Since the pandemic began last year, there has been a sharp rise in car delivery scams. The Better Business Bureau anticipates that it will receive hundreds of complaints this year about such scams, with victims losing well over $1 million.
One such victim is Carolyn Bui. According to CBS News, Bui was looking for a car for her college-age son. She found a 2012 Honda Accord on Facebook for $2,000. She had doubts about the low price but the seller told her it was discounted for a quick sale because the seller was leaving for the military. Bui had asked to see the vehicle but was told it was in storage and it would be delivered instead. Bui was instructed to send the seller $2,000 in gift cars to a specified email. The car never arrived and the gift cards were quickly spent.
Such criminals have technical skills that are adept enough to clone ads and create legitimate-looking websites. And, because consumers are getting very comfortable with online buying due to the existence of COVID-19, online car buying is quickly on the rise.
To protect you and your family from such scams, take heed of such tips:
- If the price is too low, be wary. Check the vehicle’s worth with an online tool from Edmunds, Kelley Blue Book or NADA.
- Avoid sellers who do not want to meet in person or will not talk by telephone.
- Check any car website carefully. The company’s name and its domain, such as “.com” should show up at the end of the URL.
- Never pay with gift cards.
- Do not give your personal or financial information until you verify the company or seller is legitimate.
Speaking of protection, this is also the year to prevent the buildup of harmful viruses, germs and bacteria. Drivers who really want peace of mind as they drive themselves and loved ones should explore NuVinAir’s ‘Total Health’ product line that provides sanitization science and a patented cleaning process to dealerships, rental car companies, and other automotive businesses. NuVinAir’s patented ReStore and ReFresh treatments are used to clean the interior air of the vehicle, including the HVAC system, and remove contaminants, odor, and pollutants by dispensing a dry, hygienic vapor that reaches places that sprays and wipes simply cannot.
Taking deep cleaning to a new level, many dealerships are also offering their customers NuVinAir’s newest product – ReKlenz-X. This EPA-approved, eco-friendly disinfectant kills 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses without compromising a vehicle’s interior. NuVinAir Global, offers a ‘Total Health’ suite of proprietary vehicle-cleanliness solutions and hygienic consulting for automotive businesses. ReKlenz-X is an oxygen-rich formula that quickly kills bacteria and viruses by destroying their cell walls through a process called oxidation. The product contains no harsh chemicals, sticky residue, or dangerous volatile organic compounds, resulting in a clean and disinfected vehicle with no chemical smell.
Until now, any possible solution for killing the coronavirus was wrought with harmful chemicals, expensive equipment, and residue-leaving application devices that harm the vehicle’s interior. As a disinfectant and sanitizer, ReKlenz-X can be applied to all interior vehicle surfaces using a microfiber towel. When paired with NuVinAir’s premier detailing solution, ReNuSurface, and their patented Cyclone treatment, NuVinAir takes deep cleaning to a new level for its automotive partners and their customers.
Check with your local dealership or service center to see if they offer NuVinAir products today!
About NuVinAir Global:
NuVinAir Global is a privately held, Dallas-based company providing healthier commutes for drivers and passengers around the world. They deliver a ‘Total Health’ product line that utilizes sanitization science and a patented cleaning process to dealerships, rental car companies, and other automotive businesses. NuVinAir’s patented ReStore and ReFresh treatments are used to clean the interior air of the vehicle, including the HVAC system, and remove contaminants, odor, and pollutants by dispensing a dry, hygienic vapor that reaches places that sprays and wipes simply cannot. Products and programs are sold through its franchisees, who own protected rights to their defined territories. For more information, visit NuVinAir.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.