Bureau Says Online Car Dealer is Fraud

Bureau Says Online Car Dealer is Fraud

The Better Business Bureau that serves Wyoming and northern Colorado issued a statement this week warning consumers to beware of Craig's Car Center, which is an online pre-owned truck dealership that claims to be located in Casper.

The bureau release states that according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, the company is not licensed to sell vehicles in the 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 of 2013.

The company’s website indicates it's located on Salt Creek Parkway in Casper, but lists no address. Officials with the state transportation department have stated that there is no Craig’s Car Center on Salt Creek Highway in Casper. Calls made by the bureau to the company asking where it is physically located have not been returned.

Shelley Polansky is the bureau's vice-president of communications. She says her department wants to make sure that consumers always check additional resources to validate a company's existence, when shopping online.

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 at bbb.org.

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 wynco.bbb.org.

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