopping for a car or truck online:

Contact authorities in the state where the company is located to verify it is licensed to operate.

Always check the dealer’s BBB Business Review on our website below!

Beware if the dealer only accepts payment by money-wire transfer.

If purchasing a vehicle out of state, have a person you trust inspect the vehicle in person before paying.

Beware of prices that seem too good to be true.

Start With Trust. For more consumer tips and information, visit our website at BBB Website.

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