If classified car deal seems too good to be true, walk away

A reader recently wrote in about a heck of a deal on a car in a classified ad. A collectible car was listed for sale for $15,000 and, as a longtime car aficionado, he knew the vehicle could fetch up to $100,000 in the right condition.

He didn’t write to suggest that you can get great deals in the classifieds, but rather that the only thing such a price could mean is a scam. Indeed, car scams like this are prevalent, not only on online classified sites, but also in newspapers.

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What’s this mystery bill from DTG Operations?

When Vuong Tg’s girlfriend rented a car from an airport rental lot, and returned it to a different airport, she and the clerk walked around the car, conducted a final inspection and noted no damages.

The clerk said, “You’re good to go,” offered the receipt, and sent her and Tg on their way.

That was at the end of May. Can you guess where we’re going with this?
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On the losing end of a Hotwire car rental gamble

Maggie Wilsin was just looking for a deal on a rental car in Rapid City, SD, recently. But she found more than she bargained for on Hotwire.

The online travel agency offered her a rate that looked too good to be true: just 41 cents a day.

That’s no typo. Forty-one cents.
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