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Iodine Sat 13-Oct-12 19:38:38

DP is looking for a new car and has found a 11 plate golf for £2,900 on gumtree. The normal price for this age golf is £10K at least.

He wants to check it out but I don't see the point of wasting time and money to do it as I think it's a scam. AIBU?

Tuttutitlookslikerain Sat 13-Oct-12 19:40:10

YANBU, there's no such thing as a free lunch as they say!

SmellsLikeTeenStrop Sat 13-Oct-12 19:40:57

if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

NicholasTeakozy Sat 13-Oct-12 19:42:14

It's a scam

Iodine Sat 13-Oct-12 19:42:58

Out of interest any idea what the scam is?

McHappyPants2012 Sat 13-Oct-12 19:43:07

Message the seller, the seller maybe emigrating and wants a quick sale or maybe he/she has left the 1 at the begining

Iodine Sat 13-Oct-12 19:44:54

Well they claim they are moving abroad but why wouldn't they go to we buy any car who will give them closer to 2.9k

Iodine Sat 13-Oct-12 19:45:22

Sorry closer to normal price than 2.9k

wannabedomesticgoddess Sat 13-Oct-12 19:47:44

Theres a good chance it has been in an accident/still on finance/stolen.

ToothGah Sat 13-Oct-12 19:48:16

Aren't there scammers who then nick the car you've turned up in when you meet them in a dodgy car park to view said bargain car? Sure I saw it on Watchdog or something.

Avoid, OP.

McHappyPants2012 Sat 13-Oct-12 19:56:14

I tend to use sites like this before committing to buy a car

Tuttutitlookslikerain Sat 13-Oct-12 19:57:26

Is it the one in Milton Keynes?

The first line of the ad says 2011 Golf, under year of manufacture it says 2009!
The picture of the car is a Golf GTi and the ad makes no mention of that!

On the second picture it reads and I quote "Please send me at: (person's email address). Do not reply me through websited because I don't receive your message."

It is obviously a scam!

ShellyBoobs Sat 13-Oct-12 19:58:23

This is 100% a scam.

The scam could be that they owe loads for the car on finance.

You give them £2.9k for it. They scarper off abroad with your money then the finance company come and take the car back.

There are loads of other scams with cars, too. It could be stolen and have false plates on it.

SoleSource Sat 13-Oct-12 20:20:04


Avoid. Avoid. Avoid some more.

Bogeyface Sat 13-Oct-12 20:31:24

AS they say, if it seems to good to be true then it is.

I dont know anyone who uses Gumtree anymore, because as it is so unregulated it has become a hotbed for scammers. I might buy something for £20 on there, but not a penny more.

If something is going to be popular and worth alot of money then surely it is worth the while of the seller to invest a little money to sell on Ebay for example, in order to get the best possible price?

AnnaLiza Sat 13-Oct-12 20:34:29

My parents once put an ad on Loot for an old Nissan people's carrier that said it was £50 instead of £500. They had to keep the mobile switched off for a week grin

MrsDeVere Sat 13-Oct-12 22:23:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SoleSource Sat 13-Oct-12 22:30:25

Theives use Ebay too. Theives sell car parts on there after stealing the car and breaking it up. It is everywhere on the net at least.

Iodine Sun 14-Oct-12 11:16:52

I've told him to steer clear. Even if all the checks came through clear (not likely), there's still something up with this.

Iodine Tue 16-Oct-12 22:07:29

Anyone want an update?

I changed the story a bit to be less recognisable. It was a friend and his gf who were actually looking at the car. I warned them it was dodgy as hell!

They turned up and the man told them to see the car they had to transfer a "good will gesture" of £200 into his account. Apparently friends phoned the police but DP didn't know what happened after that.

SoleSource Tue 16-Oct-12 22:17:38

Oooh gawd, crazy con artistes out there Make my blood boil.

Iodine Tue 16-Oct-12 22:26:34

I can't believe they thought even for a second the ad might be genuine though.

sooperdooper Tue 16-Oct-12 22:32:00

I wouldn't trust anything on gumtree whatsoever, it's full of scams

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