I know a man who owned his own used-car dealership up north for several decades.
I’m sure you know all the negative stereotypes about used-car dealers — by his own admission, he fit them all perfectly.
He’s told me all kinds of ways that he used to cheat his customers, his suppliers, his competitors, and especially the state and federal government.
Those “skills” made him a very successful used-car dealer — and continue to make him a very successful, part-time curber, who illegally avoids paying thousands of dollars of dealer’s license fees, car license and title-transfer fees, and sales taxes every year.
They also made him an extremely unethical human being — or maybe he was already an extremely unethical human being, and that’s why he was so successful as a used car dealer.
Either way, as the old saying goes, it takes a thief to catch a thief, so if I were looking to buy a used car, he’s the kind of expert that I would want to go with me, to inspect and test drive any car that I’d be interested in buying.
He knows how to use — and recognize someone else’s use of — every mechanical, chemical, and cosmetic trick in the book, to make a bad car seem to be a good car. He also knows all of the psychological tricks that pushy salespeople use to manipulate potential buyers — so he would be highly qualified to help me avoid being cheated or manipulated by an unscrupulous seller.
Here’s an article that describes How To Vastly Reduce The Odds Of Being Ripped Off When Buying A Used Car.
I haven’t found any videos that describe the specific details of car sellers’ treachery, but here’s a pretty good general-education video about how to test drive a used car:
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