After dropping thousands on a new car, you'll want to hop in and get on the road immediately, which makes sense. Few can resist the temptation of the new car smell. Car dealerships know that, and they can use it to charge you a lot more money than you thought you were going to pay for that car. This tactic is called yo-yo financing, and although it's not legal, 27% of people reported being victims of these scams. One Miami auto fraud lawyer even claims that 30% of his law practice deals with these cases.
This scam is also known as spot delivery. After agreeing to purchase the car, your dealership might tell you the financing is all set and that the car is yours. That may not be a problem for people with good credit scores, but someone with a lower credit score could get a call days after driving their new car off the lot letting them know the bank would not buy the contract from the Dealer. If the financing institution will not buy the contract, the sale may not close, and the buyer in this situation may have to return the car or pay the balance in full. The Dealer may even try to claim the buyer owes money for the mileage he put on the car.
Is it really worth it to pay thousands more down the road just to get your new car a few days early? Certainly not. Going into a deal, a buyer should know and understand what they're agreeing to – no matter how fine the print. You may even want to get pre-approved for a loan from a local credit union or your bank so you know what the terms of the loan are before you even set foot on a dealership's lot. And if you're desperate for a car, rent one until the paperwork is signed. A couple hundred dollars on a rental can save much more than you think down the road.