Posts Tagged ‘Old Town’

Buying a car online?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Food for Thought!!

What You Need To Know About Buying a Car Online
Buying used cars over the Internet is convenient—and it’s also a great place for scam artists looking to get their hands on your money.
In recent years, along with the increase in online car purchases, there’s been a huge rise in online fraud. According to the 2012 Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report, online auto fraud accounted for over 17,000 complaints, adding up to $64 million in consumer losses.
The scam usually begins with a used car being advertised on a respectable website – with some urgent-sounding reason for an incredibly low asking price. Before you decide on buying the type of car you want, get a quote on car insurance for the vehicle to see what it’s going to cost you.
Online car-buying scams are getting more sophisticated; increasingly, they are using website designs that look very similar to the legitimate companies’ websites, sometimes even displaying the legitimate companies’ logos.
Scammers are even going so far as to include 800 numbers and live-chat with unsuspecting buyers to provide more detailed information on the fake buyer- protection programs they play up. So, what can you do to prevent from becoming a victim? First, watch out for these red flags.
• Advertise cars at too-good-to-be true prices. • Want to move transactions from the original website to another site. • Claim that the transaction is guaranteed by PayPal, Craigslist, eBay, or other online marketplace. These sites do not guarantee that people using their services are genuine. • Refuse to meet in person or allow potential buyers to inspect the car ahead of time. Avoid Sellers Who:
• Ask for funds to be wired ahead of time. (Scammers use wire transfers because it’s the same thing as sending cash in the mail. Once the money is gone, it’s lost for good.) • Demand immediate payment due to some phony reason, such as military deployment or a tragic family emergency. • Require that the money be sent to a specific escrow account. You should choose the escrow service. Avoid Sellers Who:
Call the seller to establish phone contact. If the seller ignores details agreed to via e-mail or is unable to answer questions about their location or the car’s whereabouts, it’s probably a scam. Actions to protect yourself:
• Get your own CARFAX report (Scammers pull real CARFAX reports of real cars to represent fake listings. • Check with the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Their free database includes flood damage and other information about a car’s history. • Verify that the online escrow company you are using is legitimate. Check their Web site for spelling or grammatical errors – they may have been copied from real sites. Actions to protect yourself:
• Visit the escrow’s Web site directly, not through a link sent to you by the seller. • Research the escrow company through the Better Business Bureau. Actions to protect yourself:
Remember, the crooks cast a wide net for potential victims, sending out millions of e-mails in hopes that someone bites. Do your own research before you do any business online and make sure you know how much your car insurance will cost before you buy your new car.
Cost-U-Less is here to help! If you have any questions on auto insurance, talk to a Cost-U-Less agent for your free quote today!

Reposted from presentation — AMD

Fuel Pump — Insider Tip from the Mouth of the Mechanic!!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Yes!! this Vanagon camper is for sale!!

John Mitchell says ” keep at least a quarter of a tank of fuel in your tank at all times in the summer. It will keep the fuel pump from overheating”.

When you have a 1/4 tank of fuel.. make it a priority to fuel up.

Also, don’t forget to have your mechanic check your air filters on your next service. With all the smoke and ash from the Colorado Fires, there is a potential of needing a new filter.

Car Talk.com Reviews!! Woo Hoo!!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

**John and the entire crew at European Motor Cars are top notch, 100% honest and bend over backwards to complete the work on my cars when they say they will at the price quoted, never a surprise. Their prices are what I would describe as competitive or better with the rest of the independent shops in Northern Colorado and way more reasonable than the dealerships. I can’t say enough about their ability to diagnose and repair all of my VW’s quirks, from little jobs to big complicated ones. These guys will not let you down, kinda like a breath of “Fresh Air” in the automotive service industry!

**These Guys ROCK!!! I have bought three cars from them and they are all great cars! John is a great mechanic and is very knowledgeable. John also takes the time to answer all your questions. I strongly recommend these guys for all European cars!

***These guys are a great alternative to the dealers in the area. They often have saved me $100’s. Hard to say that about a dealer. Nothing fancy here…no customer area/waiting, no complimentary bagels or coffee. Could use a MUCH nicer facility to be a GREAT dealership. Otherwise, great place to take your Mercedes, SAAB, Volvo, BMW and VW. Just don’t try and sit or lean on anything…you could pick-up some 5 year old grease!

***In my 30 years of dealing with repair shops, this is the best shop. john is very knowledgeable and professional, and he stands by his work. i recommend European motor cars wholeheartedly.