Beware, used auto buyers! CarFax reports don’t always tell the complete story. As a result, you just might get duped into buying a lemon from an auto dealer that swears by the authenticity of a clean, “accident-free” CarFax report for the vehicle.
There’s a secret slang vocabulary that vehicle dealerships use to describe the sales tactics they use to bump up their sales numbers. One of the terms they use is “puppy-dogging,” a strategy that is as old as car dealerships themselves.
For many people the prospect of buying a new car is intimidating. Unlike most purchases where you can simply stand in line with your item and then hand over your credit card for payment, purchasing a car involves much more human interaction. That can be a major drawback to potential buyers, especially when sales tactics are used to pressure customers into making a purchase.
Have you ever gone to a car dealership and felt that something was just a little bit… off? Perhaps it was something that you couldn’t quite put your finger on—the salesperson seemed dishonest, was overly aggressive or even overly friendly. Whatever it was, your instinct may have been right: Some auto dealers have been known to commit fraud.