Breaking down used car scams for Las Vegas drivers

Porsche Brown thought she made the perfect auto deal with a private seller.

“He was like here are the keys it's only $3,000 cash and if you want, we can go for a test drive,” she said.

However, it wasn’t until she brought the car to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that she learned it was a scam.

“It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book you sell the car to someone that you don’t know, give them a bill of sale, and tell them that will be fine to register it. It won’t you need to get the actual title,” said Kevin Malone, Nevada DMV Spokesman.

Kevin Malone with the DMV says Brown isn’t alone. Malone says fraudulent vehicle sales are happening daily.

“It’s not limited to people selling cars off the street corner there are cars with fake dealer placards that look legitimate, cars are coming in with out-of-state plates with forged state titles,” explained Malone.

Here’s a pro tip from the DMV, if you must wait for a title in the mail, you can verify the vehicle with its title on the national insurance crime bureau website. Just type in the VIN and it tells you if a car has been stolen or considered salvage.

Fortunately, Brown was able to save $13,000 for another vehicle at a used car lot but quickly learned she made another imperfect deal.

“When I took it into Jeep, they said that tire was broken. It’s not the sensor,” said Brown.

Brown is now forced to pay for more car repairs.

Buyers are urged to get used vehicles checked before completing the sale and another warning, with the severe flooding throughout the country the DMV, says car buyers should beware of flood-damaged vehicles potentially making their way into the Silver State.

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